New Zealand

Leading Rabbi invited by Bishops’ committee to speak in NZ Comments 1

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The NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations have invited Rabbi Fred Morgan to visit New Zealand this month. The invitation is to mark the 50th Anniversary of the historical document Nostra Aetate – the Declaration on the Relation of the Catholic Church to Non-Christian Religions published in 1965. He will speak first on 9 Read more

Decontruction of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral approved Comments 0

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CERA has given its approval under Section 38 to take down parts of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch New Zealand. The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch has capped the cost for this first stage of the restoration at $45 million. It is seeking to fundraise raise $15 million of that total. The proposed Read more

Pacific

Christian State supporter Oni Kirwin barred from Fiji Comments 0

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Fiji’s Immigration Director, Nemani Vuniwaqa, has confirmed that the prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama had banned Fiji-born (Mere)oni Kirwin from entering the country. Oni Kirwin is a controversial figure who lives in Australia. According to some commentators she has little credibility and little support. Vuniwaqi told the Fiji Sun that Kirwin was “in attempts to form a so-called Read more

Emeritus Archbishop of Suva Archbishop Pearce R.I.P. Comments 1

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Archbishop Emeritus of Suva, George H. Pearce, SM died on Sunday, August 30. He was 94. Pearce was a member of the Society of Mary. He was ordained a priest in 1947 by Archbishop Richard J. Cushing at Our Lady of Victories Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He taught at the Marist Fathers’ Preparatory Seminary in Read more

Opinion

Crisis Pregnancy Comments 1

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She is 16 and at a friend’s party when she meets the boy. He says he loves her and there is no risk, guaranteed one hundred per cent. But he is wrong. When she tells him she’s pregnant, he panics. Read more

No school days for working children Comments 1

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For millions of children worldwide the adventures of attending school remain but a dream. Sadly, these children will never learn to read or write. They will not acquire computer skills. They will not experience singing in chorus, going on field Read more

Muslims, Hindus and Christians honour Catholic doctor Comments 0

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A man Philanthropist Gareth Morgan calls New Zealand’s own Mother Teresa has died in Bangladesh. Edric Baker was an inspirational New Zealand medical doctor who worked in an isolated rural area in northern Bangladesh for 35  years. His vision of ‘health care for the poor by the poor’ led him to set up of the Kailakuri Health Read more

  • Features

  • Year of Mercy letter from Pope Francis

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    With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God. It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a Read more

  • New generation nuns

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    Mechanical bulls, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, go-karts: Before becoming a nun, Sister Virginia Joy helped insure them all. “I was a go-between between the underwriters and the customers,” said Sister Virginia Joy, a former high school soccer star from South Carolina now wearing a habit of white and navy blue. She was fighting Midtown Manhattan Read more