New Zealand

Suzanne Aubert takes another step towards sainthood. Comments 0

The Theologians examining Suzanne Aubert’s cause have accepted the writings, spirituality and goodness of Suzanne Aubert. In 1997 the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference agreed to support the first part of the formal process, called the “Introduction of the Cause of Suzanne Aubert”. Then a historical consultation (Posito) was completed and presented for  theological consultation Read more

Deaf complain about Jehovah’s Witness church Comments 0

New Zealand’s deaf community is fed up with unsolicited house calls, claiming the Jehovah’s Witness church is targeting deaf households. Deaf Aotearoa has received multiple complaints from around the country and says church members visited certain homes because they were aware a deaf person lived there. The organisation released a statement on Monday, saying it Read more


Wake up call for Oceania Comments 0


State of the Environment report for Oceania 2015 – Caring for our Common Home was released on October 4 by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. This report may help to wake New Zealanders and Australians up to the serious environmental problems exisiting in their own backyard. A Caritas indicator included in the publication gives a snapshot Read more

Faith is the glue in Pasifika Rugby World cup teams Comments 0


A shared Christian faith played a big part in all of the Pasifika teams competing in the Rugby World Cup. And it was not just a matter of praying for a victory. That strategy was no doubt not ignored; on this occasion seems to have been remarkably unsuccessful. But it was their shared Christian faith Read more


The Vatican must speak on conscientious objection Comments 0


For as long as anyone can remember, the Vatican has had a special genius for snatching public relations defeat from the jaws of victory. Even by that standard, the fracas surrounding Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis last week, which Read more

The marital covenant and mercy Comments 3


It is true that the issue of “remarried divorcees” is mainly a Western concern. It is also true that it has drawn a great deal of media attention. On the one hand, Instrumentum laboris, the summary of topics for discussion Read more

Cardinal Dew to help prepare final synod document Comments 0

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New Zealand’s Cardinal John Dew has been named to a 10-member committee responsible for drafting the final document from the synod on the family. The synod, which runs from October 4-25, has as its theme: “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world.” Its final document is expected to Read more

  • Features

  • The surprising faith of world’s toughest rugby players


    At an audience in the Vatican in 2013, standing in front of the assembled Italian and Argentine rugby squads – hard-bitten, elite sportsmen, in the toughest, roughest of games – Pope Francis reached for a metaphor. Wanting to convey the need for cooperation in life, he said: “The important thing is not running alone. We Read more

  • Catholics who aren’t Catholic

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    Nine percent of Americans say that they are Catholics, but that Catholicism is not their religion! That striking fact was uncovered in recent research by the Pew Research Centre. Two out of 10 respondents told the Pew pollsters that they are Catholics in the sense that they “claim the faith as their current religion.” Another one Read more