Posts Tagged ‘conference’

Auckland liturgy conference postponed

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

The Worshipping Under Southern Skies 2020 conference, scheduled to be held in Auckland in early October this year, has been postponed for a year because of uncertainty over Covid-19 restrictions. The conference, which had a theme of “Weaving together Liturgy and Life”, was scheduled to be held at Auckland’s Baradene College on October 1-3, 2020. Read more

Shaping the Mission conference postponed because of Covid-19

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The Takirua 2020: Shaping the Mission conference planned for Wellington from 24 to 26 April has been postponed till later this year because of uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The decision to postpone has been made before setting a new date, to provide clarity and certainty for people around the April dates in the face Read more

Candidate Bernie Sanders briefly meets Pope at Vatican

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

US presidential contender Bernie Sanders briefly met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday. The five-minute meeting took place in the foyer at the Pope’s residence at the Vatican. Pope Francis later referred to the meeting as “a matter of politeness”. The Pope added “ . . . and if anybody thinks that greeting somebody Read more

Vatican conference hopes to topple just war theory

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Participants in a Vatican conference are hoping to see just war theory dislodged as a leading framework for Catholic response to violence. Eighty experts engaged in global non-violent struggles have gathered this week to develop a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications for war. They also hope Pope Francis’s next excyclical will be on Read more

US presidential hopeful going to Vatican conference

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

A Democratic contender for the US presidency, Bernie Sanders, is going to the Vatican to speak in a conference on economics. But how this came about has become a point of contention. While the US senator said he accepted a Vatican invitation, one of the conference’s organisers said that his campaign had lobbied for his Read more

Pope appeals for world abolition of death penalty

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Pope Francis has appealed for an international consensus to abolish the death penalty. Speaking at St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope said “Thou shalt not kill applies to the guilty as well as the innocent”. The Pontiff said the commandment has “absolute value”. He asked politicians around the world to “make a courageous and Read more

Aust prelate stops MP’s speech at Catholic conference

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Melbourne’s archbishop has stopped a speech by an Australian MP at a Catholic conference because the speaker supports same-sex marriage. Archbishop Denis Hart intervened to cancel a planned keynote speech by MP Cathy McGowan at a Catholic Social Services Victoria conference this month. The reason given was that her views are contrary to Church teachings. Read more

Vatican invites Naomi Klein to front climate conference

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The Vatican has invited social activist Naomi Klein to help lead a high level conference on the environment later this week. Ms Klein, who campaigns for an overhaul of the global financial system to tackle climate change, will take centre stage at the conference alongside Cardinal Peter Turkson. The cardinal is president of the Pontifical Read more

Vatican promotes adult stem-cell research as ethical

Friday, April 19th, 2013

In a bid to educate the public about the promises offered by adult stem-cell therapies, the Catholic Church has brought together scientists, politicians, Church leaders, students and journalists at a conference in the Vatican. The Church is promoting adult stem-cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem-cell research, which requires the destruction Read more

Pontifical university will study Downton Abbey dad

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey will be among television’s father figures to be studied at an academic conference sponsored by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in the new year. The conference will be called conference “The Figure of the Father in Television Series”, and it will feature speakers comparing how British and American Read more