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Francis puts disputed paragraphs into final synod document Comments 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Pope Francis synod session reszied

The final report from the synod on the family has narrowed down aspects of a “welcoming” preliminary report, especially concerning gay people. The preliminary report, issued half way through the synod, asked if the Church community was welcoming to gay people. It noted that gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian Read more

Archbishop Dew describes battles at synod on family Comments 0

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Dew synod top resized

On his daily blog from the synod on the family, Archbishop John Dew has painted a picture of sharp divisions among synod members. On his October 15 posting from Rome, Archbishop Dew noted that there had been vigorous arguments in the small group discussions taking place this week. “The arguments are very strong as to Read more

Archbishop Dew says family synod freedom a welcome change Comments 4

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
John Dew Rome cropped

Archbishop John Dew has contrasted the freedom of speech prevailing at the synod on the family with the atmosphere at a past synod. The Archbishop of Wellington told Vatican Radio that what is happening is very different from a synod on the Eucharist nine years ago. “ . . . I talked [then] about the possibility Read more

As synod starts, Pope says Church must not retreat into dogma Comments 4

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Pope synod top reszied

Pope Francis has stated that the Church “must not withdraw into dogma” and should recognise that “the world has changed”. In an interview with Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Francis indicated that he wanted clergy to be less judgmental and more understanding of those living outside Catholic norms. He told the newspaper: “The world has changed Read more

St Bede’s students raise $100k for teen cancer Comments 1

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

On Wednesday 24th September 154 pupils and 40 staff left St Bede’s College in Christchurch New Zealand on the start of the “Run For A Life” CanTeen fundraiser. When they crossed the finishing line last week each of them had run the equivalent of a half marathon each day for the past five days. Their Read more

Speaking out at McAuley High School Comments 0

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A group of friends from South Auckland’s McAuley High School are using poetry to make sure their voices are heard loud and clear. “When you put yourself on stage, you’re putting yourself in a very vulnerable state,” says Annonica Mavaega, 16. “Anyone can just stand up and say: ‘Be quiet!’ They can mock you. “But Read more

Anti ISIS should not be confused with anti Muslim Comments 0

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

There is a growing world-while backlash against Muslims following the atrocities carried out by the ISIS insurgents. But local Muslims are making it plain that they have no sympathy with what is happening in the Middle East. “In Islamic prophecy, a woman tied up a cat and did not feed it until it died and Read more

New atheist church opens its doors in Christchurch Comments 3

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The Sunday Assembly, commonly know as the atheist church, has arrived in Christchurch. Sunday Assembly Christchurch will formally launch on Sunday September 28th, 2014. Sunday Assembly is a church without god but it is not necessarily anti god. Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013, and since then it has exploded across the world Read more

Pasifika say no more climate change reports – do something Comments 1

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Haapai Tonga May 2014

The United Nations Climate Change Summit began on Monday in New York. The Climate Change Summit is trying to find agreement on ways to limit further environmental damage. “The people most affected – at grass roots level and on the coastal edge – must be part of those discussions,” says Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand director Julianne Hickey. Read more

Families questionnaire reveals sense of exclusion and hurt Comments 0

Friday, September 19th, 2014

A strong sense of exclusion and hurt is felt by many people who are living in situations not in accord with Church teaching in areas such as divorce and re-marriage, cohabitation, contraception and same sex unions. This information is contained in a Pastoral Letter from the  New Zealand Catholic Bishops summarising the main themes that Read more