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Vatican reaffirms, clarifies Church teachings on end-of-life care

By Vatican City (CNS) | September 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – With the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is morally permissible regarding end-of-life care, the Vatican’s doctrinal office released a 25-page letter offering “a moral and practical clarification” on the care of vulnerable patients. “The Church is convinced of … Read More about Vatican reaffirms, clarifies Church teachings on end-of-life care

Pandemic fuels conspiracy theories

By Rowena Orejana | September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The pandemic has provided “the perfect storm for conspiracy theories” around the world, theories which are now creeping into New Zealand, and into the lives of some Catholics in this country.   University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Danny Osborne defined conspiracy theory as “a belief that large-scale and/or important events are secretly caused by powerful, but malevolent, … Read More about Pandemic fuels conspiracy theories

Vocational path led Deacon Tang to Aotearoa

By Rowena Orejana | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a little boy, Deacon Tang Phan had always wanted to be a teacher.  “[My] teachers were very lovely. They have good hearts. They were kind towards me and they cared for me. I wanted to be one of them . . . to teach others,” he said.  He aimed to do that, but things didn’t work … Read More about Vocational path led Deacon Tang to Aotearoa

St Gianna’s home welcomes first baby

By NZ Catholic Staff | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

A very special occasion has happened at the recently-opened St Gianna’s Home for Mothers and Babies in Auckland – the first resident of the home has given birth to her first baby.  The news was shared in a message sent out by Family Life International’s Dame Colleen Bayer last month, … Read More about St Gianna’s home welcomes first baby

Vinnies see sharp rise in requests for help

By NZ Catholic contributor | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

by MIKE FITZSIMONS  The Covid-19 lockdowns have resulted in a sharp rise across the country in requests for support from the St Vincent de Paul Society.   The response from volunteers and donors has been tremendous, said Marlena Hoeft-Marwick, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society.  “Some people have donated money, others have given food items and essential household goods. Our ongoing efforts to support … Read More about Vinnies see sharp rise in requests for help

Chch diocese buys former Copthorne Hotel site

By NZ Catholic Staff | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Christchurch diocese has bought the site of the former Copthorne Hotel in the central city to use in the planned cathedral parish precinct project. The purchase of the 2154 square metre site at 776 Colombo Street was announced last month by Millennium and Copthorne Hotels NZ Ltd (MCK).  According to … Read More about Chch diocese buys former Copthorne Hotel site