New Zealand

Christmas good time to take a stand against domestic violence Comments 0


A Northland anti-domestic violence campaigner says, in the lead up to Christmas, White Ribbon Day is a perfect time to encourage people to stand up to domestic violence. Phil Paikea, champion for the It’s Not OK campaign, said the Christmas/New Year period is the worst time of the year for domestic violence. “I’d like to Read more

Dawn karakia, not Christmas, the problem Comments 0


The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Trust is not doing away with Christmas, says its chief executive Dr Mary Dawson. “To those who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a very happy Christmas. To those who do not, “season’s greetings”. The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay, says “All very laudable in a way, though an Read more


Evangelisation congregation denies mismanaging property Comments 0


The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples strongly denied accusations of cronyism in renting out properties in Rome. The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples promotes evangelisation and missionary cooperation around the globe and has special responsibility for bishops, dioceses and developing jurisdictions in Africa, the Far East and parts of the Pacific and Latin Read more

‘We want our church back’ say Guam protesters Comments 0


The Concerned Catholics of Guam (CCOG) is preparing to take legal action against Archbishop Anthony Apuron if he maintains status quo on deeding of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona. Before taking him to court, however, CCOG says they want to give the Archbishop a chance to”set things right.” The controversy surrounding the Redemptoris Mater Read more


Fundamentalism Comments 0


Many of us have a negative view of fundamentalism, but doesn’t that word simply describe the beginnings of our growth in faith? Whether we talk about Islamic fundamentalism, Bible fundamentalism or Canon Law fundamentalism, we are referring to a belief Read more

Pornography, US bishops and feminists Comments 0


Naming it “corrosive” and a “dark” sign of contemporary American culture, the U.S. Catholic bishops approved a document this week condemning the production and use of pornography as a mortal sin. Reaction from the bishops’ critics didn’t take long. Some Read more

Muslim school taking time to get up and running Comments 0

muslim school for boys

Plans to establish a secondary boarding Muslim school for boys in South Dunedin have had another setback. The Al-Noor Charitable Trust is trying to be selected as a Ministry of education partnership school. The proposed school would be exclusively for boy boarders, with a capacity for 100 students in Year 11 to Year 13 groups. Read more

  • Features

  • Catholic revolution in France


    When many think about France and religion today, the images that usually come to mind are those of a highly secular society with a growing Islamic presence: a combination of widespread indifferentism, epicurean Voltairans, persistent anti-Semitism, increasingly radicalized Muslims, and now jihadist-inspired and organized terrorism. But now even some secular French journalists have started writing Read more

  • Relics whose stories have gripped the world


    The University of Oxford is to become a world leading centre into the study of religious relics following the launch of a new department. This ground-breaking centre, based in Keble College’s Advanced Studies Centre, is to be composed of computer and medical scientists as well as historians, classicists and theologians. Such an interdisciplinary approach builds Read more