Number of NZ marriages declared null doubles

By Rowena Orejana | August 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The number of marriages declared null by the New Zealand Tribunal of the Catholic Church more than doubled in 2017 as against the figure in 2015, which was largely before Pope Francis simplified the process and the New Zealand Catholic bishops decided to provide the service for free. 

Call for Aubert beatification prayers

By Rowena Orejana | August 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

Sisters of Compassion Congregational Leader Sr Margaret Anne Mills has asked parishes to include a prayer during Masses for Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s beatification and canonisation.

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

By Catholic News Service | August 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.”

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

By Catholic News Service | August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.”

Seismic risk sees Wellington cathedral closed

By Rowena Orejana | August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cardinal John Dew has affirmed Wellington archdiocese’s commitment to strengthening the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart as the cathedral community takes steps to find its “new normal”. 

2000-plus at WYD Auckland despite rain

By Rowena Orejana | August 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged the youth in his diocese to answer the call to holiness, telling them there is no excuse not to become saints.