New Zealand

TCI offers course in leadership and Catholic culture Comments 0

leadership

The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI) will be teaching a paper from the Australian Catholic University’s four paper Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture (GCLCC) next year. The graduate certificate programme is aimed at developing leadership capabilities for people who work, or wish to work, in Catholic organisations. The paper being presented Read more

St Patrick’s College science stars shine at awards Comments 0

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A year 13 student and a recent old boy of St Patrick’s College Wellington have each earned scholarships after competing in the Wellington Regional Eureka Awards. Year 13 student Xavier English gave a 6 minute speech about the use of virtual reality for training in health and safety situations. “It’s the next platform and will create lots Read more

Asia Pacific

Samoa’s religious leaders must help open dialogue on gender discrimination Comments 0

discrimination

There is still a huge need for open dialogue on ‘taboo’ subjects and on the meaning of the ‘Samoan way of life’ (fa’asamoa) and ensuring women’s right to equality within the family. “This cannot happen without the leadership of government and other local stakeholders, including community and religious leaders, alongside women and men at all Read more

Cook Islands looks to decriminalise homosexuality Comments 0

homosexuality

Legislation is being considered in the Cook Islands that could see sections removed from a 1969 Act that criminalise consensual sex between two men. The proposed Crimes Bill 2017 was presented after the Cook Islands Parliament established a committee to review public submissions about amending the Crimes Act. Some religious leaders are opposing the change. ”If Read more

Opinion

Slavery – more profitable and more widespread than ever Comments 0

A few years ago I went to a lecture by the Right Honourable The Baroness Cox, of Queensbury. She spoke about her charitable work in many of the most dangerous areas of the world and in particular about the redeeming of Read more

Why the seal of the confessional will remain Comments 0

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a 2000-page three volume Criminal Justice Report. One of its recommendations is that the states and territories “create a criminal offence of failure to report targeted at child sexual Read more

The age-old Anglican virtue of patience needed to create unity Comments 0

patience

Archbishop Joshua Idowu-Fearon, the secretary general of the Anglican Communion has just completed  seven-day tour of the church in Aotearoa New Zealand. He says that on first impression the three tikanga church has modelled an age-old Anglican virtue  of patience; something, he fears, that is in danger of being lost. He has that impression, he Read more


  • Features

  • Even popes can get spooked by an eclipse

    ROME – On August 21, a large part of the United States will witness one of the most stunning and awe-inspiring spectacles offered by nature: A total eclipse of the sun. Those who will be looking up on the path of totality, where the eclipse is best visible, will watch as the light turns gradually Read more

  • An exorcist talks about Annabelle and the power of evil

    “Annabelle: Creation” opened in theatres in NZ on August 10. What children read, what they see on the screen, can inspire them toward greater faithfulness. Conversely, Father Robert warns, it can lead them into the sordid world of the occult, even opening them to demonic possession. Father Robert is not exaggerating. A priest for more Read more