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NZer employed by Wilsons on Manus Island murder suspect Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
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A New Zealand guard is one of the suspects in the murder of Reza Barati, a refugee detained in the Manus Island Detention Centre. The New Zealander is employed by Wilson Security – part of the The Wilson Group of companies that includes Wilson Parking and First Security. Two local guards have already been found guilty of the murder. Read more

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

Friday, April 29th, 2016
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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

Conservative blogger Michael Voris confesses to “past sins” Comments 13

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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Catholic internet evangelist Michael Voris, has revealed that he was actively involved in homosexuality “over a prolonged period of time.” Voris has been critical of Synod Fathers, including Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, who have called for a more pastoral approach in the area of human sexuality. Voris is the founder of  Church Militant and Read more

Antoine Garin the father of Bibles in schools Comments 2

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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The cause of Fr Antoine Garin SM was launched on 14 April at a Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Remuera, Auckland. The launch, sponsored by an Auckland lay group, acknowledges Fr Garin’s founding of the parishes of Howick and Panmure. A good number of people were at the launch, including members of every branch of Read more

Good chance Pope may visit Indonesia Comments 0

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
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There is a particularly good chance Pope Francis will visit Indonesia next year. However, the Vatican has not released any official confirmation. The Indonesian bishops want Francis to come for Asian Youth Day. The 7th Asian Youth Day is taking place in Yogyakarta, a city on the island of Java, from July 30 to Aug. Read more

Romantic novel set in Mt St Mary’s Seminary post earthquake Comments 0

Friday, April 15th, 2016
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Rohan West, an expat New Zealander, has released his debut novel Broken Vows, inspired by his maternal grandparents’ romance, which began when they met at Mt St Mary’s Seminary in Taradale after the the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. “Napier, Hawke’s Bay and the earthquake play a significant part in the book,” said West. His grandfather, Read more

Positive Kiwi reaction to Pope’s family exhortation Comments 0

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Francis Amoris Laetitia resized

Four Kiwis who went to last year’s synod on the family have welcomed Pope Francis’s wide-ranging new apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family. In a statement released through the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal John Dew, Bishop Charles Drennan, Dr John Kleinsman and Sharon Cole spoke on Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Read more

Priests in early Pacific cultures gained by human sacrifice Comments 1

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Human sacrifice resized

Priests and chiefs in early Pacific cultures, including New Zealand, used ritual human sacrifices to reinforce their power, a study has found. Research involving two New Zealand universities has discovered such acts were used by social elites to maintain their power, the Stuff.co.nz website reported. The study came from researchers from the University of Auckland, Victoria University Read more

Questions over Catholic MP chairing end of life inquiry Comments 0

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Simon O'Connor questions resized

The suitability of a Catholic MP to chair a parliamentary select committee’s inquiry into ending one’s life in New Zealand has been questioned. National MP Simon O’Connor is chair of the Health Select Committee, which is considering the issue in response to a petition by former MP Maryan Street and others. Mr O’Connor once studied for Read more

NZ bishops encourage Reconciliation in letter on mercy Comments 8

Friday, April 1st, 2016
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New Zealand’s bishops have produced a pastoral letter on Mercy in which Catholics are asked to give themselves generously to the sacrament of Reconciliation. The letter, titled, “Be Merciful“, notes the interest in the jubilee Year of Mercy throughout the Catholic world. The bishops state that “as a way of life, mercy directs our outlook Read more