Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand Catholic bishops’

Covid-19 Level 1: Each diocese and parish to decide measures Comments 0

Monday, June 15th, 2020
Covid-19 Level 1

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops met last Friday to discuss how COVID-19 Level 1 was working in their respective dioceses. They noted there were differences between some dioceses and even between some churches – for example, some churches allowed Communion from the Chalice, others did not. So they decided there was no need to issue Read more

Mass can be celebrated again but with conditions Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
100 may gather

On Monday the prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced that beginning Friday up to 100 may gather in places of worship. Following the prime minister’s announcement  Mass –  restricted to 100 people –  is able to resume from this Friday at noon. On Monday night Steve Lowe, Bishop of Hamilton and New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference Read more

Bishops ask parish priests to consult as they prepare for Alert Level Two Comments 0

Thursday, May 7th, 2020
alert level two

The New Zeland Catholic Bishops have suggested that parish priests consult with each other and with their parish councils about how they can provide the sacraments and pastoral care when COVID-19 Alert Level Two is announced. The bishops believe that each parish will need its own approach to ensure continued the safety of both the Read more

We have been seduced – NZ Bishops Comments 0

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

In their Easter Pastoral Letter, the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand say that during the lockdown New Zealanders have realised that they have been seduced by busyness, the pursuit of trivial things and of taking for granted the important things of life. They hope and pray that post lockdown people will work together to build Read more

We do not have to leave the house to find God Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020
find god

At the heart of our faith is the fact that in Jesus, God comes to us. We do not have to leave home to find God. “In these days, in Jesus, God is coming to us, seeking to encounter us in the confines of our own homes,” said the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand in Read more

Pastoral care practice must not risk COVID-19 transmission Comments 0

Saturday, March 28th, 2020
pastoral care

The archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew said consideration must be given to the Covid-19 level 4 regulations when practising pastoral care. He said there is a need to be pastorally close to the sick person and their family but not risk further virus transmission. “The regulations around movement are to absolutely minimise the possibility Read more

Human sexuality education in Aotearoa. A new framing document Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
sexuality education

The National Centre for Religious Studies has produced a new framing document for Catholic Schools and the wider Aotearoa Catholic community on human sexuality education. The document is titled He Anga Whakamārama – Te Mātauranga Hōkakatanga: He puka ārahi mā ngā hapori Katorika o Aotearoa (Framing Document – Human Sexuality Education: A guide for Catholic Read more

White Island tradgedy: NZ Bishops statement Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Along with all New Zealanders, we are deeply distressed and saddened by the tragedy of the volcanic eruption at Whakaari/White Island. Our prayers are for those whose lives have been lost, and for the injured, conscious that their injuries are of a most serious and painful nature. We cannot begin to imagine the grief and Read more

NZ Bishops meet well-remembered nuncio during Rome Ad Limina Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
ad limina

Last week, the New Zealand bishops in Rome for their Ad Limina visit met the fondly remembered former papal nuncio Archbishop Angelo Acerbi. Acerbi’s diplomatic career included being held hostage by guerillas in Colombia and becoming the first nuncio to Hungary after the end of communism. Now 94, Acerbi is retired and lives in the Read more

New Zealand bishops meet Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
ad limina

The New Zealand Catholic bishops met Pope Francis for an 80-minute private audience in the Vatican on Monday 28 October during their Ad Limina visit to Rome. Pope Francis told the bishops to raise any topic and be free with their comments, said Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton, secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference. Read more