Posts Tagged ‘Social justice’

What did Pope Francis mean when he said the unborn and the poor are equally sacred? Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting abortion to fighting poverty, he was trying to show they are part of the same battle, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Read more

“You have no right to criticise us” Duterte tells Sister Patricia Fox Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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“Who are you? Just because you are a nun? You go back to your country and try to ponder the enormity of your problems,” said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His words were directed at an Australian nun, Sister Patricia Fox, who was detained by immigration authorities last week. “You nun, why don’t you criticise your own government, the Read more

Denis O’Reilly: The gangs have been convenient whipping boys Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Gangs are whipping boys: Denis O'Reilly

Denis O’Reilly, a Pākehā now well into his 60s, linked up with Black Power because he was committed to social justice. It was the same concern for social justice that had his brother, Laurie, who died nearly 20 years ago, becoming a lawyer and then the Commissioner for Children. Each of the boys had many other Read more

HNZ to build houses where church-based protest took place Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017
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Housing New Zealand (HNZ) has resource consent to build houses in Naenae on a site that was the scene of a church-based protest. Construction is expected to begin shortly, with the first homes finished by mid-2018. In April, members of St David’s Anglican Church in Naenae camped out for the weekend on land across the Read more

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
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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
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“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