Posts Tagged ‘Disadvantaged’

Diocese gets NZ sign language award

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is celebrating its reception of their 2022 NZ Sign Language Employer award. The diocese received the NZ Sign Language Employer Award for including NZ Sign Language at all staff meetings and events and for its inclusive workplace environment and advocacy for the deaf. “The award acknowledges the amazing effort that Read more

Homeless Jesus: responding to those in need

Monday, June 21st, 2021
homeless jesus

Copies of the Homeless Jesus statue have spread around the world in the last eight years. The statue is a life-sized representation of a person lying asleep on a public bench. The image is the creation of Canadian artist and sculptor Tim Schmalz, who specialises in art addressing religious themes. He presents the sleeping figure Read more

‘In drawing close to those ill-treated by life, we are loving Jesus’

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Pope Francis opened Holy Week celebrations the Palm Sunday ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. “For the second time we are living in the context of the pandemic. “Last year we were more shocked, this year we are more tried, and the economic crisis has become heavier,” he said after reciting the Angelus at the end Read more

Focus on what is necessary rather than pious denials

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Social Development Goals

A New Zealand religious leader is calling on members of his congregation to focus on what is necessary for life rather than being caught up with pious denials; particularly during Lent. He says he was cheered by a recent reading at Mass where a group is bewailing the fact that their “good deeds” go unnoticed Read more

Disadvantaged and homeless dine at Vatican with Pope Francis

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Pope Francis, Sunday, marked the Church’s World Day of the Poor by hosting 1,500 homeless and disadvantaged people for lunch. The menu included lasagna, chicken in a cream of mushroom sauce, potatoes, sweets, fruit and coffee. Some 150 tables were set up in a Vatican hall where Francis normally holds his weekly indoor audiences with Read more

1 in 100 New Zealanders homeless; it could be getting worse

Monday, September 24th, 2018

An estimated one in 100 New Zealanders are homeless with 24 per cent of the total homeless population being children and there are warnings this number could be higher. According to 2013 census data, which was collated by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Dr Kate Amore in her Severe Housing Deprivation in New Zealand study, Read more

Capital gains tax will hit the vulnerable

Monday, September 17th, 2018
capital gains tax

The Tax Working Group chaired by Sir Michael Cullen is due to produce its interim report this month. This will consider the issue of whether New Zealand should continue not to tax most capital gains (tax the fruit from the tree, but not any growth in the tree that bears the fruit). The Labour Party, Read more

Francis installed as Pope: Ultimate power is service of the weak

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

An estimated 200,000 crammed St Peter’s Square and environs on Tuesday to participate in Pope Francis’ inauguration Mass. Before Mass, Pope Francis toured St. Peter’s Square unprotected in a simple open white jeep, stopping frequently to greet those in the sprawling square, kissing babies and getting out at one point to bless a disabled person. The Read more

The moral imperative to effectively address climate change

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Effectively addressing climate change is a moral imperative according to the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The Vatican body has listed numerous examples of glacial decline around the world and the evidence linking that decline to human-caused changes in climate and air pollution. “The widespread loss of ice and snow in the world’s mountain glaciers Read more