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The lid is coming off the can of nuclear waste Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has recently toured the South Pacific to discuss climate change. In Fiji last week, he told a crowd about “a kind of coffin” built by the US in the Marshall Islands to house the deadly radioactive debris from the 1980s. The “coffin” is the product of a belated American response to Read more

Euthanasia poll shows Kiwis evenly split over bill Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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A survey commissioned by Euthanasia-Free NZ and conducted by Curia Market Research (CMR), indicates the gap in public opinion between those who support and oppose the End of Life Choice Bill was narrowing. The survey results are based on 1048 responses. When questioned about specific aspects of euthanasia the poll found: 73 per cent were opposed Read more

Pope’s sexual abuse reporting rules will be ‘fully implemented’ in NZ Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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The president of the NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Patrick Dunn, has told the New Zealand Herald that the Motu Proprio on the reporting of sexual abuse cases will be studied to make sure that the recommendations it contains are fully implemented. On 9 May Pope Francis issued the Motu Proprio making it mandatory for priests and Read more

Marriage rate used to be 45.5 per 1000, now it’s 10.8 Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019
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The marriage rate for New Zealand residents fell last year to its lowest since the peak in 1971. While the number of marriages and civil unions among residents has been steady at around 21,000 per annum for the last 20 years, a rising population means that the number per capita has been on a steady Read more

Academic success attributed to cellphone ban Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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Top academic success at St Joseph’s Māori Girls College is being put down to a cellphone ban. This year the college features in the 2018 top 10 schools achieving University Entrance. With 66% of students boarders, the Hawkes Bay school’s policy is strict. “Literally they [the cellphones] are taken off them and not given back”, Read more

Students query Vatican’s astronomer about his faith Comments 0

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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“The Church loves science. To be close to the universe is to be close to God” says Brother Guy Consolmagno,​ director of the Vatican Observatory. He has been visiting New Zealand on a lecture tour been sponsored by Catholic Discovery (formerly the Catholic Enquiry Centre). Consolmagno made this remark after students at Hamilton’s St John College challenged him Read more

Church tackles housing crisis by building eco social housing Comments 0

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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A church in Gisborne is tackling its local housing shortage. It is the driving force behind a plan to build module eco homes for families in need. The Ahuru Mowai Housing Project has the twofold aim of increasing ownership of energy-efficient homes and boosting employment. Ahuru Mowai plans to build seven module homes in Ida Read more

Speak out: terrorists must not dictate interfaith relationships Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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The vicar general of the Auckland diocese, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, told a gathering in Auckland to speak out when terrorist attacks occur. He was giving the homily at a service to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. “Speak out and be very clear that the extremists and the terrorists do Read more

Notre Dame a picture of the Church’s collapse Comments 0

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

As fire devastates the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the building is as much a symbol of the recent history of the Catholic Church in Europe as it once was a symbol of the Church’s power and cultural supremacy. The church had been in disrepair for decades. Calls for its restoration went mostly ignored Read more

It is not just about buildings – it is about mission Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019
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The Archbishop of Wellington cardinal John Dew wants to go further than just combining parishes and reducing the number of church buildings. He is calling for a more mission-focused church. In an extended interview, posted on Stuff about two recent memos he has recently circulated, Dew said there should be “fewer conversations about ‘the colour Read more