Thursday, December 13, 2018

Retired doctrinal head rejects divisive media portrayal of Pope Francis

DUBLIN (CNS) — The retired head of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation said some media portrayals of Pope Francis risk making him appear as a sign of division in the...

Solemnity of Christ the King at St Benedict’s

As we approach Advent with ever increasing speed, preparing these weeks with family for feasting and giving thanks, let's take a few moments to consider how we'll celebrate this...

CDF reaffirms Church teaching on reception of communion by Catholics who...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Amid rising expectations that the Catholic Church might make it easier for divorced and remarried members to receive Communion, the Vatican's highest doctrinal official reaffirmed...

Pope Francis’s extensive interviews in Jesuit magazines

Here is the link to the full text, in English, of the interviews given by Pope Francis that appeared in Jesuit publications last month. http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview

Retired Pope Benedict writes to atheist

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by...

Pope asks doctors to bear witness to life.

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — “The first right of the human person is his life,” Pope Francis said at a September 20 meeting with members of the International Federation of...

Papal cold calls par for course for Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official. Msgr Dario Vigano,...

Two appointments to The Catholic Institute in NZ

WELLINGTON — The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to announce the dual appointments of Dr Chris Duthie-Jung and Anne Kennedy to the positions of Head of...

Christians will face having to leave Syria if Islamic extremists prevail...

DAMASCUS, Syria (CWN) — The leader of the Melkite Catholic Church has told the AsiaNews service that an American-led assault on Syria would be “a criminal act, which will...

Pope Francis to consecrate world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a Vatican ceremony on October 13. The “Marian Day” ceremony, organised by the...

Marlborough churches shaken in quake

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — Marlborough churches suffered some damage in the August 16 Seddon earthquakes, while Wellington church buildings seem to have escaped lightly. Terry and Gwenda Costello run a...

NZ Catholic bishops’ submission to Constitutional Advisory Panel

New Zealand’s Constitution Submission of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference E te Rōpū Arotake...

Submission by Caritas Aoteaoroa NZ to the Constitutional Advisory Panel

31 July 2013 Submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel on the Constitutional Review "An authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of a set of rules but...

Pope Francis sends message to Muslims for end of Ramadan fast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate...

Cardinal says Pope’s remarks about gays do not change Church teaching

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, a July 30 guest on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference...

Students give 3000 hours of service

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WHANGAREI — Pompallier Catholic College students and staff gave more than 3000 hours of voluntary labour to the Whangarei community on June 15. The college introduced a...

Wellington Catholic Church buildings OK after quakes

WELLINGTON — Overall, Catholic Church buildings in Wellington archdiocese have come through the recent earthquakes fairly well, says archdiocese general manager Paul Bayliss. In a notice posted to Wellington archdiocese's...

Pope tells priests, nuns to avoid flashy cars and latest smartphones

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Be joyous, authentic and loving while resisting fly-by-night commitments, catty gossip and sleek cars, Pope Francis told future priests, brothers and nuns. Vocations don't come from...

Vatican to help in fraud, corruption case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested on June 28 on charges of fraud,...

Worrying implications of US court’s gay marriage rulings

ROME (CNS) — The "future of our democracy" is "very, very worrisome," United States Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 rulings...

15 entries in Christian Youth Film Festival

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fifteen films made by teams of young people have been entered in the second Christian Youth Film Festival. Organiser Michael Hamilton told NZ Catholic that winners...

Brazilian unrest won’t affect World Youth Day, organiser assures

RIO DE JANEIRO (CWN) — Riots in Brazilian cities are not posing any danger to plans for World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in July, the chief coordinator of English-language...

St Joseph’s name to be added to Eucharistic prayers

The name of St Joseph will soon be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used in the Latin rite. The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a decree...

Pope acknowledges ‘gay lobby’ present in Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — Pope Francis reportedly confirmed the existence of a “gay lobby” within the Roman Curia, in a candid conversation with visiting religious from Latin America. During a...

Russian Orthodox spokesman says same-sex marriage will lead to collapse of...

MOSCOW (CWN) — The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate says that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of...

Pope surprises with answers in session with students

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — Pope Francis revealed that he never wanted to be the Pope, and that he has chosen not to live in the papal apartments for the...

Auckland priest appointed Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago

AUCKLAND — The Vatican has announced Auckland-based Redemptorist priest Fr Peter Brown is to be the next Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago. Bishop-elect Brown, who is regional superior of the...

Pope praises priest slain by mafia

PALERMO, Sicily (CWN) and (Zenit) — Father Giuseppi (Pino) Puglisi, who was born in 1937 and slain by the Mafia in 1993, was beatified as a martyr on May...

Flooding sees Auckland cathedral concert cancelled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A concert in St Patrick's Cathedral on May 17 had to be cancelled at the last minute after nearby Liston Hall was flooded with...

New form of diaconate for women mooted

OXFORD, England (CNS) — A German church spokesman denied the country's Catholic bishops are divided after the bishops' conference president, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, provoked controversy by advocating a form...

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