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Study: Fear of gods may have sparked human cooperation Comments 0

Friday, February 12th, 2016
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Scientists have found an explanation for the rise of widespread co-operation among humans in societies – the fear of an angry god. International researchers, including the University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Quentin Atkinson, have published the results of their study in the journal Nature. They found people who believe their god is more punitive and Read more

Pa Hemi Hekiera RIP Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Pa Hemi Hekiera died in Rotorua on Friday. His priestly ministry was focused on strengthening Maori Catholics as both Māori and Catholic. His sudden death follows the recent deaths of two other priests who spent many years working with Māori Catholics. Fr Wim Tuerlings, a Mill Hill priest died in the Netherlands on 2 December. Read more

Marist Brothers opt for the margins Comments 0

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Marist  Brothers in Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society. The Brothers’ Melanesia district covers Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Bougainville, and the Pacific district includes New Zealand, Samoa and Kiribati. Almost 50 Brothers attended a gathering at Read more

Ecumenical advisory council opposes physician assisted suicide Comments 0

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

An ecumenical body comprising the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian churches of New Zealand is stressing its opposition to the introduction of “physician assisted suicide.” The ecumenical body advises the churches on the “spiritual, ethical and cultural issues connected to biotechnology and related issues”.  In making its submission to the Health Select Committee, the InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC), accepted that Read more

The Flying Spaghetti church approved to solemnise marriage Comments 0

Friday, December 18th, 2015

A groundbreaking New Zealand decision has led to a few disturbances in the fabric of religious time and space. The registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery has approved the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an organisation to solemnise marriages. Massey University professor of history Peter Lineham has questioned the decision by the registrar-general and Read more

Pacific voices have been heard at climate change conference Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Pacific voices have been heard at the Climate Change Conference in Paris, COP21. “It is through the actions of civil society and small island nations that the agreement recognises we need to keep a global temperature limit well below 2C, and work towards a limit of 1.5C to protect the most vulnerable states,” says Caritas Read more

Diocese surprised by the unauthorised Hato Petera media release Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015
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The Catholic Diocese of Auckland has expressed concern about the misinformation given to students of Hato Petera College and their whanau about the future of the school’s boarding hostels. The facilities are owned by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, and it has confirmed that the boarding hostels will not be available in 2016. The diocese says it was surprised by a Read more

Mo Maria sung in Cardinal Dew’s parish in Rome Comments 0

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
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Cardinal John Dew was formally installed as the Titular Parish Priest of Sant’ Ippolito – an historical tradition for Cardinals to be assigned a parish in Rome, much like a patron. “It was a wonderful service, meeting parishioners of Sant’ Ippolito, and I was grateful to be surrounded by friends and colleagues from New Zealand who sang Mo Maria,” Read more

Rosmini students mentoring younger kids worldwide Comments 1

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Since 2012 Rosmini College students have been mentoring younger students in roughly 40 classrooms across 10 countries. They have provided a weekly video lesson across New Zealand and 23 classrooms overseas. The Year 12 students have led 8-10 minutes lessons to some of these schools for more than four years. The Over the Back fence Read more

Why Jonah Lomu’s funeral is a private one Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Jonah Lomu became a Mormon, joining the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in 2012. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) forbids the broadcasting of a funeral service on the internet or “in any other way.” The LDS  announced details today for Tuesday’s funeral services for Jonah Lomu. Read more