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Good Friday in Okarito Comments 2

Okarito pilgrimage walk - Good Friday 2015 (12)a copy

On Good Friday a group of people made a pilgrimage walk from the Okarito Domain next to the beach, to the trig. It is a distance of about 1.8km each way and a height gain of 250 metres. Okarito is a small settlement the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is famous for its scenic Read more

Muslims Jews Christians together in Wellington: a world first Comments 0


In what may be a world first a religious group representing Christian and Jewish communities has expanded to include Muslims in an effort to foster friendship and dialogue between religions. The group celebrated its relaunch as the Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims at Parliament on Tuesday night. Council Christian co-chair Reverend Jenny Read more


Tonga celebrates with their new Cardinal Comments 0


Last Friday hundreds of people gathered at the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua in Nuku’alofa and then marched to the Royal Palace to present the traditional “hala” of the Diocese of Tonga and Niue to His Majesty King Tupou VI. Lau teau ne nau ‘i he fakatu’uta hala e Siasi Katolika The ceremony took Read more

Bishops condemn corruption in Papua New Guinea Comments 0


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (CBC) condemns corruption by ministers, public servants, church leaders and all the leaders in power, says Fr Victor Roche, CBC’s general secretary. Roche gave the following reasons for the condemnation: Elected leaders are for the people. They have been mandated to represent the people. Read more


Conscience, remarriage and holy communion Comments 0


Here is something you may have missed. Tucked away in the current print edition of the Tablet, dated April 11 2015, on page 28, is a brief report of certain remarks made in a television interview by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn Read more

The moral bucket list Comments 0


About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch Read more

Roman Curia appointments for new Pacific cardinals Comments 0


The two recently appointed Pacific cardinals have been assigned to Roman Curia offices. Pope Francis named Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand, to be a member of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Soane Mafi of Tonga was named a member of the Read more

  • Features

  • I watch therefore I am — lessons from movies


    How can we do the right thing? Force Majeure If you had lived in Germany in 1939, would you have helped protect Jews or gone along with their systematic extermination? If you had been an MP 10 years ago, would you have milked your expenses for what they were worth? And if you and your Read more

  • The worst place on earth


    From where I’m standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge. Dozens of pipes line the shore, churning out a Read more