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Delight as Timaru’s basilica reopens

By Rowena Orejana | December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin SM has blessed and officially opened three buildings in Timaru, including the newly earthquake-strengthened Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the parish centre and the Roncalli Sport Complex, on November 8. These projects had a total cost of over $6 million. Bishop Martin told NZ Catholic he … Read More about Delight as Timaru’s basilica reopens

New vaccines prompt some serious questions

By NZ Catholic Staff | December 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

By NZ CATHOLIC staff One of the two Covid-19 vaccines the New Zealand Government has agreed to purchase is produced with the use of a cell line originating from aborted tissue, but Church authorities say it is acceptable to use such a vaccine when there is no alternative and there … Read More about New vaccines prompt some serious questions

Family Weekend celebrated in Taupō

By Rowena Orejana | December 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than 30 families had fun and inspiration at the second Family Weekend held by the Hamilton diocese at Taupo on November 6-8. Diocesan event organiser Brigid Conroy said the theme of this year’s event was “The Church of the Home” based on the Catholic Catechism’s teaching that the Christian … Read More about Family Weekend celebrated in Taupō

Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph

By Catholic News Service | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”), the pope said Christians can discover in … Read More about Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph

Pregnancy Help moves closer to student hub

By Rowena Orejana | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Construction of a building meant for student accommodation was going on in front of the new Pregnancy Help office in Parnell, Auckland. It is not a stretch to imagine that some of the organisation’s future clients would be coming from the building. Pregnancy Help, an organisation that provides practical help … Read More about Pregnancy Help moves closer to student hub

A call to open hearts and homes to children

By Rowena Orejana | December 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Le Bernadette Tamasese traced her journey as a social worker to her days as a youth leader in the 1990s for her then-parish of St John the Evangelist in Otara. “In retrospect, as a young person growing up in Otara, we were exposed to some traumatic incidents in our community … Read More about A call to open hearts and homes to children