New Zealand

NZ women support call for female Catholic bishop of Lyon Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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Several New Zealand women have signed a 17,000+ person petition joining Anne Soupa’s campaign to become the next Bishop of Lyon. Calling themselves ‘Be the Change’, the group of men and women say their mission is to promote the inclusion of women in leadership of the Catholic Church. “As a sign of our support for Read more

No Masses in Wellington this weekend Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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The Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, in a letter to parish leaders has announced that he has suspended all masses and parish activities which involve gatherings until 18 August. “This means there will be no Masses this weekend, and the dispensation from the Sunday obligation is in place.” The dispensation also applies to the Read more

Eucharist being turned into ‘just a commodity’ Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

The Catholic Church is selling “the Eucharist” and people short and is making a mistake by turning Mass into a YouTube experience. The comments are from Thomas O’Loughlin, emeritus professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham and Director of Studia Traditionis Theologiae. “There are some things Zoom and YouTube just won’t do because Read more

Temuka Catholic church granted $25,000 to restore 137-year-old stained-glass windows Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A 141-year-old Temuka church has been granted $25,000 to restore 31 stained-glass windows donated by its original parishioners. The restoration of the 137-year-old windows is part of a more than $2 million project to upgrade and earthquake-strengthen St Joseph’s Catholic Church that was built with limestone taken from Opihi River in 1879 and damaged in Read more

Christian denied refugee status in NZ despite fear of harm in China Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A Chinese man who became a Christian after surviving a four-storey fall has been denied refugee status in New Zealand despite fears of serious harm if he returns to his home country. He became more interested in Christianity after his arrival. In June 2018 while in the country unlawfully, a friend said he should apply Read more

Migrant exploitation in a liquor store near you Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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It is estimated that 40 per cent of workers in liquor stores are paid below the minimum wage. Alcohol activists alarmed by the tide of migrant exploitation cases in liquor stores are demanding an urgent government inquiry. Community lawyer Grant Hewison, who specialises in liquor licence applications, and a former barrister and Alliance MP Liz Read more

Lebanon: Caritas helping amidst apocalyptic scenes Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand announced on Friday that it will provide urgently needed funding for Lebanon amidst apocalyptic scenes from a massive explosion in the port of Beirut yesterday. Caritas is one of at least sixteen Catholic organizations that have responded to the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut’s port. As victims in Beirut face an Read more

State-integrated schools give you best bangs for your bucks Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Parents who are saving up to get their child into a private school should be aware that state-integrated schools might give them better bangs for their bucks. This the conclusion policy analyst Joel Hernandez comes to in a report he prepared for The New Zealand Initiative. Many parents want their kids to go to private Read more

Sex workers disagree over Kiwibank’s principled stand Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Kiwibank’s initial plans to blacklist the adult entertainment industry ran into opposition from the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, but the bank is being urged to stick to its guns by Wahine Toa Rising – a new trans-Tasman group set up by ex-sex workers. Read more

Former Exclusive Brethren members hit with dawn raids, legal suits after speaking out Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

On June 30 Braden Simmons attended an informal session with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. Eleven days later, two lawyers, a private investigator and a forensic expert showed up at Simmons’ Mangere Bridge home just before dawn. They had a court order to search every electronic device in his home. The Read more