Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

UK rural churches future as ‘festival’ buildings only Comments 0

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Historic Church of England village churches could be closed down except on feasts like Christmas and Easter as a move to cope with dwindling congregations. A committee of senior CofE clerics and laity is recommending many village churches throughout England be designated as “festival” churches. This would be a new category of parish used only Read more

Easter abstaining suggested for remarried sacramental path Comments 4

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

A “path of conversion” suggested for civilly remarried Catholics would see them abstain from sexual relations for a week at Easter. Italian canon lawyer Fr Eugenio Zanetti’s idea was one of those mooted in a book “Family and Church, an indissoluble bond”, published in Italian in June. The book contained lectures by theologians and lawyers Read more

Good Friday in Okarito Comments 2

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Okarito pilgrimage walk - Good Friday 2015 (12)a copy

On Good Friday a group of people made a pilgrimage walk from the Okarito Domain next to the beach, to the trig. It is a distance of about 1.8km each way and a height gain of 250 metres. Okarito is a small settlement the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is famous for its scenic Read more

German churches resist relaxation of dancing ban at Easter Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015
German dancing resized

Churches in parts of Germany are up in arms about a proposed weakening of a law which bans public dancing on some religious holidays. The regional government of Baden-Württemberg is considering relaxing the state’s ban on dancing during part of the Easter period and on other Christian holidays, reports The Guardian. The holiday law – Read more

At Easter, Pope implores God to stop violence in the world Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

In his traditional Easter Sunday blessing to the city and the world, Pope Francis several times implored God to stop violence in many parts of the world. The Pope mentioned Iraq and Syria, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Ukraine. Francis also called on Christians to look at Read more

Cardinal Dew interview: the Francis effect Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

On Easter Sunday Cardinal John Dew was interviewed by Wallace Chapman on New Zealand’s National radio. He talked to Chapman about being called to the priesthood, the church’s work for social justice, the meaning of Easter in the modern world, and the hope placed in the Pope. “Easter is a wonderful opportunity for us to Read more

Passion play full of Pacific flavour Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

The “greatest story ever told”lit up the stage in a dazzling spectacle at Villa Maria Winery last weekend. And Jesus Christ rose again – in the form of a large Samoan man. They Crucified Him, a Passion play directed by Ross Jennings and co-directed by Terri de’Ath,  portrays Christ’s last days on earth but with Read more

Coptic pope proposes one Easter date for all Christian churches Comments 0

Friday, May 16th, 2014

In a letter to Pope Francis, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tawadros II has proposed making one date for Easter celebrations for all Christian Churches. Differences in Easter dates are based on differences between the Julian calendar, which eastern churches follow, and the Gregorian calendar of western churches. Finding one Easter date for Read more

The Aussies’ Easter bunny is small with a long nose Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Australians may be among the largest consumers of Easter eggs in the world, with Cadbury Australia alone producing more than 270 million Easter eggs each year, which equates to about 12 eggs a person, but the Easter bunny is falling out of favour. But in recent years the Bilby has been put forward as a replacement Read more

Easter laws outdated Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

New Zealand is now a secular, pluralist country with citizens who hold all kinds of views. Many people worship Jesus Christ, and practise restraint at Easter time as part of their beliefs. Many more do not. Christianity still has a powerful place in the culture – it underpins our ethics and our judicial system, much of Read more