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Five reasons to vote “no” in euthanasia referendum Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Next year New Zealanders will vote in a referendum on whether euthanasia should be legalised after a long-fought bill passed 69 to 51 in parliament on Wednesday. If endorsed by the public in a referendum the new law will allow those who are terminally ill to request assisted dying. Earlier in the day Stuff published an opinion Read more

Māori Council wants Pope to apologise for colonisation of NZ Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019
doctrine of discovery

The executive director of the Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has written to Pope Francis, calling for “an accounting of the trauma” the Vatican has caused and a repudiation of the doctrine of discovery. While not addressing the colonisation of Aotearoa specifically, popes have on several occasions repudiated and apologised for the doctrine of discovery going Read more

Carmelite sister turned cyber-sleuth attracts world-wide attention Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
stolen statues

American and British publications, including Britain’s Daily Express and New York’s Daily News, have been chasing the story of sister Johanna Penn after the Carmelite sister turned amateur sleuth to recover two stolen statues. A large statue of the Sacred Heart along with a Little Infant of Prague statue, were seen being carried out of Read more

Christchurch Catholic diocese buys central city properties Comments 0

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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The Christchurch Catholic diocese has spent more than $15 million on several blocks of riverside Christchurch land. The purchases are likely to be the first stakes in a larger site for a complex which may include a new cathedral. Property and company records reveal the Catholic diocese has bought 10 vacant properties in the central city block bordered by Read more

New Zealand bishops meet Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
ad limina

The New Zealand Catholic bishops met Pope Francis for an 80-minute private audience in the Vatican on Monday 28 October during their Ad Limina visit to Rome. Pope Francis told the bishops to raise any topic and be free with their comments, said Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton, secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference. Read more

End of Life Choice referendum: no simple yes-no answer possible Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
referendum

On Wednesday night, New Zealand’s Parliament voted by a 63 to 57 majority in favour of amending David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill to make its acceptance conditional on a binding referendum. With the acceptance of the amendment requiring a referendum, the Bill is likely to pass the third reading in November. However, it Read more

Is there a need to changes rules on gene editing? Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019

In 2015 some scientists in China performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could make changes in a gene known as HBB, which causes the sometimes fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia. Their work has been widely condemned by other scientists and watchdog groups, who argue the research is unsafe, premature Read more

ASA: No grounds for complaint about pro-life billboard Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
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The NZ Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint by Terry Bellamak about a pro-life billboard. Bellamak is the head of the Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ (ALRANZ). Bellamak submitted an official complaint calling Voice For Life’s (VFL) billboard (pictured above) on Cuba Street in Wellington “offensive” and claiming that it violated rules around ‘social Read more

Big Sleep Out: Petone highlights homeless Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Big Sleep Out

People living on New Zealand streets are being spotlighted by New Zealand’s Big Sleep Out, hosted, December 7 in Petone. “The homelessness situation (in New Zealand) is a little different to what is happening overseas. “It’s people living in overcrowded houses, cars and garages – not so much people out on the streets (though) there’s plenty of Read more

Jocelyn Franklin served the church in New Zealand for 70 years Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
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Jocelyn Franklin, who died on 3 October aged 93, has been described as a legend in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and indeed throughout the country, having worked tirelessly for the Church for nearly 70 years. She converted to Catholicism at the age of 20 and was chosen by Bishop (later Cardinal) Reginal Delargey in the Read more