New Zealand

Collar-gate: Covering up a logo causes a wave of moral indignation Comments 0

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When Sony Bill William covered up a BNZ logo on his rugby shirt he crossed a line that few have crossed in New Zealand; he made a public display of his religious convictions. It was a move that made world-wide headlines and it was not received well by all. It even merited a comment from Read more

St Mary of the Angels – same but different Comments 0

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The most notable aspect of the restored St Mary of the Angels church is that it looks the same as it always did. The church was reopened and blessed by Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, last week. It had been closed for almost 4 years to undergo earthquake strengthening. At the completion of Read more

Pacific

Jakarta’s election result a challenge to democracy Comments 0

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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s first Christian governor, has conceded defeat to Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a Muslim and former government minister in a vote seen by many as a test of Indonesia’s secular identity. “It’s a challenge for Indonesia’s democracy,” said Bonar Tigor Naipospos, vice chairman of the executive board of the Setara Institute for Democracy Read more

Religious freedom is absolute Comments 0

Fijian Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa used Easter as an opportunity to call for Fiji to safeguard religious freedom in Fiji. “Fiji must be committed to safeguarding and upholding this fundamental human right, by defending the right of every citizen to practise Christianity or any other religion at home and abroad.” Kepa said Easter was a Read more

Opinion

Bishop Drennan’s Chrism Mass homily Comments 0

The greatest pastoral challenge facing New Zealand today is to keep the distinction between what is essential and what is secondary. We risk substituting God with good things… Faith continually evolves. How we understand aspects of our faith today is Read more

Love the stranger Comments 0

Terry and I were in a rental car in Jordan. We’d driven from Amman to the site where Moses stood to view the Promised Land. Narrow roads wound through wilderness with occasional habitation: some Bedouin tents, boys with a few Read more

Split Enz bass player helps his old school establish School of Imagination Comments 0

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Mike Chunn, the original bass player in Split Enz, and an alumnus of Sacred Heart College, has been one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the School of Imagination at the college. He was present at the recent official opening of a digital recording studio will allow the teaching of NCEA Level 3 Read more


  • Features

  • Are the bishops up to the pope’s challenge to build a synodal Church?

    There has been attention on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation that elaborates on discussions regarding marriage and the family, which took places in 2014 and 2015 within the Synod of Bishops. But something has largely been neglected. It is the reception of the pope’s focus on synodality and its importance for the Church Read more

  • What exactly is Easter?

    As a general principle, an honest man will want know what something is, or is said to be, before he decides whether he thinks it is true or that he must do anything about it. Take one’s relation to a doctor. Insofar as we deal with a doctor qua doctor, we want him to tell Read more

  • World

  • Archbishop appalled at Catholics behaviour Comments 0

    Philippine bishops’ conference head, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said he is appalled at the way Catholics in the Philippines are behaving. They are making their clergy “martyrs” to harassment on social media and an easy target of trolls who make up lies for the media about them. This is because of the clergy’s continued criticisms to Read more

  • Golden crown shines in secret Archbishops tomb Comments 0

    A lost tomb containing the graves of five Archbishops of Canterbury has been uncovered under the floor in St Mary-at-Lambeth Church, London. These days the church is used as the “Garden Museum”. It is located next door to Lambeth Palace, the home of the current Archbishop of Canterbury. After cutting a hole in the medieval Read more

  • Women deacons on the cards Comments 0

    Women deacons could be permitted says top theologian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn. Although Shonborn says there is a chance for this to happen, he  cautions waiting until the group Pope Francis commissioned last year to study the mater of female deacons. Shonborn says there is a precedent for women undertaking deacons’ roles in the Church. He Read more

  • Disgraced O’Reilly Factor host meets Pope Comments 0

    Disgraced “O’Reilly Factor” Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly, met Pope Francis during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square this week. O’Reilly, whose long-running show draws audiences of around four million, has been asked to leave the Fox network following numerous claims of sexual harassment. He is presently holidaying in Italy. Although he lined up Read more

  • Benedict’s birthday blessings Comments 0

    Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday this week giving thanks to God for his blessings. The former pontiff, who lives in retirement,  gave his blessing during his quiet celebrations. “My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years that the good God has gifted me,” he said. “There were trials and difficult Read more