Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

Nun uses Instagram to debunk myths about religious life

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

Sister Elizabete, a member of the Daughters of Mercy and residing in Fortaleza, Brazil, uses her convent’s Instagram account to dispel misconceptions about religious life. Now 26, Elizabete joined the convent at the age of 17. Her social media presence has garnered over 163,000 followers since she started posting. Her posts balance profound content with Read more

Scientists teach parrots to video call each other

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Research has shown that pet parrots may experience loneliness just like humans do. To combat this, scientists have discovered that connecting these birds with their peers through virtual means may be beneficial. The study involved owners teaching their parrots to ring a bell and initiate a video call with another pet parrot on a tablet Read more

Catholic bishops release Staying Safe on Social Media campaign

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are supporting a campaign to help people stay safe on social media. The campaign was developed after diocesan communications and pastoral staff noticed an increase in suspicious activities on Church social media pages. The Staying Safe on Social Media campaign starts next Monday, 20 March. It features special posts each day Read more

TikTok faith

Monday, November 14th, 2022

The news is good, bad and ugly for Gen Z Catholics (born in the 1990s and early 2000s) in Australia, as spiritual openness leads young people towards the uncensored whirlwind of TikTok. Young Catholics are left with the two-edged sword of an exciting increase in the exploration of faith amongst peers, mixed with the risks Read more

Ministry means going wherever the people are

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
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Times of great change present the Church with great opportunities says Jesuit Father, James Martin They offer the chance to adapt to new needs and serve people differently, and a ministry of service means going wherever the people are, says Martin (pictured). Martin says that Pope Francis has officially supported ministering to LGBTQ people. He’s Read more

Faith, family and the dropping number of marriages – part II

Thursday, October 13th, 2022
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It’s a message young people in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hear early and often: You should get married because marriage is wonderful and family life is at the heart of the faith. The problem is that church leaders haven’t grasped the power of cultural trends in technology, education and economics that Read more

Auckland college apologises to rival school over ‘appalling’ social media post

Monday, August 15th, 2022

A leading Auckland secondary school has apologised to a rival college after a rugby supporter posted on social media an offensive message containing homophobic slurs. Sacred Heart College in Glendowie was forced to apologise to Pakuranga’s Saint Kentigern College over the offensive message. Stuff understands it was posted by a student-run Sacred Supporters Instagram page Read more

Sacred Heart reopens after social media threat

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
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Auckland’s Sacred Heart College is open again after a social media threat led its closure on Wednesday. Police have spoken to the person responsible. Area Commander for Auckland East Inspector Jim Wilson said the person was “extremely remorseful” for what occurred. He also said that police have wound down their presence in the area but Read more

Social media is changing how weddings look

Monday, June 20th, 2022

On Instagram, Angela Pan’s wedding looks perfect. At her hen’s party in Auckland, she sports a train of balloons in millennial pink. In a short video, gentle music accompanies an unboxing of her gift boxes for bridesmaids, featuring customised wallet pouches and fluffy slippers. In a crisp white dress, she kisses her new husband Joseph Read more

Ram-raids: a mix of excitement, notoriety, poverty and stress

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Youth agencies say the recent spate of youth-led ram-raids are fuelled by a mix of excitement, stress and social media notoriety. Oranga Tamariki says although overall youth crime has fallen 60 percent in the past 10 years, the recent spike in ram-raids is a problem. The agency’s Youth Justice Services director Ben Hannifin says they’re Read more