New Zealand

Bolger challenges Ardern on environment promises Comments 0

Former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger is challenging Jacinda Ardern to live up to her promises and deliver rapid progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Bolger says many people have been disappointed at the Government’s “timid response on Green issues” over the past three years, despite having the Green Party in Cabinet for the first Read more

Wellington council’s considering a rent-a-grave scheme Comments 0

As is the case with many other local authorities around the country, the Wellington council’s cemeteries are running out of room. In fact, Karori Cemetery has run out of room and Makara Cemetery is predicted to be full by 2038. One proposed solution is a rent-a-grave scheme, where the deceased can be buried for a Read more

Analysis and Comment

What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future? Comments 0

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As we hunkered down to church closures and online Masses a second time, I reflected on a friend’s question: Are we treating this Covid-19 lockdown as a period of hibernation or will we emerge from a chrysalis — and, if so, how will we be transformed? As the Catholic community gains an accelerated experience of Read more

Church losing touch with working-class Catholics Comments 0


Charles Perko admits it will not stand up well as an excuse, but he does offer it up as an “explanation.” Too many Sundays he has missed Mass, he says, because he was too tired after a 12-hour shift the night before to make it to church. Workweeks loaded with overtime have not helped, of Read more

Pope Francis is wrong, property rights are human Comments 0


A friend of mine, who had spent many years establishing a successful printing business in the Midwest, opened his local newspaper to find a story about a fancy redevelopment project that the city had proposed in his neighbourhood. How nice, he thought, until he realized that planning officials were going to put the project on Read more

Dear Pope Francis, six reasons you should wear a mask Comments 0

Francis without mask

Dear Pope Francis, it is extremely disappointing that almost all the photos of you since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown you without a mask. This is bad on so many levels. You should know better. Please, wear a mask. Your friends in the media, including myself, have for the most part given Read more

St Vincent de Paul “Free Week” timed just right Comments 0

This week the South Dunedin St Vincent de Paul Shop put no limit on what people can take. “No one has gone over the top, they only took what they need”, St Vincent de Paul area president, Lynlea Forbes told CathNews. “The generosity of people abounds”, she said. Forbes told CathNews that because it is Read more

  • Oddly

    • Pope Francis meme has some critics

      A new Pope Francis meme using Twitter’s tiled image format to make it look like the pontiff is holding up various things, ranging from The Lion King’s Simba to Baby Yoda has divided opinion on social media. “The pope meme Read more
  • World

  • Same-sex civil unions supported by Pope Francis Comments 0

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    Pope Francis has again indicated support for same-sex civil unions. His most recent comments were made in “Francesco,” a new documentary on his life and ministry. The film premiered Oct. 21 as part of the Rome Film Festival. In the film, Francis says that “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. Read more

  • History teacher’s murder by Islamist group prompts rapid response from Paris Comments 0

    France’s president Emmanuel Macron says a teacher’s murder last week was the work of domestic militant Islamist group. The murdered teacher, Samuel Paty, had discussed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed with his class earlier this month. After the murder, 16 people were initially detained, by police. They included members of the killer’s family and five Read more

  • Australia’s financial watchdog searches for anti-Pell Vatican money Comments 0

    The Australian Federal Police is looking for evidence that money transfers from the Vactican came to Australia in an attempt to influence the case against Cardinal George Pell. AUSTRAC, the Australian Government agency responsible for detecting, deterring and disrupting criminal abuse of the financial system to protect the community from serious and organised crime is Read more

  • Religion contributes $67.5 billion to Canadian economy Comments 0

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    A Canadian study has calculated religion contributes $67.5 billion a year to the country’s economy. The study by the think tank Cardus set out to measure the economic impact of all organized religion in the country. It is the first study of its type in Canada. It calculated the annual revenues of every single church, Read more

  • Brexit Bill could undermine peace in Northern Ireland Comments 0


    Leaders of Anglican Churches have warned the UK government a new Brexit bill could set a “disastrous precedent”. The Internal Market Bill could damage the relationship between the UK’s four nations. So say the archbishops of York and Canterbury and the heads of the Church in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The bill sets out rules Read more