Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19 lockdown’

COVID-19 lockdown measures an “intrusion on civil liberties”

Thursday, May 25th, 2023
COVID-19 lockdown measures

A US Supreme Court Justice has strongly criticised COVID-19 lockdown measures, labelling them as potentially “the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country.” Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (pictured), in a rare personal statement released on 18th May, expressed his concerns regarding the extension of Title 42 restrictions on immigration, Read more

Spirit of resistance: why Destiny Church and other New Zealand Pentecostalists oppose lockdowns and vaccination

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Was anyone surprised when New Zealand’s self-made Apostle Brian Tamaki courted controversy and arrest by participating in two anti-lockdown protests in Auckland recently? Or that during one of these events he declared he would rather live in “dangerous freedom than peaceful slavery” and likened the director-general of health to Hitler? This was, after all, the Read more

Woodville cafe teams up with church to feed elderly after sudden lockdown

Monday, August 30th, 2021

A Woodville cafe caught on the hop by alert level four is teaming up with a local church to make sure its perishable food and prepared meals don’t go to waste. Holy Trinity Anglican Church distributed 26 roast pork meals from Cafe 88 to elderly residents in the town, to help them out during the Read more

Increasing need for meals Compassion Soup Kitchen

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
soup kitchen

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington has added more staff to help meet a 54 percent increase in people needing meals. During the 2020 lockdown, the Soup Kitchen distributed an average of 153 takeaway meals per day. This year the number of takeaway meals began at 190 and by Monday it had risen to 235. Read more

Priest in the running for Britain’s Shed of the Year

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

A priest in the Highlands of Scotland is up against the creators of a bra-fitting boutique and a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-inspired “inventor’s workshop” in Britain’s 2021 Shed of the Year competition. Father Len Black, from Inverness, has made it to the finals with summerhouse The Oratory Of St Joseph. He streamed Mass from the Read more

French Catholics demand Mass during lockdown: bishops disagree

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Catholics demand Mass

A French bishop says people protesting in front of churches demanding they be allowed to attend Mass during lockdown are not taking their share of suffering. Bishop Pierre-Yves Michel of Valence said the protesters were not sending the right signal on behalf of the Church. “The health situation is serious,” he said. “I would prefer Read more

200 travelers turn up at wedding; Priest faces £1,000 fine

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Priest facing a fine

A Catholic priest is facing a fine of £1,000 after 200 guests turned up to a gypsy wedding. Under Covid-19 rules, at the time the legal limit was only 15. Fr Simon Hall of Our Lady of the Angels church in Nuneaton, UK was told by police to expect a summons in the mail. Hall, Read more

Lockdown distresses almost half of young people

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Lockdown affected wellbeing for many people, especially young ones, an Otago University study has found. The study undertaken during lockdown is providing a glimpse into New Zealand’s mental health. Young people in particular found it hard-going. The study results were reported in a research paper,’Psychological distress, anxiety, family violence, suicidality, and wellbeing in New Zealand Read more