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NZ Catholic to cease publication announces Bishop Lowe

NZ Catholic

New Zealand’s national newspaper NZ Catholic will cease publication at the end of June. The Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Steve Lowe, confirmed the 27-year old publication’s closure and thanked NZ Catholic readers for their faithful support. Subscribers are offered refunds for their prepaid subscription. NZ Catholic’s closure will bring to an end a 150-year tradition Read more

Former Trinity Catholic College student inspires with NASA success story

A former pupil of Dunedin’s Trinity Catholic College, now a NASA scientist, returned to his alma mater to inspire students to follow their passion. Hamish Prince, who graduated from college in 2014, recently spoke to students about his journey from Dunedin to NASA. Prince, a graduate research assistant in atmospheric science, shared how his love Read more

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The reasons why we don’t need women deacons

women deacons

On 2 May, the Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa ordained Angelic Molen as its first modern deaconess in a church near Harare in Zimbabwe. The Western media has gone a bit mad, calling it “breaking with tradition” and a radical new step forward. Ordaining women deacons The usual suspects have trotted out the Read more

It is bread, and not bombs, that humanity is hungry for.

War

According to a 25-year analysis of global conflicts and arms transfers conducted by the World Peace Foundation (WPF) titled “Who arms War?” all of the largest arms exporting nations continue to sell their weapons to countries even after wars start. It’s akin to pouring gasoline on a fire. “Ethical export policy is a myth,” states Read more

Can today’s church overcome division?

Christian unity

The Week of Christian Unity, the church celebrated this week, supports an unfashionable cause. It encourages the healing of divisions between churches. Divisions rule In culture, politics and religion, however, division provides most of the news of the day. The religious headlines emphasise fractures within churches. They tell of discrepancy between the professed values of Read more

Why young people are turning to celibacy

celibacy

Sian didn’t set out to become celibate – at least not to begin with. At the tail end of 2021, freshly single and out of a 100-day lockdown, the 27-year-old was in a delicate headspace. Tapping into the sex-go-round For Sian, the dating apps had become an obsessive regime in curating profiles and swiping endlessly. Read more

Pope backflips on female deacons?

female deacons

Pope Francis seems to have changed his mind about female deacons. This week, in a CBS TV interview, he explained that ordaining women has never been on his agenda, but non-ordained female deacons could be. Female diaconate supported In February, one of Francis’ theological advisers, Sr Linda Pocher, said while the Church wasn’t considering women’s Read more

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    • Self proclaimed visionary asks Pope for mutual respect

      Gisella Cardia claims to possess a statue of Mary weeping tears of blood and is requesting “mutual respect” from the Pope after the Vatican issued new procedures for verifying the authenticity of Marian apparitions and other spiritual phenomena. “I’m not Read more
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  • Diaconate – women yet to be recognised as equal

    diaconate

    “Until the Holy Father has a woman proclaiming the gospel in St Peter’s at a Mass he celebrates, the Church really doesn’t have the right to say women are to be recognised as equal and to be held as equally human to men” said Phyllis Zagano PhD, a Senior Research Associate in Residence at Hofstra Read more

  • Cardinal Pizzaballa in Gaza: “Enough killing!”

    Enough killing!

    Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, made a poignant visit to Gaza on May 16, where he urged an end to the violence with the strong declaration, “Enough killing!” His visit aimed to deliver a message of hope and peace to the residents who have been enduring severe hardship. The cardinal also showed Read more

  • Timothy Radcliffe calls for new ministries for women in Church

    New ministries for women

    Dominican priest and theologian Timothy Radcliffe OP has urged the Church to develop new ministries, particularly for women, as a key focus for the upcoming Synod on Synodality. Lay people and “women in particular must be given a more active role in the life of the church” Radcliffe said in an interview with Ordo Praedicatorum. Read more

  • Diocesan hermit announces transgender identity

    diocesan hermit

    In a groundbreaking move within the Catholic Church, Brother Christian Matson, a diocesan hermit, has announced plans to come out as transgender. “This Sunday, Pentecost 2024, I’m planning to come out publicly as transgender” Matson told Religion News Service on May 17. Matson, who has a doctorate in religious studies, said he was speaking out Read more

  • Christian invisibility – the biggest threat facing the Church

    christian invisibility

    Christian invisibility in our culture is one of the biggest issues facing the Church. So says research expert George Barna (pictured), founder and former owner of The Barna Group, a market research firm that studies Americans’ religious beliefs and behaviours. Barna lists two other big issues for the Church today: the steady decrease in a Read more