Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

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

Missionaries told to respect local culture Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Pope Francis, Saturday, told members of Neocatechumenal Way to pay attention to cultural differences when they go about missionary work. He said the Catholic Church’s overall unity is more important than the details of their own practices. Pope Francis also told the groups they are also to respect the authority and guidance of local bishops. The Neocatechumenate’s religious Read more

PNG Evangelical church leader supports removal of carvings Comments 0

Friday, December 20th, 2013

An evangelical church leader in Papua New Guinea says people will in time realise that the Speaker of Parliament was right to remove carved wooden heads at the tops of totem poles from Parliament House. Joseph Walters, a prominent evangelical church leader in Papua New Guinea, says the Speaker did the right thing, and there Read more

The Gospel, joy, and young people Comments 0

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Since reading Pope Francis’ new document, The Joy of the Gospel, I have a huge amount of hope for the future of the Church’s work with the young. It raises many points that would mean, if we do it right, we’re much more open, available and welcoming to young people. While I think the Pope’s Read more

Discussion on honouring the dead harmoniously Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

How the dead should be honoured and the role of funeral directors are just some of the issues being raised at hui to discuss changes to burial and cremation legislation, The Law Commission says. A number of themes are emerging at the hui, such as which urupa the person should be buried in and how Read more

Keep the good throw the bad of culture, SI and PNG Assembly says Comments 0

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The Second General Assembly of the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands devoted the third full day of works to the themes of Evangelization and Inculturation. Bishop Otto Separi of Aitape connected his reflection with the Synod on the New Evangelization last year in Rome of which he was a member. Fr. Read more

Prayer is “not a religious thing” says headmaster Comments 1

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Kelston Intermediate principal Phil Gordon says the prayers (karakia) said at his school are “not a religious thing but a cultural thing.” Prime Minister, John Key says teachers in schools should be able to opt-out of delivering a karakia in schools if they wanted to. Maori Affairs Minster, Pita Sharples. says because there are a lot of Read more

Rugby really is a religion – so why don’t academics take rugby seriously? Comments 1

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Sociologist Mike Grimshaw who studies both sport and religion, says rugby is like a religion in its rituals, cultures and behaviour and, like religion, can teach us plenty about ourselves. But he believes he is a rarity as an academic who has played and loves the game (he has a Crusaders season ticket) and also Read more

Cross-cultural news coverage suffers in re-invention of media Comments 0

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The pressure of slashed media budgets, faster news schedules and attempts by Governments to control the flow of information is making it harder for journalists to do their job – truth-seeking and truth telling. And that isn’t good for cross-cultural news coverage, says Professor Mark Pearson. Continue reading   Related Posts:Biased coverage of Syria’s six-year Read more

Pacific cultural beliefs can infringe human rights – UN official Comments 1

Friday, July 13th, 2012

A United Nations official says Pacific nations need to make sure cultural beliefs are not infringing human rights. The UN Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed, is in the Pacific to attend the first ever Pacific Cultural Rights Symposium in the Solomon Islands. Ms Shaheed says the Pacific is not a region she is Read more