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Dominicans elect new master, first ever from Asia Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Dominicans, one of the most prominent religious orders in the Catholic Church, have elected the first Asian leader in their 800-year history. Fr Gerard Timoner OP, who comes from the Philippines, was chosen as the 88th Master of the Order of Preachers on 13 July 2019. The election took place during a gathering of Read more

Legalising marijuana just asking for trouble says long serving Headmaster Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

A Catholic secondary school headmaster is opposed to the legalising marijuana referendum due to be held at the 2020 General Election. St Paul’s College, Ponsonby, headmaster Kieran Fouhy said that legalising cannabis, when New Zealand already has an issue with alcohol, is just asking for trouble. Continue reading in NZCatholic

Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

A group of Mercy sisters has been honored by the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty for the key role they played in making New Hampshire the 21st state in the country to abolish the death penalty. Sisters Eileen Brady, Mary Ellen Foley and Madonna Moran received the recognition on behalf of their community Read more

Buddhist women’s association hold first post-#MeToo conference Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women hosted its 16th conference in late June, gathering over 800 Buddhist nuns and laywomen from 29 countries in the city of Blue Mountains, Australia. They were returning for the first time since the #MeToo movement started making headlines and marking the first time the event was held outside Read more

World Cup Cricket: Allah was with us Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

When Irish-born England captain Eoin Morgan was asked by a reporter whether the ‘luck of the Irish’ had helped the team win the World Cup, he responded: “We had Allah with us. I spoke to Aadil he said Allah is definitely with us.” Adil Rashid is one of two Muslims in the team. The world Read more

Christchurch Mosque survivor addresses religious freedom summit Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Farid Ahmed, a survivor of an attack on his mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand spoke at the opening of the US State Department’s second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Tuesday (July 16). He emotionally recalled having to go home after the March 15 mass shooting and tell his daughter that her mother would no Read more

Twitter moves to curb hate speech based on religion Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Twitter is moving to filter out inappropriate content based on religion as part of its effort to curb hate speech. In a policy update on Tuesday, Twitter said it would take down “dehumanising language” that targets specific religious groups. Examples of the type of language that would be removed would be the description of a Read more

$3m grant for NZ’s first 100% recycled plastic food packaging Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The government is investing $3 million in the creation of New Zealand’s first 100 percent recycled plastic food packaging range. Ms Sage said recycling plastics for food containers was part of an effective response to China’s National Sword policy that restricted the amount of waste imports it accepted. Read more

Venezuela bishops: ‘the nation needs a change of direction now’ Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

In order to begin to reverse the dramatic situation in which Venezuela finds itself, the Venezuelan bishops claim a political change of direction is urgently needed. “Faced with the reality of an illegitimate and bankrupt government,” Venezuela is crying for “a change of direction, a return to the Constitution,” they say. A message issued at Read more

Māori students: education system broken, Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Educators need to throw out a “broken system” that has repeatedly been shown to fail Māori learners, a former principal says. Keri Milne-Ihimaera was the principal of Moerewa School in Northland for 10 years. For two of those years, the school was under statutory intervention, governed by a commissioner brought in by the Ministry of Read more