Posts Tagged ‘church property’

Buyer found for historic St Andrews Church in South Canterbury

Monday, February 13th, 2023

The sold sign has gone up on the 120-year-old Catholic church in the St Andrews township south of Timaru. “We are very happy, the church is happy,” parish priest, Father Chris Friel said. “There will be a farewell liturgy, a gathering and mass to say goodbye in the near future. “No date has been arranged Read more

Church land sale sees cardinal in court

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
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A top court in the southern Indian state of Kerala has demanded a cardinal appear to face questions over his alleged involvement in the sale of Church lands. The Kerela High Court dismissed an appeal by Cardinal George Alencherry seeking exemption from appearing in a district court. The decision means the head of Eastern rite Read more

Waimate parish selling old convent as it downsizes

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Waimate’s former convent building is headed for auction as the St Patrick’s Parish looks to downsize. The parish’s finance committee chairman Peter Hughes said the 55-year-old building on a 1793 square metre section and a neighbouring 2583 sq m section were “surplus to requirements” and would be auctioned on November 26. Read more

Wairarapa Church expected to remain open

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Cardinal John Dew, June, announced that St Joseph’s Catholic church at Riversdale Beach would be sold along with three other churches in the Wairarapa. Since then, consultations have taken place between the cardinal and the Riversdale Beach Charitable Trust about the church’s status. According to Trustee Neil Prichard, a sale was unlikely to happen. He Read more

Church property tax in Jerusalem: no way!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Church leaders in Jerusalem have reacted strongly to paying church property tax. Churches have been exempt from paying property tax for centuries. “The civil authorities have always recognised and respected the great contribution of the Christian churches, which invest billions in building schools, hospitals, and homes, many for the elderly and disadvantaged in the Holy Read more

Anglican Church for sale in Point Chevalier

Monday, February 20th, 2017

A 99-year-old church for sale in Point Chevalier has a multi-million dollar CV. The Church of the Ascension in Point Chevalier, which closed for worship in July, was put on the market earlier this month. The 2004sqm Dignan St section has three buildings including the church, a vicarage and church hall. Continue reading

Church sells Silverdale land

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Diocese of Auckland is selling a 1.1643ha site in Silverdale. The Diocese has owned the site since 1999 when it purchased a 22.245ha farm. The General manager of the Diocese, Kerry Coleman, said the land was purchased with the long term strategy of accommodating future Catholic primary and secondary schools and a parish centre. Read more

Overdue Vatican-Israeli accord nearing agreement

Friday, February 1st, 2013

A long-overdue diplomatic agreement between the Vatican and Israel is finally near completion, according to a senior Israeli negotiator. The Vatican-Israeli accord, under negotiation since 1993, is intended to establish the juridical rights of the Catholic Church in Israel. The agreement also covers the issue of expropriating Church property for infrastructure purposes, with a reported Read more

Selling Catholic Church property to those of other Faiths

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I have previously written about the Catholic Church’s need to be realistic about its property needs — in terms of schools, churches and presbyteries. If a property is no longer needed or the revenue generated from its sale would be a better use of the asset, assuming it’s not going to be disproportionately detrimental to Read more