Posts Tagged ‘NZ Bishops’

Catholic Church freely chose to be included in Royal Commission

Thursday, February 8th, 2024

The bishops and congregational leaders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, dispute claims on social media that the Catholic Church did not freely choose to be included in the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care. Comments on social media also say the Church “actually made excuses not to be included” and it “fought Read more

Globally groundbreaking NZ bishops

Monday, October 17th, 2022

The new pastoral guidelines concerning gender and sexuality are “groundbreaking”, says New Ways Ministry’s Robert Shine. Primarily targeting Catholic educators, “Aroha and Diversity in Catholic Schools” is the opposite of so many policies which have harmed students and upset school communities in recent years, Shine comments. The document clearly shows the bishops’ core concern is Read more

Ash Wednesday on Sunday! COVID continues to disrupt

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Ash Wednesday on Sunday is a possibility. Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Patrick Dunn identified the option in messages to pastoral leaders and people in their respective dioceses. “If the Alert Level changes back to Level 1 on Wednesday night, we will look at having the belling and distribution of the ashes at Masses next Read more

Appointment of new bishop for Palmerston North could take some time

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

A new bishop is yet to be appointed for the Palmerston North Diocese. It could take some time. Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, is still the apostolic administrator of Palmerston North pending the appointment of a new bishop by Pope Francis. Read more

NZ Catholic bishops reflect on life

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Praising God for the gift of life is common to all world religions. Deep down in the heart of every person is the knowledge that life is precious and often fragile. The worldwide human family recently experienced this belief as we watched with bated breath the heart-warming rescue mission of the Thai boys trapped in Read more

NZ bishops support Kiwi military trainers going to Iraq

Friday, February 27th, 2015

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have backed the New Zealand Government’s decision to deploy military personnel to help train Iraqi forces. The bishops released a statement on February 24, the same day Prime Minister John Key officially announced the deployment of up to 143 personnel. The deployment, likely in partnership with Australia, will probably start in Read more

Gathering from across Oceania

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The bishops of Oceania are assembling in Wellington, the largest gathering of bishops in New Zealand since the Federation of Bishops Conferences of Oceania’s first meeting in Auckland in 1994. Pope John Paul II wrote his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Oceania in 2001 specifically for the church in this part of the world under the protection of Read more

NZ Catholic education system – New document from Bishops

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has produced a document about the Catholic education system in New Zealand. Catholic Education of School-Age Children outlines the Bishops thoughts about the Catholic education network, the principles which they believe should always underpin its operation and their concerns and hopes for the young people who move through it. The Read more

New Zealand bishops welcome election of Pope Francis

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Election of new Pope brings great joy for NZ Catholic Church New Zealand Catholic Bishops awoke this morning to the message ‘Habemus Papem’ we have a Pope and the presentation of newly elected Pope Francis with joy, and excitement. “We’ve been prayerfully watching the Conclave and awaiting an announcement of a new Pope with hope Read more

Roman Missal and Breviary now available on Kindle

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

A Vatican consultant with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has now released the iBreviary for the Kindle. Already available for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and Android, iBreviary contains the complete Roman Missal, all prayers of the Daily Office, Mass readings and all prayers said and sung during Mass throughout the liturgical years. Read more