New Zealand

COVID-19: Spirituality a fundamental part of wellbeing Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

The Salvation Army is concerned that the Government’s Health Response Bill, designed to empower police to deal with breaches of Covid-19 alert level 2 rules, does not consider spiritual wellbeing alongside physical wellbeing. The Army considers Sunday church services an ‘essential service’, as they offer spiritual health; a vital component of wellbeing. They say that Read more

Where’s the Beef? Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

“Where’s the beef?” is a catchphrase phrase that originated as a slogan for a fast-food chain. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event or product. Some are asking where’s the beef in the contention that religious events are riskier than other social occasions? There is no clear Read more

If there are weaknesses tell us what they are say religious leaders Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Two of New Zealand’s religious leaders agree that the progress made in getting on to of SARS-CoV-2 should not be put at risk. But they are asking the government to just let them know about any perceived weaknesses in the practice of religion so that they can fix them. The president of the New Zealand Read more

Homeless need permanent homes, builders need work Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Community housing providers are calling on the Government to support both the homeless and the construction sector with permanent housing for the thousands of homeless. Bernie Smith, chief executive of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, says the Government had spent massive amounts on getting people into emergency housing or motels before the Covid-19 crisis. Read more

Caritas announces competition winners Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Catholic agency for justice and peace, is proud to announce the winners and finalists of the 2020 Kaitiaki2Share creative competition. Kaitiaki2Share encourages New Zealand students of all ages to consider how we can care for all creation, both people and the environment. Students were asked to send in a creative Read more

Catholic agencies: Budget gets a small tick Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Caritas the Catholic Justice and Peace Agency, welcomed the 2020 Budget, saying it provides a foundation of hope on which we can build a fairer society in which all can flourish. The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland says that while the Government has made an encouraging effort to meet the Read more

Beating COVID-19 is just the beginning Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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As we have united against the coronavirus threat, let us also work together against climate change and all threats to healthy human life on this planet, we can grow through this crisis and build a better world together says  Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand  Director, Julianne Hickey. To mark 5th anniversary of the publication of the Read more

Bloomfield won’t budge – but why? Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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In his Monday press conference, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, addressed the concern that has been expressed over the weekend by church leaders and others about church gatherings still being capped at a maximum of 10 people. Bloomfield defended limits on the size of faith-based gatherings. Allowing churches to have larger gatherings was Read more

Modern twist to traditional site blessing for Christ Church Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

It was a poignant moment for the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project to be able to bless workers and the Cathedral site ahead of its first physical work. Due to COVID-19, the country is still under physical distancing restrictions, so only a few people were permitted on the site. In a first for the project Read more

Open Letter From Simon Bridges To Jacinda Ardern Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The leader of the opposition Simon Bridges has sent an open letter to the prime minister. It begins: I write to you on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who practice many different faiths and religions, who continue to be unable to gather in any meaningful way for worship this weekend because Read more