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Will we get a Cardinal in February? Comments 0

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

When he was visiting New Zealand last year Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is thought to be close to the Pope, said that there was a need for more cardinals from Oceania. He said Oceania is not Australia by itself, and the region has a wide variety of nations and peoples. So it is possible Read more

Baptists disown self-styled West City home church pastor Comments 0

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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The 245 member Baptist Church Union has been quick to distance itself from the comments of West City Baptist Church pastor Logan Robertson who urged a gay writer to kill himself. The union has confirmed that the West City Bible Baptist Church is not affiliated with them. “I’m appalled by the comments made by the West Read more

Pat O’Connor RIP – parish priest of Tokelau 1987-2011 Comments 1

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Monsignor Patrick Edward O’Connor, long-time parish priest and first Superior of the ‘Missio Sui Iuris’ of Tokelau, one of the most isolated places on earth, died at the St Joseph’s Home of Compassion at Silverstream in New Zealand, on Wednesday 3rd December. Pat got to know the Tokelau people through the migrant Tokelau community that Read more

Labour Party offers Church advice on Hato Petera College Comments 3

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Labour Party has been advising the Diocese of Auckland about how to resolve issues that have arisen regarding Hato Petera College. An Education Review Office (ERO) report says there is a lack of accord between Hato Petera College and the Auckland Diocese. The report says it is not clear who has responsibility for the Read more

Samoa’s NCC says abandoning babies not part of culture Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The Chairman of Samoa’s National Council of Churches, (NCC) Deacon Le’aupepe Kasiano, has challenged suggestions that abandoning babies is part of the Samoan culture. The suggestion has been made following the incident in Australia where a Samoan woman has been charged for abandoning her baby in a drain. She is the 30 year old daughter Read more

Campaign underway to retain parliamentary prayer Comments 2

Friday, November 28th, 2014

New Life Churches International is urging Christians to oppose any changes in the parliamentary prayer. Rasik Ranchord, spokesperson on public issues for New Life Churches International, has sent out an email asking church leaders to get their members to write to members of parliament urging them to retain the present prayer. On 17 November the Read more

New Bishop for Hamilton Comments 0

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Fr. Stephen Lowe has been appointed the third Bishop of Hamilton in New Zealand. He replaces bishop Denis Browne who has retired. He is at present Director of formation at the National Seminary, Holy Cross College. Hearing of the announcement Bishop Browne said, “I am delighted that Hamilton will receive a Bishop with such pastoral Read more

NZ cannot stand aloof from suffering in Middle East – Archbishop Dew Comments 4

Friday, November 21st, 2014

New Zealand cannot stand aloof from involvement in the Middle East when so many people are suffering and dying says Archbishop John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference. He has written to Prime Minister John Key, offering the support of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops for the cautious and measured approach to making Read more

Paul Carr RIP liked telling people he was John Paul II’s driver Comments 0

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

A well-known kaumatua, Paul Pōnui Kimiora Carr, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home on Thursday 13 November 2014. Paul was a great story teller and had many stories to tell. One was how on one occasion, when he was working as a driver for the government, he was blessed with the honour of Read more

1000s of fertility samples may be destroyed Comments 1

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Eggs, sperm and embryo samples of almost 2000 people are set to be lawfully destroyed as a ten year storage time deadline approaches. In 2004, the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act was passed governing the practice of fertility treatment. In 2010 the legislation was amended allowing the retrospective 10-year storage period for eggs, sperm and Read more