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Migrants causing unemployment – Salvation Army say yes PM says no Comments 0

Friday, October 21st, 2016

The Salvation Army says there is persistent unemployment in the  15- to 24-year-old age group and this is related to immigration. It says as a country we need to have a rational and open debate around the role of immigration in New Zealand’s future. In a report, What Next, released this week;the Salvation Army suggests Read more

United Nations new Secretary General against abortion, marriage equality and gay rights Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

United Nations new Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s appointment is not everyone’s choice. The ninth man to lead the UN in its 71-year history has drawn opposition from gay rights and women’s groups. Guterres will replace Ban Ki-moon when he retires at the end of December. The devout Catholic is against abortion, marriage equality and gay Read more

Pro lifers launch a petition to support their right of free speech Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

An online petition has been launched by a pro life group asking the Thames Coromandel District Council to (TCDC) ensure the continued right of citizens to exercise free speech and free assembly. For the last five years, Voice for Life (VFL) has been meeting for an hour on Friday morning outside the Thames Hospital when abortions are Read more

Archbishop John Ribat is named PNG’s first Cardinal Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The archbishop of Port Moresby, Sir John Ribat, is one of 17 new Cardinals named by Pope Francis. Ribat said the appointment came as a surprise as he never thought nor dreamt of it. “If it is the will of God, then may he give me his grace and strength to fulfil this course and carry Read more

NZ Catholic has a new editor Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Michael Otto NZ Catholic editor

NZ Catholic’s new editor is the newspaper’s former associate editor Michael Otto, Bishop Patrick Dunn has announced. Dr Otto has been acting editor at NZ Catholic since early July. A former student of St Patrick’s School in Panmure, in 1981 Otto was Dux of St Peter’s College, Epsom, and went on to study electrical engineering at the University of Auckland, graduating Read more

Honorary Doctorates recognise contribution to community Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

On Saturday 30th September three honorary Doctorates were conferred at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki. They were presented by the World Indigenous Nations University (WINU). For the people of Ōtaki, of particular interest was their own whānau member, Oriwia Raureti (Ngati Raukawa). She is currently the Executive Director of Operations at Te Wānanga. Oriwia has Read more

Nuclear weapons – US bishops and the UN agree Comments 0

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Catholic Bishops in the US support the Comprehensive  [Nuclear Weapons] Test Ban Treaty. Their stance echoes Vatican statements about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and Pope Francis’s concerns. The U.S. bishops’ conference “welcomes the action of the U.N. Security Council …,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, N.M. said. He says the Conference encourages “this important Read more

Mayor Kokshoorn credits good Catholic up bringinging for his success Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Tony Kokshoorn, mayor of the Grey District since 2004 credits his success as a businessman and politician to family, his community and lessons learnt in his Catholic upbringing. “I went to a Marist Brothers school. I was Catholic, I had good morals instilled by my parents and my school and they have stuck with me.” Read more

Cardinal Dew on pilgrimage with 36 Anglican and Catholic bishops Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

For the next two weeks  Cardinal John Dew will be away on an IARCCUM (Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission) Pilgrimage. Cardinal John will first go to Canterbury, in England where he will join the IARCCUM Pilgrims; 36 Anglican and Catholic bishops, representing 19 different regions. The bishops will begin the first leg Read more

Atheist minister on speaking tour of NZ next month Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The Reverend Gretta Vosper, a self described atheist minister and author, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Sea of Faith Conference at Silverstream, near Wellington next month. She will also be speaking also at St Luke’s, Remuera and at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in Wellington. Vosper is the minister of the West Read more