Posts Tagged ‘NZ Catholic Bishops Conference’

New Zealand Catholics wish Pope Francis a speedy and full recovery

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The Vatican is describing Pope Francis recovery from colon surgery as “regular and satisfactory.” Spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the 84-year-old pope was eating regularly and that he was no longer receiving medication intravenously. The final results of a biopsy on the removed part of the colon confirmed that the pontiff had Read more

Aotearoa-NZ renews dedication in ‘Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way’

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Complex messaging surrounding the renewing of the country’s dedication to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and the creation of a National Shrine has been clarified at a special meeting of the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference. One element of the messaging surrounds the translation of the shrine’s name which was corrected then confirmed by the bishops Read more

All New Zealand Catholics will get a say in upcoming synod

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

The NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference says the views of all New Zealand Catholics will be sought during an expanded Synod of Bishops’ process announced by the pope. “Pope Francis has frequently called for the bishops, priests and people to walk together in a common mission of the Church,” says Conference president Cardinal John Dew. “He Read more

NZ bishops welcome new Canon Law covering priests and laity

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have welcomed Pope Francis’ approval of changes to the Church’s Code of Canon Law which toughens and extends sanctions against sexual abuse. Bishop Stephen Lowe, secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, says the new code makes it clear that bishops must take decisive action when abuse is reported to them. Read more

NZ Catholic bishops set date to discuss new lay Catechist ministry

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand will discuss the new lay Catechist ministry at their meeting in October. Pope Francis announced the new ministry this month. NZ Catholic Bishops Conference secretary, Bishop Stephen Lowe, says the bishops have received many questions since the pope’s announcement. Many of these have been about the formation of Read more

NZ bishops urging everyone to have covid vaccine

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops Conference is urging everyone to have a covid vaccine when it becomes available. Conference President Cardinal Dew says the bishops took their advice about vaccines from reputable doctors, scientists and the bishops’ own bioethics agency, the Nathaniel Centre. “Everyone, including Catholics, has a moral responsibility to protect themselves and others by Read more