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ERO gives big tick to Whanganui SSPX traditionalist schools Comments 2

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

When the Education Review Office (ERO) visited the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) schools in Whanganui the children behaved so beautifully, the inspectors were sure the schools had been tipped off. Deciding then to catch the schools out by visiting again when they were least expected, they found the children equally as good. The Education Review Office Read more

St Mary of the Angels rebuild: City Council provides $400,000 Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Wellington City Council has agreed to provide $400,000 to help St Mary of the Angels church with its earthquake strengthening. Council staff had recommended giving the church $200,000 to help with its $9.3 million earthquake strengthening project. But city councillors increased their contribution to $400,000 on Thursday, and signalled as much as $500,000 be given Read more

Muslim NZers stand alongside victims of Paris attacks Comments 2

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand have issued a joint statement with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon. “We stand alongside all innocent victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity,” said Hazim Arafeh, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Read more

Futuna Chapel – “New Zealand’s best building” Comments 1

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The Futuna Chapel in Wellington features on the cover of a new book about New Zealand churches. In the book architect John Scott’s work is described as “not just the best church in New Zealand, but the best building.” Worship features photographs by acclaimed photographer Jane Ussher which are accompanied by stories on each by Read more

NZ’s superdiversity challenging the legal system Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Another Auckland woman has found her job prospects limited because she wears a Muslim headscarf. Fatima Abdulkarem, 19, has turned down a job trial at a juice bar at Auckland Airport over what she felt was discriminatory and racist treatment during her job interview. Her story followed that of Fatima Mohammadi, 20, who was turned Read more

Hato Petera – why the hostels had to close Comments 0

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Over 20 years ago, in response to requests by Hato Petera College whanau, the Catholic Diocese of Auckland set up the Te Whanau o Hato Petera Trust. In signing the Trust Deed Te Whanau o Hato Petera Trust accepted total responsibility for the land, buildings and operations of the Trust and a 20 year lease Read more

Hato Petera parents seek a meeting with Bishop Comments 0

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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After attending a meeting with dismayed families  who have daughters and sons at Hato Petera College Sir Toby Curtis has decided to lead a delegation which will seek a meeting with Bishop Dunn and raise the possibility of a joint strategy. Curtis, an old boy and former principal of Hato Petera College, is a member Read more

Top Vatican official expects family document from Pope soon Comments 1

Friday, October 30th, 2015
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The Vatican’s Secretary of State expects an apostolic exhortation on the family from Pope Francis reasonably soon. Cardinal Pietro Parolin told Italian news agency ANSA that the Pope will promulgate a document based in the conclusions of the synod of bishops’ recent meeting. Regarding the timing of any apostolic exhortation, he said: “This I do Read more

Synod final document seen as ‘historic step’ of inclusion Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
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The final document of the synod of bishops on the family has stressed that the Church must involve the divorced and civilly remarried in all ways possible. While the document does not mention Communion for such people who are baptised, it calls for their integration into the Church community, while “avoiding every occasion of scandal”. Read more

Kiwi reminds synod of goodness of sexuality in marriage Comments 1

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
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A statement from a New Zealander on the goodness of sexual love in marriage is being considered for inclusion in the family synod’s final document. In a blog post on the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ website, Dr John Kleinsman wrote of how the synod’s working document made little mention of this goodness. He told a Read more