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Satyanand suggests churches launch own historical abuse inquiry Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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The head of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care has suggested churches could launch their own internal investigation. In an interview with Mike  Wesley-Smith on The Nation, Sir Anand Satyanand said he discussed the matter with the country’s senior Anglican and Catholic bishops meeting together recently in Wellington. “I raised Read more

Bishop Matthews – Wealthy and powerful tell us they know best Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The outgoing Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, has said goodbye to her diocese with an attack on civic authorities over their handling of the future of Christchurch Cathedral. She was speaking at a special Choral Eucharist in Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral last Sunday. She said the Christchurch Cathedral restoration is being driven by “the wealthy and Read more

Briefing paper lists Hato Petera’s financial woes Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018
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A briefing prepared by the ministry for Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis has highlighted some of the severe financial pressures facing Hato Petera College. Only $1,600 of its $200,000 operations grant was being spent on delivering the curriculum. 81 percent of the operations grant is spent on non-teaching personnel. The three office personnel consume 53 Read more

Pope Francis admits serious mistakes and asks for forgiveness Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018
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Pope Francis has asked forgiveness from the victims of clerical sexual abuse in Chile after receiving a report by the papal envoy, Bishop Charles Scicluna. “I have made serious mistakes in the assessment and my perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information,”  the Pope said in a letter Read more

Royal Commission leaves door slightly open for including Churches Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018
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The draft terms of reference for a Royal Commision have restricted an inquiry into historical abuse to state institutions, but the Catholic and Anglican churches have both said they would like to be included in it. On 26 March the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said she stood by her belief that the inquiry should look Read more

700 gather in Ohakune for 72nd Hui Aranga Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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About 700 people gathered In Ohakune for this year’s Hui Aranga. Three-quarters of them were youth. The Hui Aranga, or Maori Easter Gathering, is a Maori Catholic celebration of Holy Week and Easter. Groups come to it from all over the North Island. This year they included Clubs from Tauranga (Tauranga Moana), Wairoa (Tawhiti a Read more

Anglican and Catholic churches want to be included in Royal Commission Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018
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The Anglican and Catholic churches want the Royal Commission into abuse to include their churches. The Royal Commission’s draft terms confine the inquiry to state institutions. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and representation from religious orders have written a letter to the prime minister Jacinda Ardern, the Minister for Children Tracey Martin and Sir Anand Read more

Bishop Matthews: Church first cousin to a museum or a place of worship? Comments 0

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

“Is the church called to be the first cousin to a museum or is it the place for the worship of a living God? “To reinstate a very damaged building, so people can say ‘we like the outside of it’, seems to me somewhat misdirected. “I wonder what an empty cathedral would be an icon Read more

Pope’s number two to join assembly of Oceania bishops in PNG next month Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018
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Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, is going to attend a meeting of Oceania bishops. He will be at the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania(FCBCO) Plenary Assembly in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in April. “We are delighted that Cardinal Parolin, the Secretary of State at the Vatican, will be with us,” Read more

NZ represented at meeting of young people in Rome to prepare for Synod Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Isabella McCafferty has been invited by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to represent New Zealand a meeting of young people in Rome. This meeting, which begins on Monday, will bring 300 young people from across the world for six days. The outcome from the gathering will be presented to the members of the October Synod Read more