New Zealand

When a handshake is not welcome… Comments 0


A University of Auckland academic has been sacked after trying to shake a female Muslim student’s hand and then accusing her of sexual discrimination when she refused. “A harsh punishment for a bruised ego I thought, until this morning.,” says journalist Mahvash Ali in an opinion piece published in Stuff. “I am a Muslim woman, a pretty friendly Read more

Petition seeks to make all religious institutions pay tax Comments 0


On 6 March a petition to Parliament was launched seeking to remove tax free status from all religious institutions. The petition requests: “That the House of Representatives pass legislation to tax all religious institutions.” The reason for the petition is:  “Destiny Church and similar evangelical institutions are having a direct and negative impact on the Read more

Asia Pacific

Growth of Mormon Church In Tonga a “Wake Up Call” – Cardinal Mafi Comments 0


Tonga’s Cardinal Mafi sees the growth of Mormonism in his country as “a wake-up call for all churches and especially for our local Catholic churches.” According to official Mormon statistics, there are over 64,000 people in Tonga today who are Mormon equivalent to around 60% of the total population of Tonga (approximately 107,000 people). This Read more

Oceania’s Anglican leaders tackle climate change and gender-based violence Comments 0

anglican leaders

Oceania’s Anglican leaders in the region have committed themselves “to take concrete action, to be champions and advocates, and to support each other” in the fight against climate change and gender-based violence. The primates and general secretaries of the Anglican Church in Australia, the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, Read more


Pope Francis first five years, how successful? Comments 0

Pope Francis

As he enters the sixth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis is in good health, good spirits and sustained by that inner peace that came to him during the conclave and has never left him, according to sources close to Read more

Francis invites change, but we are the change Comments 0


There was a time in life when I wanted change and wanted it now. I still want things done now, but over the course of the years, I discovered that, at least where the church is concerned, I was looking Read more

NZ represented at meeting of young people in Rome to prepare for Synod Comments 0


Isabella McCafferty has been invited by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to represent New Zealand a meeting of young people in Rome. This meeting, which begins on Monday, will bring 300 young people from across the world for six days. The outcome from the gathering will be presented to the members of the October Synod Read more

  • Features

  • Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis

    Pope Francis at five

    A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis at five years has a striking way with words. Bringing a background in literary themes and devices with him to the papacy five years ago, the pope has shown himself to be a master of metaphor and allegory. His cross-cultural and eclectic Read more

  • Francis’ paradigm shift: mercy migrants marriage

    mercy migrants marriage

    Whenever Pope Francis visits prisons, during his whirlwind trips to the world’s peripheries or at a nearby jailhouse in Rome, he always tells inmates that he, too, could have ended up behind bars: “Why you and not me?” he asks. That humble empathy and the ease with which he walks in others’ shoes have won Read more