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Christopher Cardone new Archbishop of Honiara Comments 2

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Christopher Cardone, O.P. is the new archbishop of Honiara. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Gizo in 2001 and from 2004 to the present he has been Bishop of Auki, Malaita Province. A statement from the Archdiocese released to the media read, “On behalf of our Church Leaders, the clergies and the Catholic people of Read more

Bishop Dolan in Rome for St Vincent de Paul Assembly Comments 1

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Owen Dolan

Owen Dolan, emeritus coadjutor bishop of Palmerston North, is pictured above with Pope Francis. He is pointing out to him the presence of the St Vincent de Paul group at the General Audience, just 50 metres away. The photo shows the Pope acknowledging the group with a wave. Bishop Dolan was at the International Assembly of Read more

Refugees – Community support to be tested Comments 0

Friday, June 17th, 2016

“It is now for us as a community to welcome those who will settle in New Zealand, and do what we can to support them as they build a new life and find peace after the trauma they’ve experienced,” says the President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops conference. Bishop Patrick Dunn was commenting on Read more

McAuley High School wins Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award Comments 1

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

A Catholic school has won a top educational achievement award for its “cohesive values”, teaching students how to care for each other. McAuley High School in Otahuhu won the Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award at a ceremony in Auckland tonight. The school was recognised for uniting with the community to change the way it works Read more

Mayor changes mind on $15K fee for building 2 classrooms Comments 3

Friday, June 10th, 2016
St Francis of Asissi school

The Diocese of  Christchurch will have to pay a $150,000 development fee after a plea to have it waived was unsuccessful. Despite warnings from staff, the strategy and finance committee had recommended council waive the fee.  Mayor Lianne Dalziel, who backed the application at the committee stages,  said she had changed her mind on the matter. At a Read more

Heritage buildings from another era a problem for living faith communities Comments 0

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
St Mary's Hamilton presbytery

Hamilton Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman says the pending loss of the presbytery beside Hamilton’s Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is sad news for Hamilton East as the building was a “fantastic link” to another era. The situation in Hamilton raises an issue that is becoming a problem for church communities throughout New Zealand – Read more

Bishop Len Boyle R.I.P. – the farmer who became a Bishop Comments 3

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle Dunedin copy

Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle of Dunedin has died, surrounded by family and his brother priests, after a short period of ill health. He was 85. He came from a distinguished and well known Winton family known for their involvement with racing, rugby and the hotel trade. Boyle himself had a love of horses. He often Read more

Marriage best protector against Child Poverty? Comments 1

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Despite marriage being the best protector against child poverty it has become politically unfashionable – some argue insensitive – to express such a view says Lindsay Mitchell. Her views are expressed a report Child Poverty and Family Structure  that she has written for Family First, published Monday. Mitchell says child poverty is consistently blamed on Read more

Budget: Inadequate response to affordable housing problem Comments 2

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Two Catholic agencies have have welcomed more funding for emergency housing in the 2016 Budget. However they say little has been done to address the urgent need for more long-term secure and affordable housing. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Caritas says there is a noticeable lack of investment in building new homes. Of the announced $258 Read more

New Plymouth Mayor proposes a Peace Walk Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The New Plymouth mayor, Andrew Judd, is inviting the nation to join him on a Peace Walk to Parihaka. The hikoi will run from his mayoral office to Parihaka 45 km away. It will take place on 17 June. Judd, who has been at the centre of a storm of controversy over race issues, hopes Read more