New Zealand

Finn is dedicated to changing the world just one step at a time Comments 0


Finn Egan, a former Marist Challenge 2000 Gap Year Student and Youth Worker at Challenge 2000, has walked the 1600km of the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Wellington to support Roar4PNG. Roar4PNG is an organisation devoted to preventing and healing sexual and domestic violence. This organisation wants to build a women’s refuge in Read more

Priests’ children need to be acknowledged Comments 1

priests' children

Mr Bill Kilgallon, director of the National Office for Professional Standards in New Zealand, says the Catholic Church as yet has no idea how many people in New Zealand may have a father who is or has been a priest. But he says priests’ children have the right to know who their parents are. He Read more

Asia Pacific

Deepawali enables people to cross boundaries of ethnicity and religion says Archbishop Comments 0


The spirit of Deepawali unites families, friends and neighbours, enabling people to cross boundaries of ethnicity and religion. says the Catholic Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong. He has sent a message of greeting to “all our Hindu brothers and sisters as you celebrate one of the most important and brightest celebrations, “Deepawali” or “festival Read more

Priest in Indonesia accused of defamation for calling Moslem lawyer stupid Comments 0

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In Indonesia, a German-born Jesuit priest has been reported to police for defamation after calling a Muslim lawyer stupid. The lawyer, Eggi Sudjana, had said that Christian and other non-Muslim religions should be “dissolved” for having more than one God. However, Father Magnis-Suseno said there was “great stupidity” in Sudjana’s comments about other faiths. Magnis-Suseno, Read more


Bishop Drennan, ‘thumbs up’. Two ‘thumbs up’ to Bishop Campbell Comments 2

Jogging our memories, I’m sure we can recall the liturgical branding for the new translation of the Mass. “New words, deeper meaning, same Mass.” Initially prepared to go with the flow, after a little while I found the cognitive dissonance Read more

Pope Francis is more evolution than revolution Comments 0

ROME – Two stories about Pope Francis over the last few days have elicited either praise or criticism, depending on one’s point of view, but also pivoting on a perception that’s actually questionable: To wit, that once again, this maverick Read more

Christian persecution hits all-time high Comments 0

christian persecution

The persecution of Christians is now “worse than at any time in history” according to a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. Persecuted and Forgotten? has been published by the UK office of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. Some of the report’s findings are: Persecution of Christians reached Read more

  • Features

  • Hildegard of Bingen: reproacher of popes and kings

    Women must not be “reduced to servants of our recalcitrant clericalism.” Pope Francis reiterated this point on his trip to Colombia (September 6-11, 2017). Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) already understood this clearly. She was a Benedictine nun, a mystic, theologian, foundress, writer, expert in pharmacology, cosmologist, composer, botanist, doctor … and she maintained correspondence with Read more

  • Ways to spot human trafficking

    The CNN Freedom Project wants to amplify the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, highlight success stories and help unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. It’s vacation season for much of the world, with travelers flocking to airports to jet off for some hard-earned R&R. But it’s not just holidaymakers who fly Read more