New Zealand

After 100 years World War 1 chaplain’s chalice going back to Belgium Comments 0


The chalice of First World War chaplain Father James Joseph McMenamin was handed over to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) chaplains during a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Petone on Sunday. The NZDF will take to the chalice to Belgium where it will be used in services in Nieppe and Mesen/Messines as part of the Read more

Christchurch cathedral decision in September – Regeneration Minister “deeply disappointed” Comments 1

Christchurch cathedral

On Sunday Bishop Victoria Matthews announced in a letter that members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch’s synod would make the decision about the future of the Christchurch cathedral at its meeting in early September. A government-appointed working party has been trying to decided the fate of the building and its report, which is due Read more


CCCS dedicate new Jubilee Church Comments 0

Jubilee church

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) dedicated their new Jubilee church  (Fale Iupeli) at the headquarters Malua last Thursday. The dedication ceremony started with various church district presenting gifts in a traditional Ta’alolo and the Mafutaga Aoao a Tina – the Church Women’s Council presented  fine mats, siapo and a monetary gift of $2 million Read more

A’eau Chris Hazelman re-appointed pro-chancellor Comments 0

Chris Hazelman

A’eau Chris Hazelman a former director of education of the Catholic archdiocese of Samoa-Apia, has been re-appointed pro chancellor of the University of Samoa for the next three years. He was first appointed pro chancellor in 2014. The National University of Samoa Council unanimously supported A’eau and its recommendation was accepted by Cabinet. A’eau served Read more


This sin business Comments 0

When I read the church fathers’ teaching about sin, I acknowledge the principles but interpret them a different way. Many women do this because feminine spirituality tends to be a little different, although complementary to the male model. Our spiritual paths Read more

Tribute to a good father Comments 0

One benefit of bearing an unusual name is that anybody I meet who knew my father is liable to ask, “Are you any relation to Vaughan Roughan?” Though he was a primary school principal whose career was spent in Southland Read more

Church leaders discuss concerns with the Prime Minister Comments 0

church leaders

Cardinal John Dew was one of a group of church leaders who met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are influenced by the experience of their church congregations and church based social agencies in most New Zealand communities. Read more

  • Features

  • Popes and presidents — 29 intersections

    ROME – Unless there’s an unexpected change in schedule – and, with these two mavericks, one never knows – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump will meet each other for the first time on Wednesday. The encounter will take place in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where the pontiff meets most heads of state who visit Read more

  • The teens who serve the Pope inside the Vatican

    It’s not every day you find a group of young men, ranging from 15 to 18, who willingly make a three-year commitment to wake up at 6:30 a.m. every Sunday morning to pray and study in the house of the pope. “The boys’ willingness to come in the first place is a sign of a Read more

  • World

  • Justice and a fair go for Cardinal Pell Comments 1

    Justice for Cardinal George Pell must be allowed to run its course says the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher. “He has cooperated in every way with multiple police, parliamentary and Royal Commission investigations,” Fisher said. “Everyone supports just investigation of complaints, but the relentless character attacks on Cardinal Pell, by some, stand the principle of Read more

  • Australian Catholic schools funding blowup Comments 0

    Australian Catholic schools are a not pleased with the way the extra $18.6 billion earmarked for all Aussie schools will be allocated. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the funding under the “Gonski 2.0” plan model last week. Under this model, he says government funding will be allocated on the sole basis of the needs of Read more

  • 5 very diverse new cardinals announced – none Italian Comments 0

    The names of five new cardinals from five very different countries were announced yesterday. Pope Francis says on 28 June he will hold a consistory to appoint the cardinals,  who come from El Salvador, Laos, Mali, Spain and Sweden. They will add diversity to the church, Francis says. Apart from Spain, none of the countries Read more

  • Reformation, Catholics and today’s unity Comments 0

    The Reformation’s 500th jubilee is important to Catholics as well as Protestants, says Sr Joyce Ann Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a Sister of the Precious Blood, and a professor of liturgy from Dayton, Ohio. Although the Catholic Church has been involved in a number of divisions over the millennia – including the Protestant Reformation – it Read more

  • Cuba has first new Catholic church for decades Comments 0

    A new Catholic church in Cuba is being built – the first for 60 years. Funding for the church is being donated by a parish in Florida, USA. Father Ramon Hernandez, who with his parishioners bankrolled the project, says he is looking forward to the inauguration Mass taking place early next year. Hernandez, who comes Read more