Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Māori are more likely to die from COVID-19 than other New Zealanders Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The risk of dying from COVID-19 is at least 50% higher for Māori than New Zealanders from European backgrounds, according to our study published 4 September 2020. Māori and Pacific populations are historically at greater risk of hospitalisation and death from pandemics. During the 2009 influenza pandemic, the rate of infection for Māori was twice Read more

Francis unmasked Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The pope’s mask became the subject of media attention during his first major public audience since lockdown. After wearing a protective face mask in the car on the way to the 500-strong audience, Francis removed it, touching the mask’s front as he emerged from the vehicle. Maskless, he shook hands with prelates attending the audience. Read more

Science and faith a false dichotomy – God has given us brains Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Wesleyan Methodist minister and media chaplain Frank Ritchie says opposing mass gathering regulations is not a hill on which Christians need to die. He describes the resistance to following the Government’s COVID-19 rules by Murray Watkinson, the leader of Wainoni’s revivalist Celebration Centre and other Christian leaders as “extremely sad”. Richie says Watkinson’s posts – Read more

“We have defeated COVID-19 in Cameroon,” bishop says Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

“We have defeated COVID-19 in Cameroon.” Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala made the announcement on September 10 during a press briefing in which he claimed that the herbal potion he concocted several months ago had saved several thousand people from the disease. The 61-year-old prelate, who has headed the Atlantic coastal archdiocese since 2009, has Read more

Most British Catholics will return to church, says survey Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Most British Catholics – 96 percent – will return to worship in a church once the coronavirus (COVID-29) pandemic is over. Results from a new survey say just 4 percent of Catholics in Britain won’t be going back to worship in church. The poll of 2,500 people was conducted by Catholic Voices, a group set Read more

Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship: Backlash frustrates Christian leaders Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship

Christine Fletcher says Christian leaders are feeling frustrated over the backlash against the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship. Fletcher, a former Mayor of Auckland, is an Auckland City Councilor now representing the Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward. She told Newshub the negativity has to stop. “It has been expressed to me [there has been] some frustration by some of Read more

Vatican-based Filipino cardinal tests positive for coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has become the highest-ranking Vatican official known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Vatican said on Friday that Tagle, 63, a Filipino who heads the Vatican’s missionary arm, had tested positive when he arrived in Manila on Thursday. Tagle, who met Pope Francis in a private audience on Read more

Inside the secretive, devout and wealthy Auckland cluster church Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The church at the centre of a coronavirus sub-cluster in Auckland now embroiled in controversy is tight-knit, secretive and highly devout, says a former member. He left the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship with his family several years ago and said the church met most nights for Bible study, did most activities together, and did not Read more

Decline in Vatican tourism forces pope to cutback Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The Vatican tourism revenue has been hit hard by the pandemic. Like other major visitor hotspots, the Vatican is predicting big losses and has had to make cutbacks. The museums (which include the Sistine Chapel) cost about €20 (about $NZ35) to visit. Normally, tens of thousands of people arrive every day, generating millions of dollars Read more

Making family feeling supported the first priority for principal Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The principal of a West Auckland school with a student hit by coronavirus said her priority was to make sure that the affected student and her family “feel completely supported by us.” Anna Swann, the principal of St Dominic’s Catholic College, is strongly urging people not to lay blame on those who are sick after Read more