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Vatican Curia gets Christmas bonus with a difference Comments 1

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
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Power grabbing, living hypocritical double lives, curial and personal rivalry, gossip, and over concern about their appearance and the colour of their robes are among just some of the sins Pope Francis’ identified as belonging to the Vatican Curia. The blistering indictment of the Vatican Curia came at the Pope’s Christmas message. The Pope’s top Read more

NZ represented on Vatican Abuse Commission Comments 0

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Pope Francis has appointed Mr Bill Kilgallon to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Kilgallon is the Director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand. Dr. Krysten Winter-Green, another New Zealander now resident in the United States, has also been appointed to the Commission. Bill has Read more

Will we get a Cardinal in February? Comments 0

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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When he was visiting New Zealand last year Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is thought to be close to the Pope, said that there was a need for more cardinals from Oceania. He said Oceania is not Australia by itself, and the region has a wide variety of nations and peoples. So it is possible Read more

Baptists disown self-styled West City home church pastor Comments 0

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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The 245 member Baptist Church Union has been quick to distance itself from the comments of West City Baptist Church pastor Logan Robertson who urged a gay writer to kill himself. The union has confirmed that the West City Bible Baptist Church is not affiliated with them. “I’m appalled by the comments made by the West Read more

Pat O’Connor RIP – parish priest of Tokelau 1987-2011 Comments 1

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Monsignor Patrick Edward O’Connor, long-time parish priest and first Superior of the ‘Missio Sui Iuris’ of Tokelau, one of the most isolated places on earth, died at the St Joseph’s Home of Compassion at Silverstream in New Zealand, on Wednesday 3rd December. Pat got to know the Tokelau people through the migrant Tokelau community that Read more

Labour Party offers Church advice on Hato Petera College Comments 3

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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The Labour Party has been advising the Diocese of Auckland about how to resolve issues that have arisen regarding Hato Petera College. An Education Review Office (ERO) report says there is a lack of accord between Hato Petera College and the Auckland Diocese. The report says it is not clear who has responsibility for the Read more

Samoa’s NCC says abandoning babies not part of culture Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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The Chairman of Samoa’s National Council of Churches, (NCC) Deacon Le’aupepe Kasiano, has challenged suggestions that abandoning babies is part of the Samoan culture. The suggestion has been made following the incident in Australia where a Samoan woman has been charged for abandoning her baby in a drain. She is the 30 year old daughter Read more

Campaign underway to retain parliamentary prayer Comments 2

Friday, November 28th, 2014
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New Life Churches International is urging Christians to oppose any changes in the parliamentary prayer. Rasik Ranchord, spokesperson on public issues for New Life Churches International, has sent out an email asking church leaders to get their members to write to members of parliament urging them to retain the present prayer. On 17 November the Read more

New Bishop for Hamilton Comments 0

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Fr. Stephen Lowe has been appointed the third Bishop of Hamilton in New Zealand. He replaces bishop Denis Browne who has retired. He is at present Director of formation at the National Seminary, Holy Cross College. Hearing of the announcement Bishop Browne said, “I am delighted that Hamilton will receive a Bishop with such pastoral Read more

NZ cannot stand aloof from suffering in Middle East – Archbishop Dew Comments 4

Friday, November 21st, 2014
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New Zealand cannot stand aloof from involvement in the Middle East when so many people are suffering and dying says Archbishop John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference. He has written to Prime Minister John Key, offering the support of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops for the cautious and measured approach to making Read more