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From Vietnam to Italy via Palmy

By NZ Catholic Staff | May 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Joseph Son Van Pham’s vocational journey has been an adventure of patience and perseverance. From a family of six in the middle of Vietnam, Mr Van Pham studied engineering after leaving school. But as an active parishioner, he felt drawn to the life of priests. The call to serve God’s … Read More about From Vietnam to Italy via Palmy

US archbishop addresses abortion, Communion in pastoral letter

By Catholic News Service | May 5, 2021 | 1 Comment

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) – A pastoral letter issued on May 1 by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone focuses on the unborn, Communion and Catholics in public life. It emphasises that “those who reject the teaching of the Church on the sanctity of human life and those who do not seek … Read More about US archbishop addresses abortion, Communion in pastoral letter

Fr Denis Whelan farewelled

By NZ Catholic Staff | May 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Redemptorist Fr Denis Whelan was farewelled at a requiem Mass at Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Glendowie, Auckland, on April 21. Fr Whelan, aged 91, died at the Grace Joel Retirement Village in Auckland on April 14. Serving in Auckland and Wellington in the 1960s, he was parish priest … Read More about Fr Denis Whelan farewelled

Some German parishes plan blessings for lovers, including same-sex

By Catholic News Service | May 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

BONN, Germany (CNS) – Catholic chaplains in parishes across Germany plan to invite people to “blessing services for lovers” on and around May 10. The campaign, “Love Wins”, was launched in Hamburg, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA. The campaign’s website said the aim was to celebrate “the diversity of people’s … Read More about Some German parishes plan blessings for lovers, including same-sex

New deacon on path to priesthood

By Rowena Orejana | May 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Auckland Auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen said the Church needs people who are willing to break open the Word of God in “a new and engaging way”. Bishop Gielen said this in his homily at the diaconate ordination of seminarian Mark Napa at St Joseph’s Church, Takapuna, Auckland, on April 17. … Read More about New deacon on path to priesthood

Time for every purpose

By Nevil Gibson | May 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

If every day seems to be like yesterday, and the one you might have tomorrow, you are in a “time loop”, or sensing what the French call déja vu. It’s popped up several times lately in movies, perhaps reflecting or coinciding with the past year of lockdowns and people working remotely … Read More about Time for every purpose