Friday, April 3, 2020

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Pope Francis to give Urbi et Orbi blessing

Pope Francis is leading a prayer from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome today March 27 (March 28 ,6 am NZ time) where he will confer a...

NZ priest in Italy: Pray for those suffering

Italy has been one of the countries hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with 15,113 confirmed cases and more than 1000 deaths as of March 12. 

Churches close as country transitions to Covid-19 Alert Level 4

Churches in New Zealand will be closed as the government moves to put the country in complete lockdown tomorrow. Wellington Cardinal John Dew told NZ...

Jesus’ life remains open to us – bishops

New Zealand Catholic bishops are reminding the faithful that even though they cannot come to Masses, “the life of Jesus Christ… remains open to us”.

Bishops temporarily suspend all Masses

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops announced the suspension of all Masses and public liturgical gatherings due to the strong government restrictions on public gatherings to counter the...

Fun and faith with a medieval theme

by DANIEL CÔTÉ DAVIS A group of 47 Catholic young people from various parts of New Zealand had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ...

Auckland Cathedral suspends Sunday Masses

St Patrick's Cathedral in Auckland is suspending all Sunday Masses following the government's announcement to limit indoor gatherings to 100 people. Cathedral Dean Pa...

Limit on gatherings to impact Sunday Masses

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has said the Government’s recent announcement limiting the number of people at gatherings indoors to 100 will have "significant implications for Sunday Mass...

Bishops deeply disappointed at new law’s disregard for rights of unborn

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are deeply disappointed that the New Zealand Parliament last night passed the Abortion Legislation Bill by a margin of 68 to 51.

Cathedral meals help out Hamilton’s needy

Being able to have a tasty, nutritious, hot-cooked meal once a week makes a world of difference to the people at the Hamilton Cathedral community meal.

Church agencies call for action on income, housing

Catholic agencies have called on the Government to address income and housing issues that impact the poorest people in New Zealand society. The...

Tips for music ministers from across the ditch

Music ministers should grow to love the sound of a singing assembly above all else, said top Australian music liturgist Michael Mangan. Mr...

Planting the seeds for future Church leaders

The new tertiary education organisation, Te Kupenga — The Catholic Leadership Institute, plans to widen its net by reaching out to youth as well as to people...

Bishop Dunn says Papakura parishioners being contacted after Covid-19 diagnosis

The Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, confirmed he was advised on March 14 that a parishioner at St Mary’s church in Papakura was diagnosed with the Covid-19...

COVID-19 pandemic prompts new NZ Mass guidelines

After receiving advice from the Ministry of Health, the NZ Catholic bishops have issued new guidelines to dioceses and parishes asking them to stop distributing communion...

Deacon Dad proud of his bishop son

For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, the son of a permanent deacon has been ordained as a...

Married priest issue still up for discussion

A New Zealand theologian has said that what Pope Francis has done with his post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon region is unexpected, but it fits with what...

Pope entrusts world threatened by coronavirus pandemic to Mary

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis entrusted to Jesus' mother the suffering and anguish of millions of people...

Irish eyes smiling – Sister chalks up a century

In 1938, the young Ellen Murphy was waving goodbye to her sister Finbarr who was leaving Ireland for New Zealand to become a Mercy Sister.

Nuncio to NZ in self-isolation as COVID-19 precaution

Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, the apostolic nuncio to New Zealand, has self-isolated after a recent trip to Italy, in line with guidance from New Zealand authorities to help prevent the...

Cardinal urges protection of faiths and conscience

Cardinal John Dew urged New Zealanders on Waitangi Day to recommit to protecting the beliefs of followers of all religions and of non-religious people.

New tabernacle because of security concerns

by JEFF DILLON A newly-installed tabernacle in the Moran Chapel in Dunedin was recently blessed by Bishop Michael Dooley, and this was followed by...

Coronavirus crisis prompts prayers at Mass

The novel coronavirus emergency in China and other countries was the subject of prayers at the Auckland Chinese Catholic Community Lunar New Year Mass.

Abortion bill process panned by pro-life groups

The release of the report by the Abortion Legislation Bill select committee on February 14 has seen complaints about the process undertaken. The...

Let this Lent be a season of grace and insight

1 March: First Sunday of Lent. Readings: 1. Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm: 51; 2. Romans 5:12-19; Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11. How we deal with temptation, while living the life of...

A reflection on Querida Amazonia – Bishop Stephen Lowe

Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si’, on care for our common home, the earth, continued the tradition of the prophets and of popes before him who have spoken...

Papakura parish history told officially

On December 7 last year, exactly 92 years after it was formed, St Mary’s parish, Papakura, launched its official history book title Living Stones Building a Spiritual...

Keeping hope alive at Bethlehem University

Keeping hope alive for the Palestinian students of Bethlehem University is one of the biggest challenges for vice-chancellor Br Peter Bray, FSC, because the students’ way to...

Milestone for Dunedin’s last Christian Brother

by JEFF DILLON The only Christian Brother left in Dunedin, Br Graeme Donaldson, CFC, celebrated his 70th jubilee of his religious profession on...

First Mass on NZ soil commemorated

by WIGA AUTET More than 300 tangata whenua (locals) and manuhiri (guests) gathered at Totara Point in Hokianga on Sunday, January 12, to...