Posts Tagged ‘Social justice’

Pacific Caritas agencies set a direction for the future Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Representatives from Caritas agencies in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga attended a forum in Cairns last week. Also present were representatives from countries not yet members of the Caritas network, reflecting the forum theme of ‘Our Family, Our Future’ and strengthening ties with French- and English-speaking peers. Forum delegates were Read more

Vulnerable youth can change for the good says PM Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Vulnerable youth can change for good

The Prime Minister, Saturday, said changing vulnerable young people’s lives was more difficult than changing the economy. But, they can change. He made the comments when opening Marist Challenge House in Johnsonville, Wellington. “The challenge of changing things in government, in agencies and the economy is relatively easy when compared to the challenges some of Read more

St Vincent de Paul Society – Celebrating 150 Years of Service Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Vincent de Paul

This year the St Vincent de Paul Society celebrates 150 years since it was first established in New Zealand. Anniversary celebrations are planned for the weekend of October 13-15 in Christchurch. On Sunday October 15, an Anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Martin Krebs as well as Bishops Owen Dolan and Charles Read more

Why does U2 irk so many people? Their struggle for pop hits and social justice Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
U2

“They only want you to be the one thing,” Mick Jagger once told the novelist William Gibson. He was referring to his own acting career. It is odd to imagine a celebrity icon millionaire presumably so close to the heart of rock and roll speaking so wistfully of thwarted ambition, as if he once had Read more

Anglican Church & MBIE co-host anti trafficking conference Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Human trafficking and labour exploitation are two of the most significant global human rights issues facing us today. All countries are affected, including New Zealand. This two-day conference, to be held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, on 26th and 27th of July, 2017 will bring together senior government officials, business leaders, academics, civil society, Read more

Good-hearted charity is not enough Comments 0

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily change the social, economic, and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We need to be fair and good of heart, but we also need to have fair and good Read more

Bolger’s faith helped him negotiate turbulent waters Comments 0

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Bolger

Jim Bolger, former New Zealand Prime Minister, says his faith helped him negotiate his way through the turbulent waters of the 1990s. Bolger was interviewed by Guyon Espiner as part of the RNZ series The Ninth Floor in which Espiner conducts extended interviews with former New Zealand Prime Ministers. “That was the value system that I grew Read more

Here’s a chance to really make difference – volunteer Comments 0

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

For those who want to make a difference, but perhaps feel helpless about it, here is a chance to act on your dream. The Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s Programmes team may be able to match your skills to situations in the Pacific and elsewhere that could give you an opportunity to make good use of Read more

Social justice priest faces suspension for running for office Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2016

An Indonesian bishop says he will suspend a priest who has decided to run for political office. Bishop Ludovicus Manullang of Sibolga in North Sumatra said he would suspend Fr Rantinus Manalu. The priest is to run for public office in local elections next year. Fr Manalu is known for his anti-corruption stance and support Read more

‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ — undocumented migrants Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Over 37 years-ago when Annunciation House – a sanctuary and home of hospitality that has served over 100,000 refugees, homeless poor and undocumented workers – was started in El Paso, Texas, founding director Ruben Garcia and a few friends wanted to place themselves among the poor, to see where the poor would lead them. He Read more