New Zealand

Denis Browne – 38 years a bishop, 52 years a priest Comments 0


The retiring Bishop of Hamilton, New Zealand, has been a bishop for 38 years, serving in three dioceses, The Cook Islands, Auckland and Hamilton. He has been a priest for 52 years. “Looking back over nearly 38 years as a Bishop in three different Dioceses, I am grateful for the wonderful support and loyalty that Read more

100 year old crozier accidentally discovered Comments 0


The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay, has accidentally come across a 100 year old crozier (bishop’s staff) locked away in a storage room. On Sunday night Bishop Ross and Bishop Jim White gave it back to Maori at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Khyber Pass. It was accepted by Bishop Kito Pikaahu, Read more


Archbishop Chong encourages Boys Town graduates Comments 0

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Archbishop Peter Chong encouraged graduates of Montfort Boys Town last weekend to continue with the hard work when they join the career world. He told the 45 graduates in carpentry, cabinet-making and automotive that the life story of Thomas Edison, inventor of batteries, electric lights and power, set a challenge for everyone to do better in Read more

Vanuatu Christian Council condemns sorcery hangings Comments 0


The Vanuatu Christian Council has condemned the hanging of two suspected sorcerers on the island of Akaham in South Malekula. The general secretary of the Council, Shem Temar, told Radio Australia International that pastors are supposed to promote Christian values which includes respect for human life. He said more information was needed before he could comment Read more


The truth about evil Comments 1


When Barack Obama vows to destroy Islamic State’s “brand of evil” and David Cameron declares that Islamic State (ISIS) is an “evil organisation” that must be obliterated, they are echoing Tony Blair’s judgment of Saddam Hussein: “But the man’s uniquely Read more

Bad religion finds fault with earth’s beauty Comments 0

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Bad religion. There’s a lot of it around still, though I am convinced there’s less of it (at least of the Christian variety) than there has been in the past. Even so, desperately bad religion dominates the daily paper, from Read more

New Bishop for Hamilton Comments 0


Fr. Stephen Lowe has been appointed the third Bishop of Hamilton in New Zealand. He replaces bishop Denis Browne who has retired. He is at present Director of formation at the National Seminary, Holy Cross College. Hearing of the announcement Bishop Browne said, “I am delighted that Hamilton will receive a Bishop with such pastoral Read more

  • Features

  • Five deathbed regrets


    For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate Read more

  • Joseph Ratzinger and communion for remarried divorcees


    In 1972, less than five years before his nomination as bishop and cardinal, when he was still a member of the international theological commission set up by Paul VI, Joseph Ratzinger expressed himself in favour of admitting remarried divorcees to the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was on the condition that a couple’s second union Read more

  • World

  • Dignity not charity demands Pope Comments 0


    Pope Francis is demanding dignity, not charity, for the world’s poor and hungry. His comments came on Friday at a UN conference on nutrition hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. The Pontiff condemned speculation in food commodities and greed, saying they undermined the global fight against poverty and hunger. “It is also painful to Read more

  • Synod 2015: same, same, but different Comments 0


    Pope Francis has appointed staunch critic, South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to an otherwise unchanged group of organisers for part two of the Synod on the Family in 2015. Napier was one of a number of strong public critics and at a press conference on October 14 said the initial Synod document’s message of openness Read more

  • Emeritus popes should return to college of cardinals Comments 0


    Hubert Wolf, Professor of Church History at the University of Münster, is calling for a clearer distinction between “pope” and “pope emeritus”. According to Wolf, there are fears that “around Francis and Benedict XVI two competing power centres could come into being in the curia, with pope and antipope at the top of each.” The Read more

  • Vatican eyes work conditions and environment in World Fisheries Day message Comments 0


    The Vatican is calling for a renewed commitment to ensure the world’s fishers and their families are not isolated and exploited. “Fishing is recognized as one of the most dangerous professions in the world with hundreds of lives lost at sea every year and many more affected by occupational hazards, (and) Fishers can be easily exploited, Read more

  • Vatican bank turns a €23m corner Comments 0


    The return of €23m to the Vatican Bank marks a turning point in being accepted again by Italy’s banks. After blocking the funds in a 2010 money laundering investigation, an Italian bank returned the money last week. The Vatican Bank, whose official name is “Institute for Works of Religion” (IOR), said in a statement, the return of Read more

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