New Zealand

Budget recognising some Kiwis are missing out Comments 0


Two billion dollars will go back into the pockets of New Zealand families, with the Government unveiling a combination of tax cuts, a boost to the accommodation supplement and Working for Families. Salvation Army says the budget is a step in the right direction to correct the growing imbalance in New Zealand society between the Read more

Marriage celebrants including priests must pay to be registered Comments 0

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All marriage celebrants, including priests and ministers of religion, will now have to pay $220.00 to be registered as a marriage celebrant. They will also have to pay an annual fee of $60.00 to renew their registration. Up until now the cost of registering is covered by couples when they pay their marriage-licence fee. But the Registrar-General Read more


Ahok, jailed former governor says he forgives and accepts Comments 0


“I know this is not easy for you to accept this reality, let alone me, but I have learned to forgive and accept all this,” the former governor of Jakarta  said in a letter read out at a news conference held by his wife Veronica Tan on Tuesday. In the letter Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, (Ahok) Read more

First Seventh-day Adventist church opened in Nauru Comments 0


The first Seventh-day Adventist church in Nauru was officially opened on April 9 by Maveni Kaufononga, president of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) church region, based in Fiji, and Nauru Government Minister Shadlog Bernicke. Reagan Aliklik, the elder and landowner who donated the land for the church, shared a brief history of Adventism in the Read more


Donald Trump has met the new leader of the secular world – Pope Francis Comments 0


It’s an odd sight to see the Pope Francis – with his anti-war, anti-corruption, anti-violence and pro-environment beliefs – greeting President Trump whose policies are not those of the Western people he claims to represent says Robert Fisk. “After two Read more

Pope Francis gives President Trump a back-handed gift Comments 0


In the course of their meeting Pope Francis gave President Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace message entitled “Nonviolence — A Style of Politics for Peace,” and a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the need to Read more

Who said Francis did not smile when he met Trump? Comments 1


Proir to the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump Bishop Steve Lowe of the Hamilton Diocese, said he was optimistic about the meeting even if they did not agree on the common issue. It seems Lowe’s optimism was not misplaced. According to a statement released by the Vatican Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about Read more

  • Features

  • Cardinals: Maradiaga bashes Burke, as Benedict lauds Sarah

    Two prominent and sometimes controversial cardinals, both seen as conservatives, recently have drawn stinging criticism in one case and a stirring defense in another, and both have come from extremely high-ranking sources. American Cardinal Raymond Burke was recently dismissed as a “disappointed man” upset over the loss of his power by fellow Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Read more

  • Fred Hollows makes 1 million people see in a year

    The Fred Hollows Foundation has reached a remarkable record with over one million eye operations and treatments achieved in just one year, for the first time in its history. “Performing one million eye operations and treatments in a single year is an important milestone and one I am incredibly proud of,” says Brian Doolan, Chief Read more

  • World

  • ISIS kills, kidnaps priest, parishioners in Philippines Comments 0

    ISIS has burned buildings, beheaded a police chief, killed five soldiers and two policemen and kidnapped a priest, parish staff and parishioners in a rampage through Marawi, a mainly Muslim town in the southern Philippines. Further atrocities are emerging as news reports filter out of the region. The militants have raised the black ISIS flag Read more

  • Religious leaders solidarity after Manchester Comments 0

    Pope Francis is among religious and world leaders and ordinary citizens offering prayers and support after Monday’s suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester. Twenty-two people, including an eight year-old girl, died in the attack Islamic State is taking responsibility for. Another 59 were wounded. Francis has sent a telegram to the victims of Read more

  • Vinnies stands up for asylum seekers Comments 0

    Australia’s St Vincent de Paul Society – Vinnies – is condemning a Federal Government ultimatum to 7,500 asylum seekers. They are being told to shape up with their paperwork or ship out – back home or somewhere else. Anywhere else. They have until 1 October to produce the documentation the Government wants. Vinnies National Council Read more

  • Man who prevented ISIS desecrating Blessed Sacrament now a priest Comments 0

    A young Iraqi seminarian who risked his life to save the Blessed Sacrament from being desecrated by ISIS during an invasion has returned to the same church as a priest. Martin Baani was 24 when these events unfolded. Rather than leave Iraq with his family, Baani chose to stay and complete his training in Erbil, Read more

  • Catholics agencies remove fossil fuels from investment portfolios Comments 0

    Numerous Catholic organisations are divesting fossil fuels from their share portfolios. They want to show the world it is not okay to keep polluting the environment. As an example, nine Italian organisations divested from fossil fuel corporations in time to send a message to the G7 summit being held today and tomorrow in Taormina, Sicily. Read more