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New ministry models challenge NZ priests Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Parishes around the world are emptying, ageing, sleeping and dying. According to Fr James Mallon, it does not have to be this way. Mallon, a Canadian priest, last week spoke to New Zealand’s diocesan priests in Christchurch to explore what he calls “Divine Renovation.” The present century demands new models of ministry and new ways Read more

Dunedin’s Dooley meets the Pope Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Dunedin’s Bishop, Michael Dooley met with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday. Bishop Dooley (top left) is among the 74 newly-appointed bishops from 34 countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America including those as diverse as Algeria, Myanmar, Cameroon and Indonesia attending a 12-day seminar learning about the roles and responsibilities of bishops. Bishop Read more

NZ Catholic Bishops express support for Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

On Friday the New Zealand Catholic Bishops wrote to Pope Francis to encourage and support the Holy Father. President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Patrick Dunn, wrote: “Our priests and our people, and we ourselves, appreciate greatly all that you are doing to highlight the Joy of the Gospel. “We are grateful Read more

Pacific’s ‘Guantanamo’ loomed over Nauru summit Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The presence of the asylum seekers detention centre loomed large at the four-day Pacific Forum meeting in Nauru last week. There have been calls from human rights groups such as Amnesty International to close a facility it calls “a stain on the region.” Prior to the meeting, Amnesty released an open letter co-signed by 80 Read more

Hato Petera closed Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Catholic Bishop of Auckland and the proprietor of Hato Petera College believes that the cancellation of the College’s Integration Agreement is in the best interests of students. The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and the Bishop have agreed that the College will close on 31 August 2018. In making the announcement Read more

Cardinal Dew says concrete actions will follow apology for abuse Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Cardinal John Dew says the Catholic Church will follow up Pope Francis’ apology to victims of clerical abuse with “concrete actions” to ensure children are protected and perpetrators are held to account. Dew, the archbishop of Wellington New Zealand, was speaking to The Irish Times on the fringes of a pastoral conference on The Future Read more

Pope dismisses accusations by ex-papal envoy Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Pope Francis has dismissed the accusations of a former Vatican ambassador that he covered up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Francis says an 11-page document of claims released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò “speaks for itself”. Asked about the letter from  in a press conference aboard the Aug. 26 flight back to Rome after his visit to Ireland, Francis Read more

NZ Catholic Bishops’ statement resonates with Francis’ letter Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome the letter this week to the People of God from Pope Francis asking forgiveness for the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults perpetrated by clergy and consecrated persons. As Pope Francis notes, these heinous crimes inflict deep wounds on the victims themselves and on their family members, and Read more

Sir Bill and Dr Mary English make submissions on euthanasia Comments 0

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Former New New Zealand prime minister the Right Honourable Sir Bill English and his wife Dr Mary English made a submission to a parliamentary committee considering the End of Life Choice Bill last Thursday. Mary English has worked as a general practitioner for 28 years. She has a practice in the inner Wellington suburb of Kelburn. They Read more

Celebrity chef priest and Martin Bosley will be sharing a plate Comments 0

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and tv show host, Father Leo Patalinghug, is a multi-talented man with a unique message. And it all centres around food and God’s love. Patalinghug will be sharing this message, complete with a live cooking demonstration at the Family Banquet conference organised by the Read more