New Zealand

Otago-led study to look at religion, family size and child health Comments 0

child health

The John Templeton Foundation has recently allocated almost $4 million to conduct an Otago University-led study – The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success. The research will be led by Dr John Shaver, University of Otago’s Religion programme head, with Otago Research Fellow Dr Joseph Watts, who will conduct fieldwork in The Read more

New Catholic secondary school likely for South Auckland Comments 0

new secondary school

Long-awaited plans for a new Catholic secondary school in South Auckland are finally progressing. These plans were announced in a press statement last year by Catholic Education Office chief executive Paul Ferris. He said the Church had bought 25ha in Burtt Rd, Drury, South Auckland three years ago for a new 1,000-student, $40m co-educational high Read more

Analysis and Comment

The Two Popes: a mixed bag theologically and politically, with bravura performances Comments 0

The Two Popes

Netflix’s The Two Popes may be best described, borrowing a turn of phrase from Fredric Jameson, as “nostalgia for the present”. Biopic and historical dramas are traditionally reserved for people who are dead, so I felt suspicious about watching a movie about two popes who are alive. It feels premature and slightly reminiscent of Barack Read more

Dishonesty and the abortion debate Comments 0

In 1956, two American physicians, J. A. Presley and W. E. Brown, colleagues at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, decided four recent admissions to their hospital were significant enough to warrant a published report. “Lysol-Induced Criminal Abortion” appeared in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. It describes four women who were admitted to the Read more

Top emitters must commit to a U-turn at COP25 Comments 0

Epitomizing the disconnect between scientific warnings and human action, global temperatures are now on track to rise by an unacceptable 3.2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels by 2030 while greenhouse gas emissions hit all-time highs. As the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP25 Read more

A tale of two cathedrals Comments 0

This is a tale of two cathedrals. It’s a story of two bishops, a tragedy and even a prince. There’s more than one battle in this long saga and only one of the cathedrals will have a happy ending. Both buildings were severely damaged by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and aftershocks, and both sit Read more

Christchurch’s new Catholic Cathedral in heart of the city Comments 0

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The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, says the diocese will build a new cathedral in the centre of the city adjacent to Victoria Square. The new cathedral will form part of a $500m “North of the Square” development. The development site is bordered by Armagh Street, Colombo Street, Cambridge Terrace and Manchester Street. It Read more

  • Oddly

    • Alpacas pretending to be camels stars of Auckland church’s nativity scene

      A pair of alpacas have become unlikely stars in Massey Presbyterian Church’s annual Christmas Drive-Through. Casting the animal participants in live nativity scenes has always been a challenge in New Zealand, where there are no camels to accompany the wise men who made the trek to Bethlehem. But over the 16 years the Auckland event Read more
  • World

  • Head of English language liturgy calls Amazon Synod ceremonies “pagan worship” Comments 0

    Msg Andrew Wadsworth (pictured), the executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) is defending his social media posts calling liturgical events at the Amazon Synod as “scenes of pagan worship”. “I, Andrew Raymond Wadsworth, do not wish to belong to the new idolatrous Pachamama Church currently being brought into being,” Read more

  • Bible App reveals most popular verse of the year Comments 0

    The most popular Bible verse in 2019 encourages readers not to ‘worry about anything.’ The ‘most popular’ claim is made by the creators of Bible App, YouVersion. YouVersion’s statistics show that worldwide 400 million users shared, bookmarked and highlighted Philippians 4:6 during 2019. The Philippians verse reads: ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Read more

  • Today’s populism mirrors WW2 ideologies, warns pope Comments 0

    Pope Francis has issued a stark warning about the dangers of populism in today’s world. Speaking off script to staff and members of a Jesuit magazine “Aggiornamenti Sociali” (“Social Updates”), Francis said ignoring the reality lived by men and women today has caused a resurgence of old ideologies that inevitably do more harm than good. Read more

  • Quebec considers expanding eligibility for euthanasia Comments 0

    Quebec’s health minister, Danielle McCann, says consultation on extending the criteria for euthanasia is about to open. The new criteria will enable people to be euthanised if they can’t give informed consent or who will die of an illness in the more distant future. These include people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative conditions. Read more

  • Cardinal Tagle gets major evangelisation role in Rome Comments 0

    Pope Francis, Sunday, named Filipino Cardinal Luis Tagle to lead the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. In what some are calling a very significant move, the 62-year-old Archbishop of Manila will move to Rome to oversee the work of the Catholic Church in Asia, Oceania, New Zealand and most dioceses in Africa. These areas Read more