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Families questionnaire reveals sense of exclusion and hurt Comments 0

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A strong sense of exclusion and hurt is felt by many people who are living in situations not in accord with Church teaching in areas such as divorce and re-marriage, cohabitation, contraception and same sex unions. This information is contained in a Pastoral Letter from the  New Zealand Catholic Bishops summarising the main themes that Read more

Archbishop Dew to attend Synod on Family Comments 0

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Pope watches as family carries offertory gifts during Mass for catechists in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew has been selected as a participant in the of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The Synod will examine the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation. More than 250 participants, including 14 married couples from around the world, are expected to Read more

Archbishop Dew – outrage about Dirty Politics a good sign Comments 1

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The public discomfort around the current dirty politics revelations is a good sign for our political community, says John Dew, the Catholic Archbishop of Wellington New Zealand. He was speaking in the wake of disclosures made in a recently published book, Dirty Politics which is based on information contained in emails obtained by hacking the computer of Read more

Nun’s headresses OK – Indian headdresses not Comments 0

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Go to any event these days and your are sure to find some one dressed up as 1950s nun or sporting gear based on some kind of religious attire. No self respecting party hire business can afford to not have a big stock of false nun’s habits for hire . So, “What’s the fuss about Dame Read more

Archbishop asks for prayer for captive Fijian soldiers Comments 0

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Anglican Archbishop Winston Halapua has asked all parishes in the Diocese of Polynesia to pray for the safe release of 44 Fijian soldiers held captive by a militant rebel group in the Golan Heights. “We join with our leaders and with all people of faith in Fiji to pray for our soldiers who have been Read more

Aucklanders to march in support of minorities in Iraq Comments 2

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Hundreds of people are expected at a march this weekend in Auckland’s Queen St, calling for solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq. Christian groups and those supporting other religious groups who have been brutally attacked by the Islamic State, are calling on the Iraqi community in New Zealand and others to take part in the Read more

Shortland Street on location at Naililili Catholic Mission. Comments 0

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

In response to an approach from Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand’s long running Soap,  Shortland Street,  moved from the studio to Fiji for a storyline. The Naililili Catholic Mission was the last of the Fijian locations used. The Mission, which is on an island in a river, is accessible only by boat. The church at Read more

Wellington Catholic landmarks windfall comes with strings Comments 2

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
St Mary of the Angels reszied

A Wellington developer was reportedly told by a priest that his whole congregation would be praying for him before he faced an Environment Court hearing. This probably had something to do with Mark Dunajtschik’s proposal to give $5 million each for the restorations of St Mary of the Angels and St Gerard’s Monastery. The offer Read more

New NZ priest celebrates Latin Mass in west Auckland church Comments 35

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Fr Palman EF Mass reszied

A priest in Auckland diocese has celebrated his first extraordinary form Mass in Latin within days of his ordination. Fr Jeremy Palman was ordained by Bishop Patrick Dunn at St Patricks’ Cathedral on August 9, and the new priest offered a thanksgiving Mass in the ordinary form at Te Atatu the next day. On August Read more

Nuns and Sallies in scheme to beat loan sharks Comments 3

Friday, August 15th, 2014
interest rates resized

The Salvation Army will be the front door for a new Government-backed loans scheme aimed at saving low income families from loan sharks. The inspiration for the scheme came from a similar one run in Australia by a financial institution and a microfinancing body which was started by Catholic nuns. The Community Finance Scheme in Read more