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Holy See trainee diplomats would be welcome in NZ

By Rowena Orejana | January 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed their openness to have priests training for the Holy See’s diplomatic corps doing their year of missionary experience here. In February this year, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy president Archbishop Joseph Marino, requesting that an addition to the curriculum be … Read More about Holy See trainee diplomats would be welcome in NZ

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

Pope discusses US Capitol occupation and Covid vaccine

By Catholic News Service | January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis offered prayers for the people of the United States “shaken by the recent siege on Congress”, and prayed for the five people who lost their lives “in those dramatic moments” when protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6. Remarking on the … Read More about Pope discusses US Capitol occupation and Covid vaccine

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

Assault on US Capitol shocks churches

By Catholic News Service | January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

ROME (CNS) – The breach of the US Capitol on January 6 sent shock waves around the world. As Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian bishops’ conference tweeted: “I didn’t realise just how much the integrity of and respect for the democratic institutions of the US matter … Read More about Assault on US Capitol shocks churches

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