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Mother of 2 pays $375 a week for caravan park cabin Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Mother-of-two Mandy pays $375 a week for the one-bedroom caravan park cabin she shares with her two children aged 10 and 12. They moved to Western Park Village in Ranui, west Auckland, at Christmas as a last resort. “I hate it here,” she said. “I want to move out, I want my own place. There’s Read more

Fifty NZ charities make $1 billion total surplus Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Fifty New Zealand charities made a total of NZ$1billion over and above what they spent in the last financial year. A report on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp drew an analogy with the game of Monopoly, and placed some churches in the top “Park Lane” category. These included the Salvation Army with a surplus of $24 million, Read more

Archbishop Dew summarises synod on family Comments 1

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Archbishop John Dew says the discussion at and after the synod on the family is ultimately about people’s lives and it is clear that people are hurting. In a summary statement on the synod, Archbishop Dew said “if the Church is to be a mother that consoles, encourages, reaches out, supports it must listen to what Read more

Francis puts disputed paragraphs into final synod document Comments 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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