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Pastoral care key for academic success

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Kate Nicholson A few years ago, I wrote a school newsletter piece about the previous Sunday’s Gospel, the well-known Scripture reading “The Vine and the Branches” (John 15:1-17). At the time, when I was listening to this passage and, probably influenced by my plant science background, I remember thinking … Read More about Pastoral care key for academic success

A day to remember the Lord’s Passion

By Fr Kevin Waldie sm | March 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

March 28: Passion Sunday. Readings: 1. Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm: 22; 2. Philippians 2:6-11; Gospel: Mark 14:1 – 15:47. This is one of the truly memorable Sundays in the annual liturgical calendar. And today, it is especially Mark’s Passion Narrative that captures our imagination. The Isaiah reading provides a short and … Read More about A day to remember the Lord’s Passion

Catholic Church in NZ formally apologises to abuse survivors and victims

By Michael Otto | March 26, 2021 | 2 Comments

The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand has made a formal apology to victims and survivors of abuse committed by priests and other Church figures. Speaking on behalf of Church leaders, Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, gave the apology in … Read More about Catholic Church in NZ formally apologises to abuse survivors and victims

The Covid vaccine and the holy innocents

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 25, 2021 | 1 Comment

by Fr Neil Vaney SM Recent statements from Rome, endorsed by our own New Zealand bishops, have made it clear that there is no moral objection to the use of vaccines developed to block the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Pope Francis, and our local bishops, have gone further, saying … Read More about The Covid vaccine and the holy innocents

Pope approves pay cuts for cardinals, top management, religious at Vatican

By Catholic News Service | March 25, 2021 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – With the need to reduce costs and make sure employees are not laid off, Pope Francis has approved pay cuts for cardinals, clergy, religious and upper management officials who work in the Roman Curia and other Vatican entities. The pay cuts will go into effect starting … Read More about Pope approves pay cuts for cardinals, top management, religious at Vatican

Madness of the heart

By Nevil Gibson | March 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Movies on mental illness will inevitably be judged by one’s own experience, whether close or casual. This degree of scrutiny hasn’t deterred film-makers from tackling this tricky subject. In decades past, movies set in mental institutions could be viewed as too remote to make an accurate judgment, given they were … Read More about Madness of the heart