Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

Pope says religions that promote violence must be refuted Comments 0

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Pope Francis has told Albanian religious leaders that distorted forms of religion that promote violence must be firmly refuted as false. During a one day visit to the former communist nation on September 21, the Pope said authentic religion is a source of peace. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To Read more

One family’s history of violence Comments 0

Friday, August 8th, 2014

It’s a “national tragedy”, a “dirty secret”, an “outrage”. But within the hyperbole surrounding the issue of domestic violence in our country are countless stories of individuals and families who have felt its impact first-hand. My own family has such a story – but we’re ‘lucky ones’, who ‘got away’. My sister and I escaped Read more

Sport and violence Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I have just read a headline in the New Zealand Herald (6 June 2014) in which All Black coach Steve Hansen describes Jerome Kaino as “a caged animal” who will be doing all that he can to prove that he is at home among the big beasts of the international game.The names given to men’s rugby and Read more

After the California shooting Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Hannah Merritt2

On Friday night I felt like I was playing a part in a movie. I’d come to Santa Barbara six months ago from Wellington on a student exchange. I was really excited to become immersed in the Californian lifestyle. I wanted to go surfing, to drink Californian wine, and have fun at the “Number Two Read more

Argentina’s bishops speak out against violence in their nation Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Argentina’s Catholic bishops have spoken out about violence that is besetting their nation. In a statement released at their recent annual conference, the bishops said “We notice with pain and concern that Argentina is sick with violence. Some symptoms are clear, others more subtle”. “Criminal acts have not only risen in number, but in aggressiveness; a Read more

Creating a refuge from violence Comments 0

Friday, April 11th, 2014

We live in a violent society. You can see it in popular movies, our favourite sports, the occasional spectacular act of violence that captures our collective imaginations. Wondering if David Bain did it is still a national hobby; I’ve even chatted about it over a flat white and scone at morning tea. Somehow, it’s an easy conversation. Read more

South Sudan: First impressions Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

First impressions aren’t always accurate. But in my first days here I have been struck by the extent of trauma people have experienced – and real worries that the violence that has rocked South Sudan since mid-December may not be over. The capital of Juba is calm, but it is only “outwardly” so, one of Read more

Ukraine: A spiritual journey in political guise Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Ukrainian priest

The recent events in Ukraine are not what many news sources, even respected ones, imagine them to be. First, Ukraine was not a battleground where Russia and the West were hammering it out. Indeed, 99% of what was taking place on ‘the maidan’, the central square in Kyiv, was based on issues internal to Ukraine. Read more

Uphill struggle against misogyny in India Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

My heart grieved after reading the story of the young American woman who was stabbed to death by her Indian husband of five months, who subsequently killed himself. It grieves for all the young girls who are forced to remain subdued because of the threat of rape or sexual violence – abuse explained by some Read more

Ukraine Bishop anoints blinded protestors Comments 0

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A Catholic bishop in the Ukraine, February 19, visited a hospital to give the sacrament of the sick to protesters who had their eyes shot out by rubber bullets, reports the National Review Online. The bishop’s pastoral visit came after at statement by Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, stressing that Read more