New Zealand

The “High Sparrow” takes on the role of Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

A New Zealand-born novelist, filmmaker and playwright Anthony McCartin has written a play examining the unusual situation in which there are two living Popes. In a soon-to-be-made Netflix movie version of the play, Jonathan Pryce, who played the role of the High Sparrow in season 6 of The Game of Thrones, will play the part Read more

DHB tells employee not to attend Social Justice forum Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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MidCentral District Health Board instructed a Palmerston North social worker not to attend a social justice workshop. The forum was run by the Palmerston North Catholic Diocesan Justice, Peace and Development Commission in collaboration with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand as part of Social Justice Week activities. As part of a general election candidates’ debate, social Read more

A challenge at election time: Pope says pray for all leaders Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Pope Francis recently asked his congregation for a favour. Make an examination of conscience and ask yourself if you pray for your leaders. Not just the ones you like, but all leaders. “And if you find in your examination of conscience that you have not prayed for your leaders, bring it to confession. Because not Read more

St Michael’s Catholic School received $2000 for art education Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

In Rotorua, almost $27K has been available for local arts initiatives St Michael’s Catholic School received $2000 in funding in February and has recently completed its project. Continue reading   [You need to scroll down]

Caritas responds to worldwide emergencies Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a devastating year due to environment-related disasters. From severe monsoon rains in South Asia, to Mexicos record-breaking 8.1 magnitude earthquake, to the recent destruction of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, events … Caritas responds to worldwide emergencies. Continue reading

Art exhibition – The Nun and the Poet : Jerusalem Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Space Gallery’s exhibition in Whanganui, The Nun & The Poet: Jerusalem, includes etchings, woodcuts and photographs created by Michaela Stoneman during and after her times spent at Hiruharama (Jerusalem) on the Whanganui river. There is a companion booklet with writings from Baxter, Aubert, Mere Hohepa, Jessie Munro and others as well as Stoneman’s own writing. Read more

Election – 5 political parties respond to NZ Bishops’ issues Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

In July the New Zealand Catholic Bishops issued a statement about the 2017 General Election. Entitled Step Out and Vote, the statement encourages Catholics as faith-based citizens to make a difference to New Zealand’s future through informed and considered voting in the upcoming election. The Bishops put forward specific ideas that encourage questions and thinking among voters to help Read more

Poverty and Justice Bible a great success – Cardinal Dew Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Poverty and Justice Bible has been a great success for Bible Society New Zealand and for the Catholic Church in New Zealand in schools and parishes. It has been wonderful to see how many people have bought a Poverty and Justice Bible, which has meant that for every Bible bought another has been given away Read more

Sir Pat Goodman farewelled in home town of Motueka Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The prominent businessman Sir Patrick Goodman, who turned his family baking business in Motueka into a global enterprise, was laid to rest in his hometown of Motueka on Monday. Sir Patrick Goodman was the founding chairman of Quality Bakers New Zealand, which merged with Fielder Gillespie Davis and Allied Mills of Australia and Wattie Industries to become Read more

Fatima Centenary celebrated during October Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

During September and October, The Legion of Mary is holding a number of special events to mark the centenary of Fatima. Activities include a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Meadowbank (Auckland) Click here for more information