New Zealand

Parents of pupil with childhood dementia say school super-supportive

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A pupil with a disease likened to childhood dementia is much loved at the “fantastic and welcoming” St Mary’s Catholic School in Rotorua , his mum says. The school as a whole is supporting Ollie Schimanski whose rare genetic metabolism disorder (Sanfilippo Syndrome) causes fatal brain damage, Ollie’s mother Charlotte Schimanski explains. There is no Read more

Eight-year Olive Leaf Centre stoush over

Olive Leaf Centre

Arrowtown’s controversial Olive Leaf design for its Catholic Parish Centre is now no more than an idea that stirred significant interest and controversy. For eight years the Olive Leaf Centre Trust has tried to gain resource consent for the design but to no avail, says Trust chairman Colin Bellett. The plan to build the Centre Read more

Analysis and Comment

Six decades of Sacrosanctum Concilium in New Zealand

Sacrosanctum Concilium,

The promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, stands as a pivotal moment that ushered in a new era for the Catholic Church. Sixty years hence, we can reflect on the impact of this document on New Zealand’s theological landscape and liturgical practices. Sacrosanctum Concilium is the cornerstone of Vatican II because Read more

Demystifying COP: What is it, and why should I care?

COP

COP, or the Conference of the Parties, represents an annual global gathering dedicated to addressing the dire existential threat posed by the climate crisis. This intergovernmental event, however, is a source of considerable controversy, primarily due to the perceived lack of substantial progress in combating the climate catastrophe. Since its inception in 1995, each COP Read more

Demasculinise the church Francis asks theologians

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Speaking to members of the International Theological Commission at the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 30), Pope Francis asked theologians to “demasculinise” the church in an unscripted remark. “There is something I don’t like about you, if you excuse my honesty,” said Pope Francis, pointing out that there were only five women among the 30-plus theologians. Read more

Māori atheism on the rise: the legacy of colonisation is driving a decline in traditional Christian beliefs

Religious beliefs among Māori have shifted significantly over the past two decades. The number of Māori identifying as having “no religion” in the census between 2006 and 2018 increased from 36.5% to 53.5%. Māori affiliation with Christianity has fallen from 46.2% to 29.9%. Are Māori simply rejecting Christianity? Or are they rejecting all supernatural phenomena, Read more

Next gen young Catholics in sacred song

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Filling Sydney with sacred song is a vision that’s caught hundreds of young Catholics’ imaginations. They want to make that vision real. They’ve begun well. A 1,100-strong student choir assembled at St Mary’s Cathedral for Mass on 23 November to prove a sacred music renaissance is underway. Jubilate Deo! Bishop Richard Umbers celebrated the Mass Read more

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    • Former Google engineer’s AI church

      Anthony Levandowski, a pioneer of self-driving cars and controversial Silicon Valley figure, has announced the return of his AI-dedicated church. He originally started his “Way of the Future” church in 2015 while working as an engineer on Google’s self-driving project Read more
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  • Henry Kissinger: advisor to presidents and popes

    Henry Kissinger

    Henry Kissinger, the renowned American diplomat who passed away on November 29 at the age of 100, proved to be a counsellor to presidents and a confidant to popes. Spanning multiple decades and contentious geopolitical eras, Kissinger’s interactions with the Vatican reveal a tapestry of discussions and alliances. In a notable instance in 1975, Kissinger Read more

  • Bishops’ climate advocacy clashes with fossil fuel investments

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    The United States Catholic bishops’ (USCCB) investment strategies are at odds with its passionate climate advocacy. In a statement at COP28, the USCCB committee called decarbonisation of the economy the “preeminent environmental challenge faced by all nations” that must be addressed without burdening middle-and low-income citizens with increased costs. However, according to Reuters, the US Read more

  • Suicides surge as societal pressures increase

    US suicide rate

    Newly released CDC data for 2022 unveils a concerning surge in the US suicide rate. The 49,449 deaths by suicide mark the highest number recorded in the country’s history. Of notable concern is the diverse impact across demographics. Adults aged 35 and above witnessed sharp increases, signifying deeper societal challenges. Women, specifically white females, also Read more

  • Pope: COP28 – scrap fossil fuels, protect poor

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    In a wide-ranging message to COP28 delegates, Pope Francis added his voice to calls for an end to fossil fuels and for “debt forgiveness” for poorer countries hit by climate change. As illness prevented Francis from attending COP28, he deputed Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (pictured) to deliver his speech. Francis, who has made Read more

  • Synod felt ‘sorrow’ over church’s treatment of women

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    US bishops at October’s synod on synodality wanted to express “a certain amount of sorrow” over how the Church treats women, says Bishop Daniel Flores. Flores, who led the US bishops’ national consultation process for the synod, says the bishop delegates spoke out when they were in Rome. They wanted to show the synod that Read more