Posts Tagged ‘Christchurch Catholic Cathedral’

Restore Catholic Christchurch Basilica says USA writer Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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A writer living in the United States has made a plea for the Catholic Christchurch Basilica to be restored. Writing in First Things, Stephen Schmalhofer opines: “Let us hope that Macauley’s unknown traveler will arrive with plenty of practice sketching the restored cathedral domes in Christchurch. “To honor the blood and sweat of the missionary New Zealand Church and Read more

Interactive panels bring earthquake damaged Catholic Cathedral to life Comments 0

Monday, March 27th, 2017
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Interactive panels erected outside the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch will give visitors a video and pictorial view of the Catholic basilica’s history and also the damage sustained in the earthquakes. The 12 panels, four of which have been printed with an interactive QR code, have created a timeline from 1860 to the Read more

Christchurch waits for new bishop to approve Cathedral re-build Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017

The Catholic diocese of Christchurch is waiting for the appointment of a new Bishop to get approval  for the restoration of the earthquake damaged Cathedral. “We are ready to go in a sense, but we can’t do anything that compromises the bishop’s decision,” said the administrator of the Christchurch Diocese Fr Rick Loughnan. He said Read more

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral rebuild – it’s good news so far Comments 0

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Recent engineering and geotechnical reports are showing “positive” signs for the future of Christchurch’s quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, officials claim. Preliminary reports on the land and foundations on which Christchurch’s Catholic Cathedral sits are positive. The detailed content of the reports has not been made public yet. Property and Development Manager Keith Beal says Read more

Cathedral Restoration – Diocese calls in expert from USA Comments 0

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Christchurch diocese is calling on international expertise to make sure the restoration of its earthquake damaged cathedral, if possible, is consistent with Catholic traditions. American architect James McCrery arrived from Washington DC this week and saw the cathedral for the first time on Tuesday. In an article in the NationaL Catholic Register McCrery is Read more

Decontruction of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral approved Comments 0

Friday, September 4th, 2015

CERA has given its approval under Section 38 to take down parts of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch New Zealand. The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch has capped the cost for this first stage of the restoration at $45 million. It is seeking to fundraise raise $15 million of that total. The proposed Read more

Catholic cathedral restoration waiting on CERA approval Comments 1

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Plans to retain and restore parts of the Catholic cathedral could be jeopardised by approval delays, Christchurch diocese leaders claim. In June, the diocese applied to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) for a section 38 notice. They had expected a decision in weeks but are still waiting approval. A section 38 notice would give Read more

A tale of two Churches Comments 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Comparisons between the progress made at Barbadoes St and in Cathedral Square are unhelpful, but perhaps inevitable, says an editorial in the Christchurch newspaper, The Press. The editorial explains how public reaction to the two Churches has differed and suggest the reason can be found in their history and current use. Since the earthquakes, debate Read more

Lighting of Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament a sign of hope Comments 0

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Something beautiful happened in Barbados St recently The Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament was once more illuminated, its sacred magnificence shining out to the city, proclaiming “Ecce Tabernaculum Dei cum Hominibus” (behold the dwelling place of God among His peoples’). A recording of a choir singing a Thomas Tallis motet played as many people gathered Read more

CHCH diocese earthquake repair assessment 75% completed Comments 1

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The process for developing concepts for repair / strengthening of churches in the diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, is approximately 75%  completed. Since the earthquakes in in 2010 and 2011, the Diocese  has been working with engineering consultants OPUS in assessing and learning to understand the impact that the earthquakes have had on diocesan property. Read more