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Pope has history of defending marriage, but being open to some civil unions

By Catholic News Service | October 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis often has expressed openness to the idea of laws recognizing civil unions, including for gay couples, to protect their rights. The pope’s comments in a brief passage in the documentary film, “Francesco,” are similar to the position he took while archbishop of … Read More about Pope has history of defending marriage, but being open to some civil unions

Former seminary rector praised for his faithfulness

By Michael Otto | October 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

A former rector of Holy Cross Seminary, Fr Philip Handforth, is being remembered to his gentle manner, his skill at preaching, and his faithfulness in suffering. Fr Handforth died at Mercy Parklands Catholic Hospital in Auckland on September 29, aged 73. He was farewelled from St Joseph’s church in Takapuna … Read More about Former seminary rector praised for his faithfulness

What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future?

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

by PAT McCARTHY As we hunkered down to church closures and online Masses a second time, I reflected on a friend’s question: Are we treating this Covid-19 lockdown as a period of hibernation or will we emerge from a chrysalis — and, if so, how will we be transformed? As … Read More about What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future?

New encyclical can change hearts and minds, New Zealand cardinal says

By Michael Otto | October 20, 2020 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis’s new encyclical Fratelli tutti on Fraternity and Social Friendship is a call for everyone to see the world as being without borders and view everyone as their brothers and sisters, said Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew. “Fratelli tutti is a profound document,” said Cardinal Dew, vice-president of … Read More about New encyclical can change hearts and minds, New Zealand cardinal says

Dunedin diocese reports on finances

By NZ Catholic Staff | October 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dunedin diocese is taking steps to pay down its $10million debt through a 30-year repayment plan. In a report on diocesan finances in the September edition of the diocese’s publication The Tablet, it was stated that the diocesan overdraft, as reported at the end of 2019, had been just under … Read More about Dunedin diocese reports on finances

Doing theology in a time of the pandemic

By Rowena Orejana | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed “the sin of the world” as well as “the sin of the structures”, which had left the poor and the marginalised vulnerable to more than the virus – and the mission of the theologian is to give voice to the poor and listen to God … Read More about Doing theology in a time of the pandemic