Posts Tagged ‘Drugs’

Church may become a cannabis café

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

If the cannabis legislation outlined in parliament this week is approved in next year’s referendum, a heritage church in Christchurch will become a cannabis café. The proposed legislation would legalise the sale and consumption of cannabis at licensed premises. Cookie Time founder Michael Mayell has partnered with Abe Gray, the founder of New Zealand’s first Read more

Spiritual first responders for opid crisis

Monday, November 26th, 2018
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Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. They can be reverends, Read more

Paul McCartney saw God during drug trip

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Former Beatle Paul McCartney believes he once saw God during a drug trip. In an interview with the UK, Sunday Times 76-year-old star said he was “humbled” by the experience. Read more Related Posts:Pope’s September trip schedule shows no post-surgery…Rotorua’s John Paul College orders independent…Vatican ambassador to Iraq has COVID: Concerns mount…Holocaust survivor thanks Pope Read more

Destiny Church turning around the lives of some hard men

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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Destiny Church through its Man Up programme aims to raise better fathers, brothers and sons. The programme has had some success helping hard men to turn their lives around. Here are two examples that have recently received publicity. Paris Winiata was a drug dealer but, after joining Destiny, he stopped taking drugs and has been Read more

Global action in drugs war needed says Vatican

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Global action in the war on drugs is needed, says Monsignor Janusz S. Urbańczyk head of the Holy See delegation to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. Read more Related Posts:Some euthanasia med’s cause traumatic end of life…Euthanasia: What happens if the drugs don’t work?Andy Warhol’s Life Revolved Around Sex, Drugs—and…Lay chief says Vatican Read more

How to win the war on drugs

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

LISBON — On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic needle. “It’s hard to find a vein,” he said, but he finally found one in his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled from his arm and pooled on the Read more

Clergy try mind-altering drugs for scientific research

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

When psychologist William Richards looks at religion, he sees mystical experiences everywhere. The same sort of experiences, he reasons, that come from mind-altering drugs. That’s why he’s giving magic mushrooms to religious leaders, for a research project based at Johns Hopkins University and New York University. Continue reading Related Posts:”Online worship is a loss, not a Read more

American Samoa’s Bishop offers support in fight against drugs

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The Bishop of Pagopago, Peter Brown, has offered support to American Samoa’s Governor Lolo Moliga’s efforts to combat the territory’s drug problem. And he is hoping that churches will stand together in this fight. The bishop wrote to Governor Lolo last week offering the support of the Catholic Church for recent initiatives reported in the Read more

Public death threats – Philippine President likens his drug-killings to Nazi extermination

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
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Public death threats against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines aim to scare them into stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users. President Rodrigo Duterte openly compares his bloody anti-crime war to Hitler and the Holocaust. He says he would be “happy to slaughter” three million addicts. The Catholic Church in the Philippines is Read more

Saying no to suicide and drugs

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Say no to suicide and drugs.’ That was the theme of an event involving the Catholic Church from the Matagaluega Apia in Samoa last weekend. Groups from Matautu and Leonē, Saint Anthony, Vaimoso and Samalage and Aiga Paia took part. They took part in a dance and singing competition. But Father Losi Numia said the Read more