New Zealand

Catholic educator warns after condom giveaway to teens Comments 1

JCHS condoms reszied

A Catholic education leader is sounding a note of warning after an experiment in giving condoms to teens in a college was hailed as a success. The chief executive of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office, Br Sir Patrick Lynch, spoke about an experiment at James Cook High School in south Auckland. Condoms were given Read more

Catholic Workers plan peace vigils against Iraq deployment Comments 0

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Catholic Workers groups in the Hokianga and Otaki are organising peace vigils to oppose military deployment to Iraq. The vigils are among those to be held around New Zealand at 5pm on March 5 under the auspices of Peace Movement Aotearoa. They will call for increased humanitarian assistance and diplomatic support for Middle East peace Read more


Cardinal Mafi returns home to celebrating Tonga Comments 0

Mafi Tonga reszied

Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi returned to Tonga on February 26 after what he described as a “humbling” experience in Rome. The Tongan cardinal was given his red hat by Pope Francis at the Vatican on February 14. On his arrival back in Tonga, Cardinal Mafi said he had not been given any permanent role Read more

Catholic Education Sunday in Fiji extended to a week Comments 0

Abp Loy Chong Fiji resized

Catholic schools in Suva archdiocese celebrated Catholic Education over a week in February, instead of on one day as in previous years. Archdiocese Catholic education director Pio Bosco said Archbishop Peter Loy Chong changed the duration of the celebration. Instead of having it in July, the timing of the celebration was also changed to be Read more


Relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’ Comments 0


Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the Read more

Charity OK. But first, take your medicine! Comments 0


The Pope on his return flight from the Philippines to Italy suggested that when western help to third world countries is only available if they accept western ideas into a culture as “ideological colonization”. Gender ideologies from the wealthy Western Read more

NZ education speaker rejects jibe at nuns as teachers Comments 4

Sr Gemma Simmonds resized

A keynote speaker at June’s New Zealand Catholic Education Convention has slammed Britain’s shadow education secretary for a jibe about nuns as teachers. Sr Gemma Simmonds, CJ, told the Tablet that Labour’s Tristam Hunt had shown “breathtaking ignorance and bigotry”. His jibe came on the BBC’s Question Time programme last month, when the topic under Read more

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  • Here’s how social media builds empathy


    I saw it all in my newsfeed this week: a former roommate gave birth (to twins!), a friend raised money to rebuild his home after a fire, a grad school professor started chemotherapy for lymphoma and his digital support group, “#downwithlumpy,” went viral. I liked, donated, tweeted, commented and prayed over those updates. I witnessed Read more

  • Two years on: forgotten pope sees out days in the shadows


    It was feared he would become a sort of shadow pope. Instead he has opted to see out what remains of his life in the shadows. Two years after becoming the first leader of the Catholic Church to resign in seven centuries, Benedict XVI has melted away from public view, even if he remains a Read more