New Zealand

River has more rights than the unborn say Family First Comments 0

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament last week, establishes a new legal framework for the river. Family First has taken the occasion as an opportunity to highlight the fact that the unborn child has no legal rights. They say the new law gives the Whanganui river Read more

Marist College preparing students for the digital age Comments 0

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Marist College, a girls’ Catholic secondary school in Mt Albert, endeavours to equip its students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful in the digital age. It wants the students to have the confidence to select the areas in which their interests lie; and with the skills required to take their learning further Read more


Importing Fijian miracle water to NZ banned Comments 0

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Miracle water from a Fijian village that is proclaimed as the Lourdes of the Pacific has been banned from being brought into New Zealand unless treated. A Ministry of Primary Industries’ spokesperson, Craig Hughes, said close to 500 people had been intercepted at airports and other borders trying to bring the water in, and made a Read more

Claims of stigmata causing division in Samoa Comments 0


The father of the Samoan woman who it is said received the stigmata last Easter is giving up his work of 23 years as a minister of the Congregational Christian Church. Reverend Opapo Oeti Soana’i  revealed his decision on Wednesday. “I am not going to wait for my roles as a church minister to be Read more


Don’t blame Francis for the confusion Comments 0

Some self-declared Catholic traditionalists have been complaining bitterly that there is much confusion and division within the Catholic Church. They blame it all on Pope Francis and especially on the challenging program he has launched for ecclesial renewal and reform. Read more

Images of St Joseph to inspire you Comments 0

It’s taken me years, but I’m really learning to love St. Joseph. Part of it has probably been praying this novena, but a bigger part is art. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get that excited about an old guy Read more

St Mary’s College 7’s rugby champs – with a little help from coach’s mate Ardie Savea Comments 0

Tuga Mativa and his mate All Black Ardie Savea have put St Mary’s College in Wellington on the world rugby map. St Mary’s College Sevens team was first formed less than two years ago. In 2016 the girls won every tournament they entered and are the current National Secondary School Champions. Now, in April, they hope Read more

  • Features

  • Speaking to parents of children with Down’s syndrome

    The day after Samantha was born, her mother Margaret was told she had Down’s syndrome. “After the doctors left my bed I held my baby tight and prayed to Our Lady and said I would always take care of her. “They were very negative in the hospital, telling us she probably wouldn’t live past 21 Read more

  • Married priests: Pope’s response not so new after all

    While Pope Francis’ recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love and Read more

  • World

  • Water is a treasure says Pope Francis Comments 0

    Water is a treasure  and we must protect it, says Pope Francis. During yesterday’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, he especially welcomed visitors participating in the “Watershed” Conference. Timed to take place on 22 March – World Water Day – the conference focus was on “replenishing water values for a thirsty world”. Francis told Read more

  • Flashmobs, social media, young people and the Pope Comments 0

    Flashmobs where congregations come together and worship then disappear aren’t what a church experience is about Pope Francis told students at Roma Tre University this week. Nor is social media a reflection of reality, he added. A video recording of  his talk was made for World Youth Day, which takes places on 9 April. Rather Read more

  • Migrants paying the price in Europe says Caritas Comments 0

    Migrants are paying a heavy price in Europe because of an agreement made a year ago between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, says Caritas The agreement aimed to stem the flow of migrants and refugees seeking protection in Europe. Caritas says the agreement has left thousands of vulnerable people stranded in degrading conditions in Read more

  • Pope begged for forgiveness for Rwanda genocide Comments 0

    The Pope has begged the Rwandan President Paul Kagame  for forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Francis said the Vatican acknowledges the church was in part to blame for the genocide, as were some Catholic priests and nuns. He said these priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying Read more

  • Bible mustn’t be used to justify killings warn Bishops Comments 0

    The Bible mustn’t be used to justify killings, the Filipino Bishops wrote in a pastoral letter. Their concern follows months of killings as Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, fights a war against drugs. In their letter, which was read at all Masses on Sunday, the bishops recounted the passage of a House of Representatives bill that Read more