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Christian persecution hits all-time high Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
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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

A better translation of the Mass possible Comments 1

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Bishop of Palmerston North Charles Drennan says the clunky sentence construction and often awkward vocabulary in the six-year-old translation of the Mass have tested us all, “Notwithstanding the introduction of some evocative language.” Writing in Welcom, Drennan made a plea for patience in regard to what action may be taken in New Zealand as a consequence Read more

Reconsider hiring college hall out for arms auction says old boy priest Comments 3

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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A priest who is a former pupil of St Patrick’s College Wellington has asked the college to reconsider hiring out its hall for an arms auction. The auction features high-powered semi-automatic weapons and military memorabilia adorned with Nazi insignia. Monsignor Gerard Burns says while the arms auction – to be held this weekend at the Kilbirnie school’s hall – was Read more

Move to ban prolife club judged unconstitutional Comments 0

Monday, October 9th, 2017

A provisional decision to disaffiliate ProLife Auckland from the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) will not proceed after legal advice found the move to be unconstitutional and void. In August, an online referendum was held that contained a double question: “Should AUSA disaffiliate the ProLife Club and ban any clubs with similar ideology from affiliating in the Read more

Compassion Housing welcomed to the Horowhenua Comments 0

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
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Compassion Housing is taking on the Community Housing portfolio in Horowhenua. All existing local tenancy agreements will remain in place. Residents will now receive an increased level of service aimed both at improving well-being and decreasing isolation. Sister Margaret Anne Mills, the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Compassion, says they are committed to Levin, Read more

6,000 women attend conference for Christian women in Auckland Comments 0

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
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The Sista’s Conference for Christian women took place at the beginning of September at the Trusts Arena in Auckland. Hosted by Life NZ, about 3,800 were expected to attend the opening night. The Saturday night crowd exceeded 6,000. Organisers estimate 50 percent of Sista attendees were from out of Auckland and participants were likely to Read more

Church Education Commission outraged by accusations of bullying, secrets and grooming Comments 1

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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The Churches Education Commission (CEC) is outraged by claims made by secular education campaigners who want to stop religion being taught in state primary and intermediate schools. Tanya Jacob, the South Island representative of the of the Secular Education Network (SEN), said there are “really quite serious concerns, even concerns about potential for grooming, keeping secrets Read more

Pope regrets decision he made about sexual abuse case Comments 2

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Pope Francis has told the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors he has been learning “on the job” better ways to handle priests found guilty of abuse. He admitted this during his first face-to-face discussion with the Commission on September 21. The Pope said he has come to regret agreeing to a more lenient Read more

A challenge at election time: Pope says pray for all leaders Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Pope Francis recently asked his congregation for a favour. Make an examination of conscience and ask yourself if you pray for your leaders. Not just the ones you like, but all leaders. “And if you find in your examination of conscience that you have not prayed for your leaders, bring it to confession. Because not Read more

Synod ’17: “Haere, tukuna – Go, you are sent” Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

How can our faith communities respond to Synod ’17’s command “haere, tukuna – go, you are sent”? This was the question 350 Catholics from the Wellington Archdiocese explored last weekend at Synod ’17. The weekend – a culmination of months of prayer, planning, discussion, submissions, inspiration and hard work – was an inclusive and culturally Read more