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Papal blessing for Bishop Owen Dolan’s 25 years as a bishop

By Michael Otto | January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

by SUE SECONI Typical of Bishop Owen Dolan’s warm and big-heartedness, the invitation to join with him to celebrate 25 years since his episcopal ordination went out to all across the largely rural diocese of Palmerston North. On Thursday, December 10, parishioners, friends, religious and clergy gathered around the altar … Read More about Papal blessing for Bishop Owen Dolan’s 25 years as a bishop

New rector for Holy Cross Seminary appointed

By Michael Otto | January 11, 2021 | 1 Comment

Father Mathew Vadakkevettuvazhiyil will be the next rector of Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. The appointment has been confirmed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. Fr Mathew will succeed the present Rector, Fr Brendan Ward, at the end of 2021. Fr Mathew is widely known as a … Read More about New rector for Holy Cross Seminary appointed

Pro-life message proclaimed in capital

By Michael Otto | January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

More than 1000 people walked through the streets of Wellington city to Parliament in the fourth national March for Life on December 5. Many of the marchers had pink and blue balloons, and carried banners, with a variety of messages emphasising love and life — for mother and baby. A … Read More about Pro-life message proclaimed in capital

Many traditions at Festival of Lights

By NZ Catholic Staff | January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

by MICHAEL LORETZ The 2020 Fourvière Festival of Lights, held on December 5 near Christchurch, was a blessed event, with some 250 pilgrims from throughout New Zealand present. A beautiful Mass was celebrated at the Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Light (Whaea o te Mārama) by Bishop Paul Martin, … Read More about Many traditions at Festival of Lights

Pope appoints Bishop Paul Martin as coadjutor in Wellington

By Michael Otto | January 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has appointed the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Paul Martin, SM, to the role of Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington, where he will assist Cardinal John Dew, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Aotearoa New Zealand. The appointment was announced in Rome overnight. A coadjutor usually becomes the bishop or archbishop … Read More about Pope appoints Bishop Paul Martin as coadjutor in Wellington

Dunedin bishop reflects on St Joseph

By NZ Catholic Staff | January 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

by BISHOP MICHAEL DOOLEY Pope Francis has declared a “Year of St Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to  December 8, 2021.  My first thought was, why would the Pope do that now?  On reading his short, but simple, apostolic letter Patris Corde, I understood better his motivation. Pope Francis writes … Read More about Dunedin bishop reflects on St Joseph