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Kids in cages: You can help Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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New Zealanders tend to think there is little they can do about the detention of “kids in cages” on the southern borders of the United States. “But there’s actually a bunch of things you can do, even from here. We need not feel powerless,” says Thalia Kehoe Rowden writing in The Spinoff. “Here are some Read more

Young adults don’t feel at home in many church communities Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019
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“Young people don’t feel particularly welcome” in many church communities, says Isabella McCafferty. She said young people are looking for an encounter with each other, with the church and with the sacraments, in ways that are relevant for them. It requires a willingness to “interlink with each other more and hold each other up.” McCafferty Read more

A beautiful study of Jean Vanier and L’Arche Comments 0

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
summer in the forest

Jean Vanier who died earlier this year features a documentary being screened in New Zealand this month. Summer in the Forest Summer is a beautiful and moving study of this extraordinary man and the organisation he founded. Vanier founded L’Arche, a community based outside of Paris for individuals with developmental disabilities, in the 1960s. His goal Read more

Life a process of becoming; it never ends Comments 0

Monday, July 8th, 2019
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The emeritus bishop of Palmerston North, Peter Cullinane, has written a letter to senior secondary school students. Entitled It’s All About Becoming, Cullinane says the letter is aimed at closing the gap that often exists between Church language and people’s lived experience. He believes it is easier for young people to experience the wonder and Read more

Mary Potter – the first hospice in NZ celebrates 40 years Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019
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The first hospice to be established in New Zealand, Mary Potter hospice, this week celebrates its 40th anniversary. It was established by the Little Company of Mary to provide free-of-charge palliative care to the people of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti. Sister Margaret Lancaster, pictured above, helped establish Mary Potter Hospice 40 years ago. She remains Read more

CathNews editor celebrates 50 years of priesthood Comments 0

Monday, July 1st, 2019

CathNews editor, Fr Denis O’Hagan SM, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination this last weekend. At a social occasion on Saturday night, Denis O’Hagan said he didn’t remember much of his ordination day. One thing he however remembered was his cousin, at one point an undertaker, saying, “Just let me know if you need Read more

End of Life Choice Bill – the real fight is still to come Comments 0

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
end of life choice bill

On Wednesday evening David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill passed the second reading stage by 70 votes to 50; 9 votes more than the 61 votes required. It was a slimmer margin than the one achieved at first reading in December 2017. The vote then was 76 to 44. While the vote appears decisive with Read more

More than 1000 doctors sign letter against ‘assisted suicide’ Bill Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Care Alliance, a charity which opposes physician-assisted euthanasia, has taken out a full-page advertisement in the New Zealand Herald. The letter has been signed by 1061 doctors, of the 17,000 registered doctors in New Zealand. Medical Association chair Dr Kate Baddock agreeds with the letter and the majority of their more than 5000 members oppose Read more

Big purple van takes on the rip-off merchants Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
the good shop

In South Auckland, the Salvation Army is running a mobile shop in a big purple van. The Good Shop is an attempt to disrupt the fleet of mobile shops that cruise low-income areas selling overpriced goods and offering loans at extortionate rates of interest. People with disabilities or a lack of transport are commonly targeted by Read more

Jean Vanier honoured at Christchurch service Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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On Saturday 8 June, over 100 people joined with L’Arche (Kapiti), Mount Tabor (Auckland), Marralomeda (Christchurch) and Faith & Light communities to honour the memory of Jean Vanier who died in Paris on 7 May. Participants in the service included people from all Christian faiths with and without intellectual disability. A joyous atmosphere prevailed as Read more