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Pray Today NZ – Jesus wept – Video reflection Lent week 5 Comments 0

Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Pray Today NZ - Jesus Wept

Jesus wept tears, he wept because he was human. Jesus grieved, unashamed – his friend was dead. He remembered Lazarus’ face, his welcoming smile, his laughter. He remembered the hours they had sat talking; chewing the fat, shooting the breeze. Jesus wept for all that is passing.  Lazarus was gone, dead and buried and Read more

Vatican allows General Absolution during pandemic Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

General absolution is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the global difficulty Catholic priests are having in hearing confessions, the Vatican says it is acceptable for bishops to offer general absolutions to certain groups of people. While the norm is an individual confesses their sins and celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation, General Absolution can be Read more

Lay led video Sunday reflection launches in NZ Comments 0

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
Pray Today NZ

Pray Today NZ, a service of the Word using the Sunday readings began on the Internet in New Zealand yesterday. The lay-fronted reflection is designed for use on social media and is very ‘home-grown’ and ‘raw’. Work on the initiative ‘Pray Today NZ‘ began early last week, however, the decision to record and release the Read more

Virus causes cancellation of Sunday Mass Comments 0

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Sunday Mass

With Sunday Mass suspended at least one venue more suspensions are likely to follow as the Catholic Church responds to the coronavirus. The dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland, Father Peter Tipene has already announced that he is suspending all Sunday Masses. He says the 7 am and 12.15 pm weekday Masses will continue Read more

A time of solidarity and reflection – Cardinal Dew Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020
Covid-19

There’s a whole range of things that people can do, both to prevent the Covid-19 virus from taking hold, but also to be supportive of people who might contract the disease.” Cardinal John Dew the archbishop of Wellington told Vatican News. He said this is a time when people need to be ready to help Read more

Abortion law Bill: Safe Zones rejected Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
abortion

Justice Minister Andrew Little will not try to re-introduce “safe zones” into his abortion legalisation bill after a mix up removed them. “The safe zone provision was always the most marginally supported,” Little said. The abortion law bill was going through the committee stage on Tuesday evening and into the early hours of Wednesday. ACT Read more

3000 attend episcopal ordination of Michael Gielen Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Gielen

Michael Gielen was ordained and installed as auxiliary bishop of Auckland on Saturday. More than 3,000 filled the Vodafone Events Centre. The events centre was needed because so many people wanted to attend, the cathedral was not big enough. Bishop Michael was ordained to be his long-needed assistant by Bishop Pat Dunn, Bishop of Auckland. Read more

COVID-19: Pope’s NZ ambassador self-isolates Comments 0

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
COVID-19

Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, the apostolic nuncio to New Zealand, has self-isolated after a recent trip to Italy. His move is in line with guidance from New Zealand authorities to help prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. On 2 March the New Zeland Government recommended that people who have been in northern Italy or the Republic Read more

Ill Pope cancels public appearances Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The Vatican denies Pope Francis has the Coronavirus, calling it a “slight indisposition”. Pope Francis fell sick in Rome — a day after publically shaking pilgrim’s hands and kissing babies; his usual practice. Since then he has cancelled several public appearances including three larger audiences with groups but has continued private audiences. On Sunday Francis Read more

Child poverty risks being ingrained, action needed Comments 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
child poverty

The Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Julianne Hickey is calling for action from politicial leaders to address child poverty in New Zealand. Stats NZ figures show there has been an increase in material hardship and Hickey warns child poverty risks becoming ingrained. In voicing its concern, Caritas points out that 4100 more children living Read more