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Pope Francis gets a new popemobile Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Groupe Renault gifted Pope Francis a Dacia Duster 4×4 “modified specifically for the mobility needs of the Sovereign Pontiff,” to use as a popemobile. The adapted version has five seats and a “particularly comfortable” rear bench, a large sunroof, roof-mounted grab handles and a removable glass superstructure. The popemobile suspension has been lowered by 30mm to Read more

Three couples choose to have a ‘pop-up’ wedding Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Three couples took advantage of an opportunity for a pop-up wedding, organised by event manager and marriage celebrant Tryphena Cracknell in Havelock North. She said it was cheaper for people, as three couples were covering the cost of the venue and other hire fees, but it still allows people to have a beautiful wedding. “It’s Read more

Nimbys oppose Erebus park memorial: ‘You don’t drink a glass of wine next to a grave’ Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

A group of Parnell residents are trying to kibosh plans for an Erebus memorial in their local park because it would make them sad at a place they want to drink wine and climb trees, and would ruin the look of the area. Some victims’ families are horrified and say the ‘nimbys’ have lost sight Read more

Should Catholics consume artificial meat on abstinence days? Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

For Catholics 14 years or older, abstinence from meat is called for on certain days of the liturgical year. So what is a faithful Catholic to do in the age of artificial meat products such as Burger King’s so-called “Impossible Whopper”? Is it permissible to consume these items and still hold to the Church’s laws Read more

A church built a huge baby Jesus statue – Looks like Phil Collins Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

A church in Zacatecas, Mexico, commissioned what it calls the largest statue of baby Jesus in the world. This towering, nearly 22-foot statue of the Son of God that presides over the Parish of the Epiphany of the Lord looks like Phil Collins. Read more

Pet service blesses all creatures great and small Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Nelson Cathedral pews made way for paws as a pet service welcomed all things bright and beautiful. Dogs dominated the furry friends at the Sunday morning service where all animals were invited, but other four-legged friends included guinea pigs and cats. The one hour of worship had a theme of animals with many hymns, Read more

Israel Folau links Australian bush fires to same-sex marriage Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

In his latest sermon, Israel Folau has linked the bush fires and drought which have ravaged NSW and Queensland to same-sex marriage and abortion legislation. During the 10-minute recording, the 30-year-old says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no coincidence but only a taste of God’s judgment should nothing change. Read more

How many coins get thrown into the Trevi Fountain? Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

On average, the value of coins thrown into the Trevi fountain in Rome is about €2500 (about NZ$4346) That’s per day. Toss in a coin, so the story goes, and you’ll return to bella Roma The tradition of tossing a coin into the fountain goes back to time immemorial, later embedded in the 1950s film Three Coins Read more

‘Bone church’ forces us to stare mortality in the face Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The crypt chapel in the Church of Holy Mary of the Conception in Rome is composed completely of human bones, hanging lanterns and all. While the chapel is some “weird Catholic stuff,” to say the least, it does present a pressing and unavoidable lesson: that our lives are short and that we are all going Read more

Stratford church’s Dr Seuss light party draws a large crowd Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

There were cats in the hats, Whos from Whoville and maybe even some green eggs and ham at the Dr Seuss-themed Light Party at the War Memorial Centre on Thursday night. The light party was organised by Stratford’s MountainView Vineyard Church as a family-friendly alternative to Halloween. Continue reading