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Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral closed for an indefinite period Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon, Wellington, closed its doors on Friday. An assessment has found the building’s structural integrity to be just 15 per cent of the standard for a new building. This means there would be a significant risk to occupants if there was an earthquake. While Sacred Heart Cathedral is closed, weekday masses Read more

MPs condemn support for Hezbollah Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Two opposition MPs have visited an Auckland mosque to protest against the mosque’s public support of Hezbollah. Members of the Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation’s Pakuranga mosque demonstrated in Aotea Square in support of the Lebanon group. Chris Finlayson and Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown told mosque members of their concern at the support. Mr Finlayson says Hezbollah Read more

Pacific voices heard at Vatican Climate Change Conference Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

New Zealanders and people from Pacific Island nations were among representatives from all over the world attending the International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” at the Vatican July 5-6 to commemorate Pope Francis’s encyclical on the Care of Creation. The conference was attended by faith leaders, youth activists, Read more

Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue: Difference no cause for suspicion Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

A new document reflects a fresh approach taken by the official Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue commission. It shows a major development in ecumenism by establishing that difference is not cause for suspicion or reproach but is rather an opportunity for mutual listening, learning and conversion. The statement, Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church Read more

Catholic Church principals protest against NCEA review Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Church schools join NCEA protest against Education Minister Chris Hipkins

Principals of several Auckland Catholic schools have joined a protest against what they call a rushed NCEA review. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says four months is long enough to review the NCEA. Forty Auckland school principals disagree. They took the full-page advertisement in a Sunday paper to mark the minister as a failure. Yet Hipkins Read more

Apostolic Nuncio to depart New Zealand for new post in Uruguay Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

In just over a month, New Zealand Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Martin Krebs, will bid farewell to New Zealand as he leaves to take up a new position in Uruguay. An announcement regarding the new apostolic nuncio for New Zealand and the Pacific is expected to be made in the coming month. On his time in Read more

New book on Fundamentalism receives an award Comments 0

Monday, June 25th, 2018

News arrived, last week, that Fundamentalism at Home and Abroad: Analysis and Pastoral Responses, a book by Fr Gerarld Arbuckle SM won first place in the Professional Books section in the Catholic Press Association USA awards. Responding to the award, Gerald Arbuckle says he is ‘delighted’ and particularly pleased that a book on contemporary fundamentalism Read more

NZ bishops look into issues raised by Australian Royal Commission Comments 0

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference (NZCBC) is following the response of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference to some of the recommendations made by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its final report. The seal of Confession In a statement, the NZCBC says Confession is often not understood. “In many cases, the Read more

Ireland may look to NZ’s law for doctors who conscientiously object to providing abortion Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018

New Zealand’s approach to the issue of how to allow for GPs who conscientiously object to providing abortion services may provide the basis for how such services are provided in Ireland. Ireland’s National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) and their health minister Simon Harris have appeared at loggerheads after the doctors’ group said that onward referral Read more

Euthanasia: Catholic agencies are the progressive voice Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Representatives of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) presented their reservations about David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill to the Justice Select Committee on Tuesday. Bishop Charles Drennan, Dr Caroline Newson, who works in acute psychiatry medicine, Dr John Kleinsman and researcher Dr Sue Buckley from the Nathaniel Institute made submissions. Drennan talked Read more