Posts Tagged ‘Elections’

Venezuela’s bishops want elections postponed

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Venezuela’s bishops want country’s elections, which are set for this month, to be postponed. They are also urging the president to take a “different course from this saga of death.” Read more

The crucial importance of voting with a Christian conscience

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Throw your political affiliation out the window! But you’re a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you’re a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important. What’s crucially important is your affiliation with Jesus, and your commitment to his campaign – to his divine plan. Are you voting for Jesus Christ? Oh, Read more

Scotland’s bishops urge Catholics to take active role in politics

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Catholic bishops in Scotland urged the faithful to take a more active role in politics and not be “passive spectators.” The bishops advised Catholics to be more active in the upcoming elections for constituency Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) and regional MSP. “Catholics in Scotland should not simply be passive spectators but should be active Read more

Voting in church buildings keeps order in Samoa election

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The orderly and peaceful way Samoa’s general election took place has been ascribed in part to a decision to have most polling booths in church buildings. The Samoa Observer reported that the decision “contributed largely to absence of violence and unruly behaviour in most villages”. The presence of church pastors at voting places also helped Read more

Bougainville elects first woman MP in open seat

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Josephine Getsi, in Peit constituency, has become the first woman to win an open seat since Bougainville first held elections under its autonomy arrangements ten years ago. Getsi says her success is an important symbol for all Bougainvillean women. She was competing against 11 men and did particularly well through the second preference votes re-allocated Read more

Mortal sin and the vote

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding The Participation of Catholics in Political Life The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, having received the opinion of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, has decided that it would be appropriate to publish the present Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding Read more

Making voting matter

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Laura O’Connell Rapira has a pretty simple philosophy. “Everyone should have a nice life,” she tells a small audience at a Wellington bar. “Small actions, multiplied, can lead to big change,” she says. Laura, 25, outlines her pitch for RockEnrol, a movement to increase youth voter turnout. The audience is a mix of smartphones and activists Read more

Politicians of all colours chasing Samoan Catholic vote

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

In the lead -up to the election politicians of all parties are chasing the Samoan vote in Auckland. Politicians from both sides attended the recent monthly Samoan Mass held in south Auckland. Judith Collins who was present at the Mass said, “South Auckland can always make or break elections”. Labour Mangere MP Su’a William Sio Read more

Samoan Catholics call meeting to discuss political parties

Friday, April 4th, 2014

This weekend Samoan representatives from 25 Auckland parishes will meet in south Auckland to discuss political parties and Christian values. Some commentators are saying this will be a litmus test for Labour support. South Auckland electorates are traditionally Labour thanks in large part to church-going Pacific Islanders. The meeting is a response to small group of Read more