Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Church beyond walls, ministering in the park Comments 0

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The unholy noises of the city surround Burnside Park where the Rev. Edmund Harris delivers his Saturday afternoon service. He plants himself behind a makeshift altar, light-blue stole draped over his peacoat, and asks the people milling about to “gather ’round.” Some settle into folding chairs; others stand. A regular known as “Mama Kelley” passes Read more

Advent: Good news for the poor? Comments 0

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Wellington Christmas

As Christians we are often heard complaining about the ‘commercialisation’ of Christmas. And yet most of us would admit that, despite the frenetic pull towards consumerism, there is also an underlying ‘good will’ effect at this time of year which is mindful of those less well-off and puts a human face on poverty. There will Read more

The New Evangelisation in the light of the poor Comments 0

Friday, November 29th, 2013
Kevin Ahern

“every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be God’s faithful people. We achieve fulfilment when we break down walls and our heart is filled with faces Read more

Tamaki’s kin get $10k to feed poor Comments 0

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The son-in-law of Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship to help feed the needy. Vance McPhee and wife Jasmine will use the AMP scholarship to kick-start their business providing low-cost grocery boxes to low-income families. The couple have started building relationships with wholesalers and growers and have a ready-made Read more

Fears of a tight Christmas Comments 0

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Charities are bracing themselves for an influx of more than 40,000 struggling Kiwi families who can’t afford to serve Christmas dinner or put presents under the tree this year. The Salvation Army expects a third more New Zealand families will need their help this year compared to last, as lower-income households grapple to recover from Read more

I am guilty of not caring Comments 0

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I’m ashamed to say that I almost never interact with poor people. I like to think that I care, that I humanise the issue in my mind, that I don’t ignore it like so many do. But the truth is I am guilty of not caring — of failing to be touched by the humanity Read more

Pope: Imitate St Francis by stripping away worldliness Comments 0

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

On a pilgrimage to Assisi, Pope Francis has called on all Christians and the whole Church to imitate St Francis by embracing poverty and stripping away worldly attitudes. “A Christian cannot coexist with the spirit of the world,” he said, speaking in a room of the Assisi archbishop’s residence where St Francis shed himself of Read more

Fr Kevin Barr says proposed minimum wage a “good start” Comments 0

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The former Wages Council chairman Father Kevin Barr has commended the government’s effort to set up a minimum wage baseline for workers in Fiji. Based on the findings of the National Minimum Wage Baseline Survey, two dollars and thirty two cents an hour is now the proposed minimum wage. Barr says the new proposed rate Read more

Surge in rich gaining NZ residency Comments 0

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Mega-rich people are flocking to New Zealand after immigration rules were relaxed for people with at least $10 million to spend. The change in 2009 has led to a surge in seriously rich people gaining New Zealand residency and most don’t need any business experience or English language expertise. More than 100 people have been Read more

Sacred Heart spends $50,000 on First XV Comments 2

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

A New Zealand Herald investigation into First XV rugby in Auckland shows that five schools are estimated to be spending more than $400,000 collectively on their respective First XVs while the other seven teams in the 1A competition are spending collectively about $50,000. Auckland’s Sacred Heart estimates total annual expenditure on its First XV to be Read more