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Nuclear weapons – US bishops and the UN agree Comments 0

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Catholic Bishops in the US support the Comprehensive  [Nuclear Weapons] Test Ban Treaty. Their stance echoes Vatican statements about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and Pope Francis’s concerns. The U.S. bishops’ conference “welcomes the action of the U.N. Security Council …,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, N.M. said. He says the Conference encourages “this important Read more

Mayor Kokshoorn credits good Catholic up bringinging for his success Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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Tony Kokshoorn, mayor of the Grey District since 2004 credits his success as a businessman and politician to family, his community and lessons learnt in his Catholic upbringing. “I went to a Marist Brothers school. I was Catholic, I had good morals instilled by my parents and my school and they have stuck with me.” Read more

Cardinal Dew on pilgrimage with 36 Anglican and Catholic bishops Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
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For the next two weeks  Cardinal John Dew will be away on an IARCCUM (Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission) Pilgrimage. Cardinal John will first go to Canterbury, in England where he will join the IARCCUM Pilgrims; 36 Anglican and Catholic bishops, representing 19 different regions. The bishops will begin the first leg Read more

Atheist minister on speaking tour of NZ next month Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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The Reverend Gretta Vosper, a self described atheist minister and author, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Sea of Faith Conference at Silverstream, near Wellington next month. She will also be speaking also at St Luke’s, Remuera and at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in Wellington. Vosper is the minister of the West Read more

Encyclical on contraception was difficult for me – Benedict XVI Comments 1

Friday, September 16th, 2016
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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has revealed that while he agreed with the conclusion Pope Paul VI drew in his encyclical letter (Humanae Vitae) on artificial contraception, he struggled with the reasoning Pope Paul used to arrive at his conclusion. “In the situation I was then in, and in the context of theological thinking in which Read more

Pope’s Astronomer on Great Barrier Is – science and religion Comments 0

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, facilitates the Faith and Astronomy Workshop Jan. 13 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See ASTRONOMY-PRIESTS and ASTRONOMY-CREATION Jan. 27, 2016.

The Pope’s Astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno,  believes there is no conflict between science and religion. Consolmagno is in New Zealand to take part in a panel discussion on extraterrestrial life at a festival on Great Barrier Island. In an interview with Jamie Moreton in the New Zealand Herald Consolmagno Read more

Lachlan Bartlett – Recent St Bede’s old boy wins scholarship Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016
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A college and community leader from Harewood in Christchurch has been awarded the prestigious runner-up prize of this year’s Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship for Australia and New Zealand. Nineteen-year-old Lachlan Bartlett will benefit from the financial assistance from Cochlear to help fund his double degree of law and criminal justice at the University of Canterbury. Read more

Teach seminarians to live in the real world – Pope Francis Comments 14

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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Pope Francis has asked his fellow Jesuits involved in priestly formation to help seminarians understand that in the real world. “Decisions Catholics make in their everyday lives are rarely ethically clear-cut, but rather exist on a spectrum between good and evil,” the pope said. “We need to form future priests not to general and abstract ideas, Read more

Priest in Indonesia suffers minor injuries in copy-cat suicide bomb attack Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
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The suicide bomb attack on a priest carried out by Ivan Armadi, a 17-year -old Indonesian was inspired by the murder of a French priest in July. “He was imitating … the priest attack because of the internet,” General Tito Karnavian Jakata’s national police chief told foreign journalists. However Armadi’s bomb-making skills, acquired over the Read more

Poster outside school showing bad moms living up to their name Comments 0

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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A Bad Moms poster placed right outside St Mary’s Catholic School in the suburb of Ellerslie, Auckland, last Monday caused outrage. The movie which stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn is the second-most commercially successful movie of 2016. “This despite—or perhaps because—it has offended all ends of the social spectrum,” says film critic Tom Teodorczuk The poster Read more