New Zealand

Mission wine among the best in the world Comments 0


Mission’s 2013 Jewelstone continues to put New Zealand wine on the international map. The 2013 Syrah has been selected to appear at the WINE Explorers’ Grand Annual Tasting 2016. It is one of only 2 New Zealand wines and 35 wines selected from around the world. Jewelstone Syrah The WINE Explorers project is a four-year Read more

Two newly ordained priests in Auckland have very different stories Comments 0


Fr Marchellino Park realised his calling to priesthood after God granted him a second lease on life following a robbery and brutal beating several years ago that sent him into a coma. And a single Gospel passage about casting out nets was decisive for Fr Austin Fernandes in his vocational journey. Korean-born Fr Park and Read more


Tonga’s Bread Wars – Church makes useful contribution to politics Comments 0


Keeping the sabbath holy, keeps Tonga ahead of the rest of the Pacific and the world in the political game says Senituli Penitani in a letter in the Tonga newspaper Matangi Tonga. In May the government of Tonga banned the sale of bread on Sundays. In this most recent round of the ongoing Sunday Bread War the Read more

Vanuatu church leaders committed to ending domestic violence Comments 0


Nearly 100 chiefs and church ministers in Vanuatu have committed to ending domestic violence within their own families. They have recently taken part in one of three Channels of Hope workshops organised by World Vision. The workshops were designed to provide skills to leaders of the different sectors of the society to help them in Read more


Don Dale abuse is a symptom of a sick justice culture Comments 0


The 4 Corners report into the treatment of children in a NT juvenile justice facility is a stark and grotesque demonstration of state abuse of power. As a result John Elferink, NT Corrections Minister, has been sacked, and the Prime Read more

Why don’t schools teach morality and empathy? Comments 0


A few months ago, I presented the following scenario to my junior English students: Your boyfriend or girlfriend has committed a felony, during which other people were badly harmed. Should you or should you not turn him or her into Read more

Pope’s Astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, to speak on Waiheke Island Comments 0


Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, will be speaking at an event on Waiheke Island in mid September. Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He’ll discuss the interface between science and humanity, our place in the universe and what it means to us if life is found Read more

  • Features

  • Religious belief makes a comeback among French youth


    Have young French people reconciled with God? In any event, unlike their elders, they are at least no longer hostile to religion. The portrait of the 18-30 age group that emerges from the exclusive survey on youth and religion carried out by OpinionWay for La Croix reveals a generation that is discernibly more religious than Read more

  • Online pornography warping adolescent brains


    Addiction, unhealthy relationships and rising levels of sexual abuse in youth is the reality of easy access to pornographic material. Auckland-based clinical psychologist Rebecca Daly-Peoples says the nature of the internet is restricting the opportunities to address the issue within a family context. “It’s completely influencing the entire way they’re seeing sex and intimacy,” she says. “It’s not just Read more

  • World

  • Heartbreak leads Bear Grylls to Jesus Comments 0


    Bear Grylls believes in God. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly learn that he’s unashamed to tell you so. He may be known for his wild ways and impressive survival skills, but his faith is a side of Grylls many haven’t seen. Grylls doesn’t claim to be a perfect Christian. In fact, he admits that many of Read more

  • Atheist group sues Kansas City over Baptist convention Comments 0

    Selective focus on the word "atheism". Many more word photos in my portfolio...

    An atheist group has sued Kansas City, Missouri for using tax money to support a Baptist convention. The group says Kansas City’s plans to use $65,000 in tourism tax dollars to assist in an upcoming Baptist convention violates guarantees in the U.S. Constitution separating church and state. The lawsuit, which was  filed last Friday in Read more

  • Vatican Statement on Killing of Fr Jacques Hamel Comments 0


    Following Tuesday’s murder of a French priest, Fr Jacques Hamel the Vatican issued an initial statement about the dreadful incident. Speaking on behalf of Pope Francis, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said: “It is new, terrible news which unfortunately adds to a series of violent attacks that in recent days have already disturbed us, creating immense Read more

  • Pope Francis – the world is at war but not with religion Comments 0


    The world is at war, but it’s not at heart a religious conflict, Pope Francis says. He was speaking, ahead of his visit to Poland, to reporters seeking his comments on the murder of a Catholic priest by French jihadists on Tuesday. As soon as the plane took off from Rome enroute to Krakow, Vatican Read more

  • Texas Baptists feed the hungry in Spain Comments 0


    Every week, Texan Baptists provide groceries to feed about 50 hungry families in Cerdanyola, Spain. The church partners with the local government to raise awareness of the ministry in the neighborhood. “The results have been humbling,” Daniel Banyuls, who has been a pastor at the Baptist Iglesia Evangelica,  in Cerdanyola  for the past 15 years. The Read more