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Demand doubled for Orange Sky services

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Everyone deserves access to basic hygiene. With 41,600 Kiwis not knowing where they will sleep tonight, and many not having access to a shower or laundry services demand for Orange Sky services has doubled. And, it needs more volunteers. Orange Sky, offers a mobile laundry and hot shower service working on the streets and in Read more

Education pioneer Fr Antoine Garin’s Chapel to be restored

Monday, April 12th, 2021

A tiny earthquake-prone church, Father Garin’s chapel in Nelson’s Wakapuaka Cemetery will be restored – but it’s a long-term project, the Catholic Church says. The building is listed as a category one historic place, with “special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value.” Garin arrived in Nelson in 1850 and worked for nearly 40 Read more

Bereavement law ignores women with post-abortion grief

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Politicians have voted for a new law allowing three days’ bereavement leave where pregnancies end because of miscarriage or stillbirth, but not for women suffering post-abortion grief. Politicians have rejected calls for the leave to be extended to allow support for these women. “We absolutely support this bill but requested that it be extended to Read more

NZ and Australia’s deep concerns about China’s human rights abuses

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Australia and New Zealand have raised deep concerns about human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China. Citing “the growing number of credible reports” of severe violations, both countries’ foreign ministers say the abuses are occurring in the Xinjiang region. The violations include “restrictions on freedom of religion, mass surveillance, large-scale extra-judicial detentions, as well Read more

Abuse survivors want independent redress agency

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Abuse survivors are asking for an independent redress agency for both state and faith-based abuse to be set up immediately. The Royal Commission into Abuse in Care should recommend the government establish such an agency they say. While the Anglican Church told the Royal Commission it is open to the idea, its bishop of Christchurch Read more

Survivors have little hope in churches changing

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
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Survivor groups are not hopeful that the Royal Commission into the Abuse in Care will bring around change in churches. A spokesperson for the Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-Based Institutions, Liz Tonks, told RNZ that “victim-survivors were not hopeful because their experiences of churches is they have not been able to trust them Read more

Court delays hearing over state-integrated schools funding inequity

Monday, March 15th, 2021

A court hearing over state-integrated schools being left out of a $396-million funding package for upgrading state school properties has been delayed for several weeks, reports NZ Catholic. The funding package was announced in late 2019 but applied only to state schools. Last year, state-integrated schools’ proprietors filed papers in the High Court seeking a Read more

Extreme propaganda and religious rhetoric booklet’s mail drop questioned

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

The distribution of what is being described as a book of extreme propaganda and religious rhetoric is causing concern around the country. The book, National Sunday Law by A Jan Marcussen,​ is connected with an independent group of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It is not endorsed by the New Zealand church. Originally published in 1983, Read more

Hostility, extremism and violence are betrayals of religion says Francis

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Pope Francis says his four-day visit to Iraq was a “pilgrimage of peace.” The first Catholic pope to visit Iraq, Francis’s history-making four-day trip began in Baghdad last Friday. His key message stressed peace in Iraq where wars, terrorism and sectarian conflicts have plagued it over several decades. “May there be an end to acts Read more

Learning from liturgical disruption – have your say

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Masses cancelled, funerals with just ten people, marriages postponed, sacramental programmes delayed, no shared chalice, and a new way to exchange the sign of peace, touchless ashes on Ash Wednesday, no ashes on Ash Wednesday are a few of the now-familiar marks of what has been termed a Liturgical Disruption. Add to them, the lengths Read more