Posts Tagged ‘Social justice’

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

Church helped convince Govt crack down on foreign fishing vessels Comments 0

Friday, May 6th, 2016

In a crackdown to stamp out unsafe and, at times, inhumane labour practices, all foreign fishing vessels must now be reflagged with the New Zealand flag. This legislation is the first of its kind in the world. It makes New Zealand a world leader in addressing this global problem said the national director of the Read more

Daniel Berrigan RIP Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Daniel Berrigan, a poet and Jesuit priest who for decades was among the most prominent voices for absolute pacifism in the American Catholic church, died on Saturday at 94. The cause was a cardiovascular ailment, said Father James Yannarell, a priest affiliated with the Fordham Jesuit community. Berrigan, who clashed with various American administrations, was Read more

Is your dog fed by slaves or maybe your cat – or even you? Comments 0

Friday, April 29th, 2016

New Zealanders and their pets have consumed more than 600 tonnes of seafood sourced from a Thai conglomerate condemned for its use of slave labour. Some indentured workers have even been locked in cages. Figures released by the New Zealand Customs Service under the Official Information Act show seafood giant Thai Union has been a consistent Read more

Auckland church puts up anti Trump billboard Comments 0

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Donald Trump has been pictured crucifying Jesus Christ in a hard-hitting campaign against him by an Auckland church. St Luke’s in Remuera has put up an Easter-themed cartoon which aims to show how Trump’s views contradict the messages of Jesus Christ. St Luke’s minister Glynn Cardy said Christ would have been considered a “loser” by Read more

Wellington’s Anglicans and Catholics ready to welcome 1st refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

In September last year, Wellington’s Anglican and Catholic Bishops asked the Red Cross how they could help the Syrian refugees coming to New Zealand. They were asked to kit out homes, and people have been giving from right across the region. So far religious groups in the lower North Island have gathered household supplies for Read more

Bishop Viard College makes a home for refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Since the early 2000s, Bishop Viard College has welcomed the refugee community of Porirua. “Their refugee backgrounds add life and experience to the school,” said Jane Bourke, a whanau leader at the college who has an interest in refugee students. Three Burmese students who joined at the end of last term are the latest additions Read more

Australia has told me I don’t belong Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

I am thinking now that I have to speak very gently. I need to tread warily and allow you the chance to absorb what I want to say. There are things that can tear us apart. There are people who are more interested in turning us on each other. It is so easy to distort Read more