New Zealand

Vatican rules on ash spreading based on values similar to Māori ones Comments 0

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The Vatican’s recently announced a set of guidelines for cremation, ash spreading, and burial. Spokeswoman Simone Olsen says the Catholic Church in New Zealand will follow guidelines from the Vatican. The practice of ash spreading is particularly pertinent in the New Zealand  at this time because a number of iwi have been expressing their concern about Read more

4 out of 40 All Blacks attended Francis Douglas College Comments 0


Four former students from Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth have been selected for the All Blacks tour squad. Along with the three Barrett brothers, Beauden, Scott and Jordie, Liam Coltman had  been named as a hooker on the tour. Martin Chamberlain, the principal of Francis Douglas Memorial College, said they were not only Read more


Archbishop Loy Chong leads an ecumenical first celebrated in Suva Comments 0


In the first ecumenical service of its kind in Fiji, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Suva, Reverend Dr Peter Loy Chong, presided at a liturgy conducted with the leaders of the major Christian churches in Fiji to induct the new leadership team of the Fiji Council of Churches. (FCC) The liturgy in the Methodist Centenary Read more

Sister Patricia Stowers SMSM – RIP Comments 0


Sister Patricia Stowers, of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM) passed away on October 12 at Ste-Foy les Lyon (France), after a long illness. She was an outstanding leader who served the SMSM sisters at the highest level. “Patricia was a Marist woman, a woman of the Church, and a woman of Read more


Pope Francis and a better way to choose bishops Comments 0


By now it should be clear. Pope Francis really believes there is a serious lack of quality among priests and bishops in the Catholic church. Otherwise, he would not talk so often about the negative traits of certain men in Read more

Transgender tots? And ‘recovered memories’ hysteria Comments 0


In the last few years, a new sexual liberation movement, transgenderism, has arisen. It is complete with an ideology: A person can be born into the “wrong” sex and can correct that problem by amputations, hormones, change of name, pronouns Read more

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral can be saved – for $100 million Comments 0

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The new bishop of Christchurch will have to decide what to do about the earthquake Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. He will be faced with a choice of spending $45 million to restore the nave or $100 million to carry out a complete restoration. A decision had previously been made  to save and restore just the Read more

  • Features

  • The martyrs of the French Revolution


    Who was Brother Salomon Leclercq ? Born in Boulogne-sur-Mer on November 14, 1745, Guillaume-Louis-Nicolas Leclercq entered the novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Lasallians), where he took the religious name of Brother Salomon and eventually became Superior-General. Following the promulgation of the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, which gave the state control over the Read more

  • Scientist, theologian, mother


    How many people do you know who can give you a technical description of photosynthesis and quote from Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma? Dr. Stacy Trasancos ( is one such person, accomplished in both science and theology. A native of Texas, Trasancos’s love of nature and insatiable curiosity led her to eventually earn a Read more

  • World

  • Pope Francis and Sunni Muslim imam get-together Comments 0

    Pope Francis and Sunni Muslim imam of Al-Azhar will begin talks again next year. The talks stopped five years ago. It is expected they will begin again in Rome next April. Officials from the Vatican’s office of inter-religious affairs are going to Cairo this weekend for a preparatory meeting. Their aim is to lay the Read more

  • Robbing the church at the site of Christ’s Transfiguration disgusts Comments 0

    Robbing the church at the site of Christ’s Transfiguration has drawn disgusted comments. Leading Holy Land Christians called the burglary at the site “a heinous crime and an act that violates the sanctity of the Holy Sites”. They have asked the police to conduct an investigation. They hope the police will “seriously look into the matter Read more

  • Religious parents unthinking, irresponsible, reckless, diseased and feeble-minded Comments 0

    Religious parents are unthinking, irresponsible, reckless, diseased and feeble-minded. People of faith “should not be allowed to bring offspring into the world.” These opinions came from Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), who founded the Planned Parenthood birth control movement. Planned Parenthood celebrated its 100th birthday on October 16. The celebrations drew applause from pro-abortion feminists, praise from President Barack Read more

  • Vladimir Putin is linked to opposition to Pope Comments 0

    Vladimir Putin is linked to opposition to Pope Francis, says Andrea Tornielli. Tornielli has been described as the Pope’s favourite journalist. He made the the suggestion in an article co-written with Giacomo Galeazzi for the Italian newspaper La Stampa. It is headlined “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin”. They quote sociologist Massimo Introvigne as Read more

  • Police interview Cardinal Pell in Rome Comments 0


    Australian police have travelled to Rome and interviewed Cardinal George Pell about historic allegations of sexual assault. In a statement, Victoria Police confirmed to the ABC’s 7.30 program that “three members of Victoria Police travelled to Rome last week where Cardinal George Pell voluntarily participated in an interview regarding allegations of sexual assault”. “As a result Read more