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St Pius X Society questions John Paul II’s canonization Comments 0

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The New Zealand branch of St Pius X is asking what the hurry is about in canonizing John Paul II. In a letter to all New Zealand priests, the Society acknowledges the popularity of John Paul II. It concedes John Paul II strongly defended the unborn and family life. However, the Society’s concern is the speed of Read more

NZ Church preparing to celebrate canonisation of 2 Popes Comments 0

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Already plans are well underway inNew Zealand’s  cathedral churches to mark the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II . The canonisations will take place at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome at 10am on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday). The corresponding time here in New Zealand will Read more

Young Catholics reach out to Solomons Comments 0

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Severe flooding in the Solomon Islands helped give extra meaning to the 6,000 young people taking part in the Caritas Challenge over the weekend. “We need to be far more grateful for all we have because they have so little and even that is being taken away from them,” said Mareko Ennor, a Year 12 student Read more

Samoan Catholics call meeting to discuss political parties Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

This weekend Samoan representatives from 25 Auckland parishes will meet in south Auckland to discuss political parties and Christian values. Some commentators are saying this will be a litmus test for Labour support. South Auckland electorates are traditionally Labour thanks in large part to church-going Pacific Islanders. The meeting is a response to small group of Read more

Blind man claims sight improved at healing service Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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Minutes after Bishop Victor Silva called on Jesus to cast out “the spirit of sickness” causing pain to the lives of the hundreds of people packed into the “holy oil” healing service in Auckland on Sunday, a young man was helped on to the stage claiming his sight had been improved. Gaby Dean, 27, who Read more

Fraudster told to pay money back to Hibernians Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

In its just-released decision, the Employment Relations Authority has ordered Susan Hagai to repay the Hibernian Society $547,000. She was also made to repay interest on the money of $3695.61, plus $2000 in costs. Originally convicted by Judge Susan Thomas of defrauding the Hibernian Society, Judge Thomas, did not order Hagai to repay the $1,242,750 she Read more

Broad Alliance launched to oppose legalising euthanasia Comments 0

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A coalition, assembled to oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted-suicide in New Zealand, was formally launched last Thursday to at a function at Parliament. The Care Alliance is an umbrella organisation that brings together a wide range of voices from across the palliative, medical, youth, elderly, disability, bioethics and faith sectors who are opposed Read more

Evangeilli Gaudium: Social Dimension of Evangelisation Comments 0

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

176. To evangelize is to make the kingdom of God present in our world. Yet “any partial or fragmentary definition which attempts to render the reality of evangelization in all its richness, complexity and dynamism does so only at the risk of impoverishing it and even of distorting it”.[140] I would now like to share Read more

Violent assault on teenager at Catholic college Comments 3

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A Wellington teen ended up in hospital with a suspected broken neck after an assault where he was punched unconscious and flung down an embankment by a classmate. Police are investigating the circumstances of the daylight attack on Joseph Nawl, 15, a student at Porirua’s Bishop Viard College, on Wednesday. Doctors at Wellington Hospital initially Read more

Caritas worker laments dire plight of Syrian refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A New Zealand aid worker says the situation in overflowing Syrian refugee camps remains hopeless as the country marks three years of civil war. The brutal Syrian conflict has left an estimated 146,000 people dead, half of them reportedly civilians, and caused millions to flee. Aid experts say up to 4 million people could be Read more