Posts Tagged ‘Oceania’

St Peter Chanel, the first martyr of Oceania Comments 0

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

St Peter Chanel was born on 12 July 1803, the fifth of eight children, in a farming family with a small-holding in south-eastern France. The area was still troubled by the political instability that followed the Revolution. That, plus the need to help on the farm, meant his primary schooling was rather fragmented. In his Read more

Cardinal Nichols praises move away from eurocentric Church Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The meetings and the work of the Synod of Bishops have slowly contributed to the dissolving of “our Euro-centric vision not only of the world but also of the Church”, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols. He used his address at the commemoration of the 50 anniversary of the Synod of Bishops last month to praise the Read more

NZ should use its voice at UN to get climate change funding for Pacific Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

New Zealand should use its voice at the UN to get more international climate change funding to the Pacific communities that most need it says the director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Julianne Hickey. “At United Nations level we certainly need for there to be a commitment from the countries that are causing the environmental challenges Read more

Saints, pigs and the Bishop of PNG Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Stepping over a pig about to be slaughtered while accompanying the relic of a potential saint may seem a somewhat unusual piece of Church business. But for Bishop of Papua New Guinea’s Kimbe province Capuchin Bill Fey such events are not especially unusual. “On that instance, I was part of a procession carrying a relic of Read more

Oceania Catholics’ strong community Comments 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Last month Wellington hosted the four-yearly plenary assembly of the bishops of the Federation of Catholic Bishops of Oceania (FCBCO). But it would be no surprise if anyone attending the opening Mass thought they had been carried off to the Pacific Islands, with the vibrant contribution of the Samoan and Tokelauan communities. It was one Read more

Gathering from across Oceania Comments 0

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

Oceania Bishops welcomed in Wellington Comments 0

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The haunting sound of the conch shell welcomed more than 80 Bishops from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Pacific Island nations and New Zealand at a powhiri (welcome ceremony) in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington New Zealand last Monday. The Mass that followed incorporated some aspects of the pasifika cultures that are Read more

Oceania seminary rectors’ meeting in Guam Comments 0

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Representatives from sixteen seminaries in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and Guam have been meeting at The Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam for their annual Oceania Seminary Rectors’ Meeting. “What we have in common is the Pacific, the ocean. I think it is great that we can share a Read more

Federation of Oceania Catholic Bishops’ Conferences meet Comments 0

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The Executive Committee of the Oceania Catholic Bishops’ conferences met in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 24 to 25 March. There are two bishops from each of the four Conferences on the Executive. The Committee members Expressed their solidarity and that of their Conferences with Bishop Jones and the people of Christchurch.  All the bishops have experienced Read more