New Zealand

Chch bishop: Modernist church designs haven’t helped liturgy Comments 6

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Generally, modernist styles of church design have not served the liturgy well, the Bishop of Christchurch has written in a new document. Bishop Barry Jones has issued “The House of God”, to inform and guide Christchurch diocese in the task of building churches. Aimed at parishes wanting to build or repair and strengthen a church Read more

Destiny Church aims to integrate its school into state system Comments 0

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The Post Primary Teachers Association is opposing a bid by Destiny Church to have its south Auckland school become state integrated. PPTA president Angela Roberts said the union is concerned about how surrounding schools might be affected, the New Zealand Herald reported. The school is within Destiny Church’s “City of God” complex in Manukau, and Read more

Pacific

Priest laments PNG’s shocking child health statistics Comments 0

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A Catholic priest in Papua New Guinea has condemned the nation’s shocking child health statistics. Writing in PNG’s Catholic Reporter, Fr John Glynn of the We Care Foundation in Port Moresby pointed to United Nation’s statistics that he called “terrifying in their implications”. Fr Glynn wrote that 45 per cent of PNG children have stunted Read more

Samoan pastor wins Massey three minute thesis contest Comments 0

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A Samoan pastor has won the “Three Minute Thesis” competition at Massey University with a snapshot of his doctoral study on counselling in the church. Alesana Pala’amo beat eight other finalists and captivated judges with his presentation titled “Researching God: Come talk to your Pastor”. Mr Pala’amo, from the School of Health and Social Sciences Read more

Opinion

Nuns — frontline superheroes Comments 0

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In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes. And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns. ‘‘I may not believe in God, but I do Read more

‘Christians’ and internet hatred Comments 0

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The New York Times published a piece last week called “The Data of Hate.” Much of the data came from Stormfront.org, which Times contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz called “America’s most popular online hate site.” It was founded in 1995 by former Read more

Wellington Catholic landmarks windfall comes with strings Comments 2

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A Wellington developer was reportedly told by a priest that his whole congregation would be praying for him before he faced an Environment Court hearing. This probably had something to do with Mark Dunajtschik’s proposal to give $5 million each for the restorations of St Mary of the Angels and St Gerard’s Monastery. The offer Read more

  • Features

  • Pope’s press conference on ‘plane from Korea

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    America provides below the full transcript of the pope’s press conference. The translation was made by Gerard O’Connell, its Vatican correspondent, who travelled on the plane with the pope. This is not an official translation. Q. During the visit to Korea, you reached out to the families of the Sewol ferry disaster and consoled them. Read more

  • Growing old gracefully

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    A few years ago, Erie Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, a prolific spiritual writer and one of the most prominent, outspoken contemporary American Catholic sisters, decided to finally tackle a book she had wanted to write for a long time. The result, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully (Blue Bridge), beautifully reflects on the spirituality Read more

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