Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Catholic culture and the Nativity scene at the Vatican Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

ROME – Just as with department store windows in the United States, reminders in Rome that Christmas is coming seem to start popping up earlier and earlier ever year. Of course Italians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but it’s worth pointing out that Turkey Day just happened and it feels like Christmas season is here. This week, Read more

Pope slams culture of ‘perfect’ people shunning disabled Comments 0

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Pope Francis has decried the obsession with perfect bodies, saying it leads society to hide the disabled to avoid offending the privileged. In a homily at a Mass at St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the Jubilee of the Sick and Disabled, the Pope called for mutual solidarity and acceptance. Francis criticised the modern “objections” Read more

Education from a Māori point of view Comments 0

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

A book by the educator and anthropologist Dame Joan Metge was launched at the University of Auckland last week. Tauira – a word that in te reo (the Maori language) illuminatingly means both student and teacher introduces readers to Māori methods of teaching and learning. Tauira is based on extensive interviews with 25 Maori people in Read more

Churches sponsor financial literacy course for Pasifika people Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

A new cultural approach to teaching Pasifika families how to get out of debt and be smarter with their finances is about to be trialled at two Auckland churches. The financial literacy programmes which began in October are being delivered bi-lingually, taking into account cultural values and obligations that impact financial decisions for Pacific people. Read more

Samoa’s NCC says abandoning babies not part of culture Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The Chairman of Samoa’s National Council of Churches, (NCC) Deacon Le’aupepe Kasiano, has challenged suggestions that abandoning babies is part of the Samoan culture. The suggestion has been made following the incident in Australia where a Samoan woman has been charged for abandoning her baby in a drain. She is the 30 year old daughter Read more

Prelate tells family synod modern Africa won’t be dictated to Comments 3

Friday, October 10th, 2014

A Nigerian archbishop has told the synod on the family that no-one should try to impose foreign cultures and ways on African peoples. Africans “have come of age”, said Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, who is president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference. “We should be allowed to think for ourselves,” he said, noting that many African countries Read more

Nun’s headresses OK – Indian headdresses not Comments 0

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Go to any event these days and your are sure to find some one dressed up as 1950s nun or sporting gear based on some kind of religious attire. No self respecting party hire business can afford to not have a big stock of false nun’s habits for hire . So, “What’s the fuss about Dame Read more

Honouring our roots: Why the Church in NZ needs a culture shift Comments 4

Friday, June 13th, 2014

“It is as Maori that the Lord calls you, it is as Maori that you belong to the Church, the one body of Christ.” These were the words of Pope St John Paul II on his visit to our shores in 1986. His words were powerful then and are just as powerful now because in Read more

Place of women in powhiri and parliament Comments 0

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Student Tyler Dixon is used to being asked about women’s place on the marae. Her pakeha friends ask if the traditional role of women in the powhiri is sexist. “I just try to explain that females have their own type of mana. Traditionally Maori really revered their women, and looked after their women, and I Read more

The Pope tweets, the Internet freaks Comments 0

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The remarkable thing about Francis is not that he’s fundamentally changing the theology of the Church, nor that he’s carving out a space for the pope as a heavyweight in the economics public sphere. It’s that he’s consistently able to match the themes that animate his spirituality and faith with issues that people around the Read more