New Zealand

Cardinal Dew joins housing protesters Comments 4

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Cardinal John Dew recently joined protesters concerned about empty Housing New Zealand properties and growing urgent housing lists. Dew told about 50 people at the protest on March 21 that 34,000 New Zealanders were either homeless or living in insecure homes. Good quality, safe shelter was a basic human right and New Zealand had a Read more

Muslims facing many challenges in NZ Comments 0


A racist rant on a Lower Hutt bus last week, captured on a video, highlights the some of the challenges faced by Muslims in New Zealand. The incident took place on a Valley Flyer bus travelling between Petone and Naenae last Wednesday morning. Another challenge is the reluctance of employers to hire them are among Read more


Police shoot on Papuans fundraising for Vanuatu cyclone Comments 0


The Indonesian police opened fire on a peaceful gathering of Papuans who were fundraising money for humanitarian aid for the victims of Cyclone Pam according to Benny Wenda, a West Papua Activist based in the United Kingdom. “This fundraising was coordinated across West Papua by church groups in West Papua and the umbrella organisation, the Read more

Fiji’s Children help Vanuatu’s children Comments 0


“Celebrating the Palm Sunday (Children’s Sunday), it is only proper that children and parents in Fiji dedicate their donations to the more than 30,000 children of Vanuatu as well as children of Tuvalu and Kiribati who are facing the aftermath of the cyclone,” said Methodist Church communications secretary, the Reverend James Bhagwan. On Palm Sunday Read more


The paradox of the cross — joy in the midst of sorrow Comments 2


The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer even suggested that the Crucifix hanging above Read more

Dealing with regrets Comments 0


John, a 57 year-old man, consulted me for a mixture of “personal and career stagnation,” as he put it. His thoughts soon turned to a decision he made in his 20s, when he reluctantly entered a career path and profession Read more

Bishop Cullinane calls for an overhaul of English Missal Comments 15


The Emeritus Bishop of Palmerston North, New Zealand, in a letter to The London Tablet, says that there should be an overhaul of the English missal. Bishop Peter J Cullinane says critics describe the present translation as clunky, awkward and a too literal translation of the Latin original. However, Cullinane believes no purpose will be served Read more

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  • The Shroud — not a painting, scorch or photo

    Shroud of Turin to be on public display April 19-June 24, 2015

    This June, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to Turin, Italy, home of the famous Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The pope’s June 21-22 visit will include time venerating the Shroud at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Francis will then visit the tomb Read more

  • Tolstoy and his calendar of wisdom


    “The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.” On March 15, 1884, Leo Tolstoy, wrote in his diary: “I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.” So he set out to Read more