News Shorts

Holy See – too much diplomacy, too little faith Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong says the Holy See’s diplomacy seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking “to sell out the faithful Church”. Zen’s comments were made during Mass in his homily, where he recalled Fr. Wei Heping (Yu Heping), who died two years ago in mysterious and Read more

St Vincent de Paul helping reduce waste sent to landfill Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Wellington op shop is taking the classic “reduce, reuse and recycle” message one step further in an effort to bring its textile waste down to zero. Caroline O’Reilly, the new textile recycling coordinator at St Vincent de Paul in Kilbirnie, is helping reduce the amount of waste the store sends to landfill by repurposing Read more

Mosque renamed Mary, Mother of Jesus Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A mosque in the c has been renamed “Mary, Mother of Jesus”. The new name was ordered by Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirate armed forces. He ordered the mosque be renamed to “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions.” Read Read more

Character building a former convent Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Constructed as a convent in the 1950s and later home to a legal practice – a landmark Papakura building is to go under the hammer as part of Bayleys’ final Total Property auction for 2017. The 296sq m, two-level building, on a large (1012sq m) site at 53 Wood St is for sale with vacant Read more

Priest negotiating between Mugabe and army Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The priest negotiating between Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday, Father Fidelis Mukonori, is having his work cut out to broker Mugabe’s graceful exit from his presidential role. The army is targeting an operation against “criminals” in his entourage, a senior political source claims. Read more

Principal: Schools being asked to perform role of parents Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Dunedin school principal is increasingly concerned by the social expectations imposed on schools – and says some parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s actions. During the recent King’s High School senior prizegiving, rector Dan Reddiex praised his present cohort of pupils for their outstanding achievements during the year but went on Read more

Lamborghini gives Pope special edition Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The new Lamborghini given to the Pope is set to raise money. He’s going to auction the special edition Huracan and donate the proceeds to charity. The proceeds will go to rebuilding Christian communities in Iraq. Read more

Students at St Joseph’s in Mt Isa find link to NZ war veteran Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

In Mount Isa, four  Y5 students at St Joseph’s school have prepared a Remembrance Day tribute to a Kiwi First World War veteran. Ryan Philp, Eric Asomah, Dean Brien and Pratik Seegoolan participated in the 2017 Graves Project researching the lives and service histories of veterans buried in Mount Isa.  Continue reading

Mother, father not PC Comments 1

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Mother, father – they used to be ok – but they will no longer be included on school enrolment forms at at Catholic primary school in London. The school was ordered to revise its admission forms after a parent objected the terms “mother” and “father” discriminated against separated, step or gay parents. Read more

Gang member ditches Mob for Destiny Church Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

A former Mongrel Mob member has gone viral after posting a video removing his gang patch and replacing it with a Destiny Church Tu Tangata Man Up t-shirt. In a post on Facebook, the former Mob member and a friend are seen talking to the camera telling viewers it is “time to make changes” and Read more