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St Vincent de Paul “Free Week” timed just right Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

This week the South Dunedin St Vincent de Paul Shop put no limit on what people can take. “No one has gone over the top, they only took what they need”, St Vincent de Paul area president, Lynlea Forbes told CathNews. “The generosity of people abounds”, she said. Forbes told CathNews that because it is Read more

Man at Pope’s house tests COVID-positive Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

A man living in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has returned a COVID-positive test. The Vatican says those with whom the symptomless man had direct contact are in quarantine, as is he. The man is the first to test COVID-positive at the Santa Marta residence – which has about 130 rooms and suites Read more

Free school lunch scheme disadvantages some including Catholic schools Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A $220 million increase in funds for free school lunches looks set to divide communities, with some schools joining the scheme while nearby schools miss out. About 640 schools have been invited to join the scheme next year. At present 221 schools are benefiting from the scheme. Sixty are in the pilot regions of the Read more

Pope repeatedly passes on wearing mask in public Comments 0

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Pope Francis’ repeated non-use of a face mask is again in focus as Four Swiss Guards test positive for COVID-19. The four are in isolation while their contacts are being traced, the Vatican said Monday. The Swiss Guards provide ceremonial guard duty during papal Masses, man the Vatican gates and help protect the 83-year-old Pope Read more

Judith Collins adds to euthanasia referendum confusion Comments 0

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Concern is mounting that people voting in the euthanasia referendum may not realise what they are voting for. In an interview on Magic Talk on Monday National Party Leader, Judith Collins, seemed to blur the line between managing pain and a deliberate choice for a person to end their life. Asked how she reconciled her Read more

NZ bishops to commission artwork commemorating dedication to Mary Comments 0

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are seeking an artist to create artwork commemorating Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier’s 1838 dedication of the country to Mary the Mother of Jesus. The bishops’ National Liturgy Office has begun advertising for an artist who will create a work incorporating Mary for a special commemoration next August 15, the Feast Day Read more

First male principal in 170 years for Wellington school Comments 0

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Andrew Murray is the new principal of St Mary’s College in Thorndon, Wellington. He is the first man appointed to the role in the 170-year history of the Catholic girls’ secondary school. Murray, pictured above with his wife Benita and their daughter Charlotte, will start his new role at St Mary’s at the beginning of Read more

Francis’ sacking of Cardinal Becciu called “a shocker” Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020

A cardinal sacked by Pope Francis says he is “devastated,” he did not commit any crimes and has had no communication with the Vatican magistrates. Cardinal Angelo Becciu called his downfall “surreal.” Becciu, former ‘substitute’ (No 2) at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and until Friday, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Read more

Speedy ceremonies risk reducing sacramental acts to commodities Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Parishes risk reducing sacramental acts to commodities when they bow to pressure to rush through First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. “Some efforts, often well intentioned, run the risk of reducing the administration of sacramental acts almost to the level of a supermarket in which you can drop in and ‘get the sacrament done.’ “This would Read more

ACT leader David Seymour reminds Catholic Bishops of The Commandments Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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ACT leader David Seymour, Wednesday, issued a reminder to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to keep the Commandments. In a statement on the End of Life Choice Act, Seymour singled out New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops and told them they needed to follow the ninth commandment and to ‘stop bearing false witness against their neighbours in Read more