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Catholic Church leaders welcome inclusion in Royal Commission Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and Catholic religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in the New Zealand Government’s expanded inquiry into the historical abuse of children. On Monday the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced the scope of the inquiry will include faith-based institutions. It will be called the Royal Commission into Historical Read more

Te Wānanga o Raukawa…the story behind Ngāti Kapu carvings Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Recently Te Wānanga o Raukawa opened a building called Te Ara a Tāwhaki. In this building is a central Lecture Theatre called ‘Te Kete Uruuru Rangi.’ It is surrounded by carvings. As part of those carvings, there are sets of ‘pou’ (carved wall features or poles) which express the ancestral links each hapū has. One Read more

New body to facilitate Church’s response to Royal commission Comments 0

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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Catherine Fyfe will chair a group of people who will ensure that the Catholic Church provides a co-ordinated and co-operative response to the Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission. Fyfe is a layperson with extensive experience in human resource management and organisational development. The New Zealand Catholic bishops and the heads of all religious Read more

Would Jesus be protesting about parliamentary prayer? Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
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Would Jesus be protesting about his name being taken out of the parliamentary prayer? asks Aaron Hendry, writing in Spinoff. He says Jesus would have better things to do. “With everything that is going on in this nation, with the gap between rich and poor widening, with our housing crisis forcing more of our whanau Read more

Briefing paper on abortion law – NZ Catholic Bishops respond Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018
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On Friday the Law Commission’s ministerial briefing paper providing advice to the Minister of Justice on proposed changes to the abortion law in New Zealand was released. Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, noted “the paper is substantial and so we need time to read it and give it careful Read more

Bishop delays decision on Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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A decision on the future of the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been delayed to March or April, rather finalised at the end of this year as originally planned. The Bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, said he is still considering whether to restore the cathedral, knock it down and build Read more

Bishops set the record straight on Royal Commission Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are seeking to set the record straight in response to recent reporting that the Church is backing away from actively seeking inclusion in the Government’s Inquiry. The Bishops and representation from Catholic Religious orders wrote to Prime Minister Ardern, Minister Martin and Sir Anand Satyanand in March this year. That Read more

New Joy Cowley book to be launched Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018
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A new book of spiritual reflections by Joy Cowley, one of New Zealand’s favourite and most influential spiritual writers, is to be launched at St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria in Wellington at the end of October. Veil Over The Light – Selected Spiritual Writings by Joy Cowley, will be launched on October 27th at 4pm. Read more

Bishop Lowe moved to hear the stories of young people Comments 0

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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The bishop of Hamilton, Steve Lowe has been posting on Facebook about his experience at the Synod on Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment taking place in Rome. “We have been hearing what they want to say to us, their bishops, of their hopes and dreams for themselves, the Church and the world,” he writes. Read more

Open and lively start to Youth Synod Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018
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Nathanaël Lamataki, a New Caledonia University student (4th-year Law) from Païta parish, is the official representative of the CEPAC Youth at the Bishops Synod. He is pictured above in St Peter’s Square, on the opening day, with a diocesan priest of New Caledonia, Fr Jean-Paul Pouillet, who is having a 3-week break in France. “A great honour Read more