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Roman Curia appointments for new Pacific cardinals Comments 0

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The two recently appointed Pacific cardinals have been assigned to Roman Curia offices. Pope Francis named Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand, to be a member of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Soane Mafi of Tonga was named a member of the Read more

The Ned Flanders effect – religious people unattractive? Comments 1

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

A collaborative study carried out by a number of universities around the world, including the The University of Otago in New Zealand, has found evidence for the existence of the Ned Flanders effect. Nedward “Ned” Flanders, is a character in the long running TV series The Simpsons. He is the Simpson family’s extremely religious next “diddly-door” Read more

Cardinal Dew interview: the Francis effect Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

On Easter Sunday Cardinal John Dew was interviewed by Wallace Chapman on New Zealand’s National radio. He talked to Chapman about being called to the priesthood, the church’s work for social justice, the meaning of Easter in the modern world, and the hope placed in the Pope. “Easter is a wonderful opportunity for us to Read more

Bishop Cullinane calls for an overhaul of English Missal Comments 24

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Emeritus Bishop of Palmerston North, New Zealand, in a letter to The London Tablet, says that there should be an overhaul of the English missal. Bishop Peter J Cullinane says critics describe the present translation as clunky, awkward and a too literal translation of the Latin original. However, Cullinane believes no purpose will be served Read more

Same sex marriage – disagreement the same as rejection? Comments 2

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Media have this week reported that Peter Westmore, the head of the leading Australian Catholic-based lobby group campaigning against same sex marriage in Australia, attended his daughter’s wedding to another woman in New Zealand last November. The headline for the news item read “Catholic crusader Peter Westmore blesses daughter’s gay marriage in New Zealand.” Liberal Read more

Auckland’s Sacred Art Studio expands to the Solomon Islands Comments 1

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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The Studio of John the Baptist, in Takapuna, Auckland, is planning to establish a Studio of St John the Baptist in the Solomon Islands, to supply quality sacred art in the Pacific. The bishop of Auki, in the Solomon Islands, Chris Cardone, visited the Studio in 2014 while in New Zealand for a meeting of Read more

Vanuatu Bishop says shelter a priority Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

“In Port Vila the destruction is everywhere, and there’s no news from anyone around the islands yet,” says the Bishop of Port Vila, John Bosco Baremes. “There’s just no shelter, with so much having been blown away, and people will need somewhere to shelter while they rebuild.” Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Caritas Australia are Read more

Newman Hall development in doubt – site significant to Maori Comments 1

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The Auckland Catholic diocese has developed concept plans for a 10,000 square metre high-rise office building and car parking on property behind Newman Hall. The property is also home to a freshwater spring that was essential to life at two local pā and their surrounding gardens. Called Wai Ariki, or chiefly waters, the spring has Read more

Cardinal Dew – many would be disappointed if old ways returned Comments 6

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Wellington’s Cardinal, John Dew, has been quoted in David Gibson’s U.S.Catholic blog which has also appeared in the Washington Post, Pope Francis has history, but not time, on his side in reform push. “There would be some people who would want to return” to the old ways, said Dew. But, “if things were to be Read more

Bishop joins protest against Trans Pacific Partnership Comments 0

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The Bishop of Palmerston North, Charles Drennan, was among a number of politicians, lecturers and religious leaders who spoke to a crowd of about 500 gathered in the city’s Square at the third anti Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) event to be held in the city in the past year. Drennan said there was growing Read more