Posts Tagged ‘Holy Land’

Good Friday collection for holy places falls short Comments 1

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Good Friday Collection

The Good Friday collection for the holy places is taken up in every Catholic parish in New Zealand. Catholics in New Zealand have given more than $840,000 to the upkeep of sacred sites in the Holy Land over the past six years, but contributions to the annual collection are falling. In 2012 the collection raised Read more

Robbing the church at the site of Christ’s Transfiguration disgusts Comments 0

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Robbing the church at the site of Christ’s Transfiguration has drawn disgusted comments. Leading Holy Land Christians called the burglary at the site “a heinous crime and an act that violates the sanctity of the Holy Sites”. They have asked the police to conduct an investigation. They hope the police will “seriously look into the matter Read more

Israeli restrictions for Holy Week worry Christians Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Restrictions imposed by the Israeli government are preventing Christians from worshipping freely in the Holy Land this Holy Week. Yusef Daher, secretary-general of the Jerusalem Interchurch Center, said the network of Israeli police barriers disrupt the flow and number of people who are able to reach the church of the Holy Sepulchre for Good Friday Read more

Peace in the Holy Land — an elusive dream Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

As Christians around the world prepare during Advent to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, much of the world is at war and preparing for more war – more bombs, more drones, more boots on the ground. From the drug cartel war in Mexico, to the civil war in South Sudan, to the Read more

Kiwi Catholic teachers learn about the Holocaust Comments 0

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Three directors of religious studies from New Zealand Catholic schools took an opportunity in January to study the Jewish Holocaust. The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand awarded scholarships to Adele Churchman of Roncalli College in Timaru, Colin Macleod of Kavanagh College in Dunedin and Dan Stollenwerk from St Peter’s College in Auckland. The three visited Read more

Legionaries of Christ likens disgraced founder to Mary Magdalene Comments 0

Friday, August 29th, 2014

A booklet promoting a major pilgrimage complex in Galilee has likened the Legionaries of Christ’s disgraced founder to St Mary Magdalene. The conservative order’s founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, was a sexual predator, abusing young seminarians and living a double life that included fathering three children by two women from Mexico. He was dismissed from Read more

Peace summit, no peace Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Hours before he convened an unprecedented Vatican prayer service for peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis told a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that “a church that doesn’t have the capacity to surprise… is a dying church.” By that standard, Francis showed that Catholicism on his watch is alive and kicking by delivering Read more

Return to Nicaea for Christian leaders? Comments 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Mark your calendars: In 2025, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians may return to Nicaea, the spot in modern-day Turkey where Christianity was literally defined. In 325, early followers of Jesus came together to figure out what it means to be a Christian; the goal was to create theological consensus across all of Christendom. This Read more

We are all ‘Francis’ now Comments 1

Friday, May 30th, 2014

There were many striking images during the extraordinary 72 hours that Pope Francis spent in the Middle East. The Pope at the River Jordan, visiting with Syrian refugees, celebrating mass in Bethlehem, praying at the separation wall, uniting with the Ecumenical Patriarch, visiting the Dome of the Rock, leaving a note at the Western Wall, Read more

Pope says ‘never again’ at Jerusalem Holocaust memorial Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014

During the final day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis made an emotional visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. On May 26, the Pope kissed the hands of half a dozen Holocaust survivors and heard their stories of persecution by the Nazis. He left an inscription in the Yad Read more