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Same sex marriage – disagreement the same as rejection? Comments 2

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Media have this week reported that Peter Westmore, the head of the leading Australian Catholic-based lobby group campaigning against same sex marriage in Australia, attended his daughter’s wedding to another woman in New Zealand last November. The headline for the news item read “Catholic crusader Peter Westmore blesses daughter’s gay marriage in New Zealand.” Liberal Read more

Auckland’s Sacred Art Studio expands to the Solomon Islands Comments 1

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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The Studio of John the Baptist, in Takapuna, Auckland, is planning to establish a Studio of St John the Baptist in the Solomon Islands, to supply quality sacred art in the Pacific. The bishop of Auki, in the Solomon Islands, Chris Cardone, visited the Studio in 2014 while in New Zealand for a meeting of Read more

Vanuatu Bishop says shelter a priority Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

“In Port Vila the destruction is everywhere, and there’s no news from anyone around the islands yet,” says the Bishop of Port Vila, John Bosco Baremes. “There’s just no shelter, with so much having been blown away, and people will need somewhere to shelter while they rebuild.” Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Caritas Australia are Read more

Newman Hall development in doubt – site significant to Maori Comments 1

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The Auckland Catholic diocese has developed concept plans for a 10,000 square metre high-rise office building and car parking on property behind Newman Hall. The property is also home to a freshwater spring that was essential to life at two local pā and their surrounding gardens. Called Wai Ariki, or chiefly waters, the spring has Read more

Cardinal Dew – many would be disappointed if old ways returned Comments 6

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Wellington’s Cardinal, John Dew, has been quoted in David Gibson’s U.S.Catholic blog which has also appeared in the Washington Post, Pope Francis has history, but not time, on his side in reform push. “There would be some people who would want to return” to the old ways, said Dew. But, “if things were to be Read more

Bishop joins protest against Trans Pacific Partnership Comments 0

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The Bishop of Palmerston North, Charles Drennan, was among a number of politicians, lecturers and religious leaders who spoke to a crowd of about 500 gathered in the city’s Square at the third anti Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) event to be held in the city in the past year. Drennan said there was growing Read more

Auckland Study – Big gods not needed to help societies to grow Comments 0

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Some scientists have suggested that belief in the big gods of moralising religions, such as Islam and Christianity, helped people cooperate with each other and encouraged societies to grow. Psychology studies have shown people are nicer to each other when they think someone is watching, —especially if they believe that someone has the power to Read more

NZ education speaker rejects jibe at nuns as teachers Comments 4

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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A keynote speaker at June’s New Zealand Catholic Education Convention has slammed Britain’s shadow education secretary for a jibe about nuns as teachers. Sr Gemma Simmonds, CJ, told the Tablet that Labour’s Tristam Hunt had shown “breathtaking ignorance and bigotry”. His jibe came on the BBC’s Question Time programme last month, when the topic under Read more

NZ bishops support Kiwi military trainers going to Iraq Comments 6

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have backed the New Zealand Government’s decision to deploy military personnel to help train Iraqi forces. The bishops released a statement on February 24, the same day Prime Minister John Key officially announced the deployment of up to 143 personnel. The deployment, likely in partnership with Australia, will probably start in Read more

Bunnings site in Paraparaumu purchased for a new parish centre Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Cardinal John Dew has signed off on the purchase of the 4.2 hectare Bunnings site in Paraparaumu for a new church and parish centre. The move is part of the plan to centralise parish facilities on the Kapiti coast. The parishes in Waikanae and Paraparaumu were merged just over a year ago to form the Read more