New Zealand

Is your dog fed by slaves or maybe your cat – or even you? Comments 0

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New Zealanders and their pets have consumed more than 600 tonnes of seafood sourced from a Thai conglomerate condemned for its use of slave labour. Some indentured workers have even been locked in cages. Figures released by the New Zealand Customs Service under the Official Information Act show seafood giant Thai Union has been a consistent Read more

NZ gets a cameo in Morgan Freeman’s series on God Comments 0

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Actor Morgan Freeman is fronting a series called The Story of God. It is presently going to air on the National Geographic Channel on Sky on Wednesdays at 8:30pm. In Wednesday’s episode, in which he explored the concept of evil, Freeman comes to New Zealand, where a researcher shows us that children, when convinced that Read more

Pacific

Archbishop Alapati goes to Washington Comments 0

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Archbishop Alapati Lui Mata’eliga of the Archdiocese of Samoa – Apia has become the first Samoan priest to celebrate Mass at the largest Catholic Church in the United States. Last Sunday he was the celebrant and homilist of the 10:30 a.m. English Mass which is one of the National Shrine’s six Sunday services. The Basilica Read more

Appointment of rival kings disrupts church services Comments 0

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The appointment of rival kings in Uvea, one of three traditional kingdoms in Wallis and Futuna, means the Catholic Church will not be joining in the traditional May Day celebrations there this year. Usually there is a Mass before customary celebrations attended by the king and top church dignitaries, but the Catholic church said it Read more

Opinion

Pornography proof kids and patron saints Comments 0

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Lately I’ve been writing about — and hearing heart-wrenching accounts of —  people struggling with pornography addiction. It’s rampant in our culture in the West. The deeper I dig into the statistics and the anecdotes, the more I’m realizing that it is Read more

The mercy of shutting up Comments 0

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Amid the controversy surrounding Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), one extraordinary section has been all but overlooked. In chapter 4, “Love in Marriage,” the Holy Father offers a moving exegesis of that popular wedding Read more

NZ born Bishop John Osmers’ fight for justice recognised in South Africa Comments 0

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New Zealand born, The Right Reverend John Osmers, retired Anglican Bishop of Eastern Zambia, was one of three pioneers in the fight for justice in South Africa who was honoured by the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba. Osmers was born in Christchurch. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of merit Read more

  • Features

  • The centennial of the Easter Rising

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    This week marks the centennial of the Easter Rising – the armed insurrection that would trigger nationalist Ireland’s final battle for independence from Great Britain. The first of July will mark another centennial, that of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in human history, in which over 3,500 Irish soldiers were Read more

  • The psychology of human trafficking victims

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    Nearly 21 million people around the world are currently victims of human trafficking, a vile crime that forces innocents into sex work, domestic servitude and hard labor against their will. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that even rich, developed countries such as the United Kingdom suffer from staggering rates of Read more