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Christchurch bishop Paul Martin appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington Comments 0

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021
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Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin SM, as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington. The appointment was announced in Rome overnight and comes into effect immediately. Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew says he is delighted with the appointment, which comes at a time of a heavy workload in the Wellington Diocese. Read more

Palmerston North diocese functioning well without a bishop Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The Palmerston North diocese is working well, even without a bishop. The diocese has a positive vision for the coming year says newly appointed general manager, Liam Greer. Greer told parishioners in a presentation around the diocese that the diocese’s prime focus is its mission. “One of the best questions (during the presentation) that was Read more

State-Integrated schools take government to court over funding Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

State-Integrated schools are taking the government to court because it is refusing to give them millions of dollars of extra property funding. State-Integrated schools were left out when the government announced at the end of last year it was giving state schools $400 million to spend on their buildings as part of a wider package Read more

Burglars steal donated food and gifts from Vinnies Comments 0

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

The Parish Priest of the Palmerston North Cathedral, Fr Joe Grayland, is thanking the local people and businesses for replacing many of the donated Christmas goods and much of the food, stolen over the weekend. “Their generosity has been outstanding, and it restores my faith in human nature”, he says. “They will literally help make Read more

Born at 23 weeks – survival is possible Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Twin brothers Declan and Riley Colquhoun were born very early. At just 23 weeks and one day into her pregnancy their mother gave birth to them by caesarean section in Wellington. Their eyes still fused shut, they were put straight on ventilators, with their mum Kathryn Hutchinson and her partner Chris Colquhoun not able to Read more

Ardern an example of a successful leader Pope says Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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In his new book Let Us Dream, Pope Francis recognises the success of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. “The countries with women as presidents or prime ministers have on the whole reacted better and more quickly than others, making decisions swiftly and communicating them with empathy,” he says. By way of Read more

Cardinal-elect renounces episcopal ordination to remain a “simple priest” Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

A Franciscan cardinal-elect says he doesn’t want to be ordained as a bishop. He says he wants to continue being “simple priest” who is allowed to die in his Franciscan habit. Friar Raniero Cantalamessa (86) says he has asked Pope Francis “for a dispensation from episcopal ordination.” “The bishop’s job is to be a shepherd Read more

Huge increases in people without paid work Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Thousands of the 27,000 New Zealanders who ceased receiving the 12-week COVID-19 Income Relief Payments (CIRP) have not returned paid work. The Salvation Army says although the application period for CIRP ended last week, only one in ten people who have finished their CIRP are in work. Some people have been able to transition onto Read more

Call for laity to be involved in appointment of bishops Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Swiss bishop of Basel, Felix Gmür, is calling for the laity to be involved in the appointment of bishops. Gmür says the Church’s history shows that over time there have been different election procedures for bishops. “It was only with the publication of the ecclesiastical code of law (CIC) in 1917 that the right to Read more

Sex abuse rumours about ex-cardinal not seriously investigated Comments 0

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Ongoing sex abuse rumors about disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick were never properly investigated, a Vatican report into his conduct says. Barely challenged, the US clergyman (pictured) ascended the Catholic hierarchy to become a cardinal – a prince of the Church. He used personal contacts to help him along the way. When challenged, he protested his Read more