Pacific

RFMF says it will stay out of politics but concern remains Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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The Republic of Fiji Military Forces’s (RFMF) assurance that it will accept the results of next year’s election has been welcomed, but there remain concerns about its the RFMF’s impartiality. Since 1987, there have been military three coups in Fiji within a year after elections. In an interview last week, RFMF chief of staff Colonel Read more

Faith-based organisations can help promote the rights of women and children Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Fiji’s Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa,  believes faith-based organisations have a strong impact on the protection of the rights of women and children She has encouraged these organisations to educate their various groups and family members to eliminate social ills and discrimination against women. Vuniwaqa said she is looking to work closely with Read more

Funeral expenses insurance mooted for Samoa Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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There are plans afoot to introduce a Funeral Expenses Insurance plan to Samoa after recent focus group sessions recorded a positive response to the idea. But RNZ’s Samoa corespondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says families are more inclined to be traditional when it comes to funeral costs. “When you talk about a funeral in Samoa, every Samoan Read more

Catholic leaders in West Papua need to speak out on human rights issues ‎ Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

A priest in Jayapura has added his voice to the growing call for the Catholic church to speak out about human rights issues in West Papua. Father Nico Syukur Dister who is is Professor at the Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and Theology in Jayapura accepts there are a variety of opinions on the question Read more

Caritas Aotearoa a voice for the Pacific at UN forum in New York Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017
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Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is making sure the voice of the Pacific is being heard on the world stage. She is in New York to represent Caritas Oceania at a week-long forum convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The forum included a three-day ministerial meeting. The theme Read more

Indonesia: Catholic educators draft guidelines to counter extremism Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017
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Catholic education experts in Indonesia are drafting what they say are new school guidelines to counter growing intolerance and radicalism in classrooms. Father Vinsensius Darmin Mbula, chairman of the National Council of Catholic Education says diversity, pluralism and tolerance need to be taught to children in the family and in school. He said advice would Read more

Vanuatu a Christian nation says new President Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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Vanuatu’s new president Tallis Obed Moses says there is only one religion in the republic and it is Christianity. He said the country’s motto of ‘Long God Yumi Stanap’ simply meant that Vanuatu is a Christian nation. RNZ correspondent said Moses’s stance it falls into line with the Vanuatu Christian Council’s position that the freedom of Read more

Guam – A disaster if Apuron were to returned as bishop Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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“I think that it would be a disaster if Archbishop Apuron were to return as the bishop of record,” Archbishop Byrnes said during a news briefing on  July 6. Byrnes said that he learned from the Notary of Canonical Tribunal in the Vatican that “the discovery period of the trial has ended” and the three Read more

Man says he saw an apparition of Mary in sky over Tonga Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

A Tongan man has taken photographs and a video of what he considers to be a divine apparition. The apparition appeared in the clouds in the shape of Our Lady, but unlike the other clouds, it retained its form for some time. It also glowed more brightly than the other clouds.  Look at the video

Church worker Doug Tennent determined to return to Papua New Guinea Comments 0

Monday, July 10th, 2017
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Doug Tennent who was deported to New Zealand on 12 June says he has intends to get back to Papua New Guinea (PNG) as soon as he can. A new visa application to re-enter Papua New Guinea has been filed, which he hoped would be granted shortly. On Friday the in the Kokopo National Court Read more