New Zealand

Pasifika mums hope their children join a church Comments 0


Many Pasifika mothers hope their children will belong to a church. However european mothers are far more likely to hope their children would grow up to respect cultural diversity. This is one of the findings survey of about 7000 expectant parents of children born in Auckland and Waikato in 2009-10. The $3 million-a-year Growing Up Read more

Ethics education needed in schools Comments 0


Young people need to study ethics and values in school to help them navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse society says Catherine Syms. She is undertaking doctoral research through the Institute of Education to gauge the diverse views of intermediate-age students in a multicultural state school. She’ll then use her findings as the basis Read more


Vatican’s hope for Diwali – May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts Comments 0


“May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts, homes and communities, and may all your celebrations deepen the sense of belonging to one another in your families and neighbourhoods, and so further harmony and happiness, peace and prosperity.” This is the hope expressed by the Vatican Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue as it acknowledges the the Read more

New diocesan seminary in Guam Comments 0


A new diocesan seminary has been established in Guam. On Wednesday archbishop Anthony Sablan canonically erected the new St. John Paul the Great Archdiocesan Seminary of Guam. The ceremony took place after a Mass which was celebrated in the parish church of San Isidro in Malojloj. Attached to the church is the former Carmelite Monastery, Read more


Synod of Bishops 2014 just the beginning Comments 0


Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the tumultuous Synod of Bishops on the family, conclusions are up in the air as to what it all meant. Given the clear divisions that ran through the summit, it should Read more

Violent talk and the sins of the father Comments 0


The week before our Prime Minister promised to “shirt-front” the president of Russia, I was at the gravesite of a man who hit his wife so hard she went through a door. The man was my grandfather, on my father’s Read more

Archbishop Dew summarises synod on family Comments 1

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Archbishop John Dew says the discussion at and after the synod on the family is ultimately about people’s lives and it is clear that people are hurting. In a summary statement on the synod, Archbishop Dew said “if the Church is to be a mother that consoles, encourages, reaches out, supports it must listen to what Read more

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  • Pope Francis’ final Synod speech: full text


    Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Read more

  • Migrants’ tales: death in the Mediterranean


    The boat sank quickly. One minute Fahad Abdul Kariem was wedged into the hold, legs apart so that another migrant could sit in front of him. The next, the Mediterranean swell was rolling the vessel, the motion aggravated by the scores of African and Indian migrants clinging to the roof canopy. And everyone was in Read more

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