Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Election of new Pope brings NZ bishops great joy

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. ...

Cardinals elect 266th pope

by FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected the 266th pope on March 13, taking the name Francis. The election came on the...

Church leaders write open letter to MPs about marriage definition bill

WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington is among the signatories to an open letter to Members of Parliament ahead of the second reading debate on the Marriage (Definition...

Conclave to elect new pope to start on March 12

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal electors assembled in Rome will begin voting for the next pope on March 12. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, announced the date for...

Final public address of Pope Benedict XVI at general audience in...

The full text of his address: Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood! Distinguished Authorities! Dear brothers and sisters! Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this last General...

Pope to live in Vatican monastery established by Blessed John Paul

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican monastery where Pope Benedict XVI intends to live began its life as the Vatican gardener's house, but was established...

Pope to retire to cloistered monastery in Vatican

Pope Benedict plans to retire to a former cloistered monastery within the Vatican, the director of the Vatican press office has disclosed. Father Federico Lombardi told reporters that immediately after...

New Zealand Bishops react with surprise and understanding at news of...

WELLINGTON — It was with some sadness that New Zealand Catholic Bishops woke to the news of Pope Benedict XVI is to resign from his papacy at the end...

Pope Benedict’s pontificate marked by teaching, call to return to faith

By John Thavis and Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During his almost eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI impressed the world as a teacher, guiding...

Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Pope Benedict has stunned the Catholic Church and the world by announcing that he would resign from the See of Rome on February 28. National Catholic Reporter Vatican senior...

NZ priests to hear international speakers

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Renowned American papal biographer and Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr, will join former Dominican master general Fr Timothy Radcliffe and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle,...

Vatican guidelines to discourage showmanship, entertainment at Mass

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing guidelines for priests on how to celebrate Mass properly, the Zenit news agency reports. In a January 15 address, Cardinal Antonio Canizares,...

Church responds to Aust sex abuse inquiry terms of reference

CANBERRA — The chief executive of the Australian Catholic Church’s newly-formed Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan responded on January 11 to the terms of reference for the...

Pope sends message of concern about Tasmanian fire destruction

HOBART — Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his sadness and concern at destruction caused by bush fires in Tasmania. A letter to Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart written on...

NZ bishops make submission on same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

New Zealand's Catholic bishops appeared on November 28 before the Government Administration Select Committee considering the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to share their concerns over the future...

Bomb attack on military base church worries cardinal

LAGOS, Nigeria (CathNews) — Nigeria's new cardinal has spoken of his dismay following a deadly attack on a church inside a major military establishment, saying that it shows nowhere...

Priest dismissed because of public support for women’s ordination

WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a...

Bishop writes to diocese about sexual abuse

Statement to the People of the Diocese of Parramatta on the Royal Commission into Child Abuse 17-18 November 2012 My Dear People This week the Prime Minister announced a Royal Commission into...

Reports on housing and food to be launched

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Poverty Action Waikato is releasing two reports this week — on housing and on food. The reports are about whānau and communities working together to...

Chinese think tank calls for change to one child policy

BEIJING (CWN) — A Chinese think-tank with close ties to the government has called for a change in the country’s brutal “one-child” policy. "China has paid a huge political and...

Pope prays for Hurricane Sandy victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI expressed his concern for everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy and encouraged all those working to rebuild from the disaster. "Conscious of the devastation...

Vatican could consider Lutheran ordinariate structure

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a hypothetical proposal by Lutherans to...

Vatican says it is willing to be patient with SSPX in...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — "Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed" as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St Pius X, said...

Group makes new push for euthanasia

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — Right to Life says that it has come to their attention that the Volunteer Euthanasia Society has created a new label entitled “End-of-Life Choice”...

Ignorance of faith risks creating cafeteria Catholics, Pope warns

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ignorance of the faith puts Christians at risk of following a "do-it-yourself" religion, Pope Benedict XVI said. People need to become more familiar with the creed...

News-making school sticks to Church line

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WHANGAREI — A Catholic college, from which a teacher lost his job after supporting a protest about same-sex marriage, has emphasised the need for adherence to...

Australian archbishop: Same-sex marriage dismantles key institution

PERTH, Australia (CNS) — Same-sex "marriage" is not an extension of marriage rights but a dismantling of an institution on which the well-being of societies depend, wrote an Australian...

Wrong electoral choice can jeopardise your soul, bishop cautions

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CWN) — Strongly criticising provisions of the Democratic Party platform, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield warned that “a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviours...

Young Aussies to call for end to detention of children

CANBERRA (CathNews) — A coalition of young people is banding together to call for an end to immigration detention of children. From September 28, young people throughout Australia will be...

NZ archbishop named as one of 36 ‘synod fathers’

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, is one of 36 prelates named by Pope Benedict XVI to take part in the 13th general assembly of...

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18,000 volumes moved in diocesan library shift

Auckland diocese’s library has completed a move to its new home at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby.In a sense, it is something of a homecoming for the library, which used to...