New Zealand

Marycrest for sale on TradeMe Comments 0


Marycrest, a girls’ rehabilitation school, has been listed on TradeMe by a man who says he’s Georgian royalty. It is on state Highway 1 near Otaki, on the Kapiti Coast, and has been unused since it shut in the early 1980s. Marycrest has been listed for a minimum $2 million by Victor Greenwich, now living in Sydney, Read more

St Michael’s Remuera plaza project Comments 0


St Michael’s Parish in Remuera, Auckland, is planning to develop its amenities to provide a gathering space and safer traffic movements around the church and the adjacent parish school. The proposed project has three components: An addition to the front of the church with a new ‘gathering space’ The creation of a plaza which would connect Read more


Apostolic Delegate visits Guam to build bridges Comments 0


A controversy has arisen regarding an alleged attempt to transfer ownership of property owed by Archdiocese Hagåtña to an organisation connected to the Neocatechumenal Way. Last week, while on a visit to to Guam, the apostolic delegate archbishop Martin Krebs said he had come help build bridges and help those who want to build bridges. Krebs Read more

Polynesian dancers perform at Atua exhibition Comments 0


Samoan dancers gave an energetic performance at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, last Saturday, to coincide with the new exhibition Atua – Sacred Gods from Polynesia. The exhibition, which opened in May, features more than 80 works, most of which were created in Polynesia before the early 19th century. Gallery director Ron Radford Read more


Lord Carey’s suicide mission Comments 0


Have the body-snatchers taken Lord Carey? This is what I ask myself as I read his support for assisted suicide. He comes up with all the usual clichés used to justify turning doctors into assisted killers. Compassion, care, but worst Read more

On sex and money, Pope Francis sets his course Comments 0


As anyone who paid attention in history class knows, when Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés landed in what’s now Mexico in 1519, he promptly scuttled his ships, thereby leaving his men no choice but to press on in conquest of the Read more

Interest in Death Cafes has been low Comments 0


Death Cafes are the latest twist to New Zealand’s cafe culture. However,  interest in Tauranga’s Death Cafes has been disappointingly low says chairwoman, of the Tauranga’s Voluntary Euthanasia Society and rest home nurse Tess Nesdale. The society hosted its first Death Cafe in April at the Grindz Cafe, but with such low interest the society plans Read more

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  • Pope Francis and his cardinals: not the same hymn sheet


    It was possibly a watershed moment in Holy See media relations. The scene was the Sala Stampa of the Holy See some 10 days ago. Australian Cardinal George Pell was presenting the New Economic Framework for the Holy See, a document which outlines proposed major reforms not only to IOR (the Vatican bank) and to Read more

  • All wired up: the contraceptive chip


    An MIT spinoff called MicroCHIPS has announced plans to market an implantable contraceptive chip that can be turned on and off remotely, and lasts for as long as sixteen years. Funded by the (Bill) Gates Foundation to the tune of $5 million, the chip contains enough of the contraceptive drug levonorgestrel to provide contraception for Read more

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