Sunday, December 15, 2019



NZ Catholic Bishops statement on Whakaari White Island tragedy (10 December)
Along with all New Zealanders we are deeply distressed and saddened by the tragedy of the volcanic eruption at Whakaari/White Island," says Bishop Patrick Dunn, Catholic Bishop of Auckland and President of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference ...

Church doors open to exploited temporary migrant workers (9 December)
An article by Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, to mark Human Rights Day  Tuesday 10 December.

NZCBC on Facebook

** A tribute to Nathaniel (13 December)
Yesterday would have been the 21st birthday of Nathaniel Knoef, after whom the Catholic bioethics Nathaniel Centre is named. He lived for less than two months, about the same time as the pohutukawa flowers now starting to bloom...

** The Whakaari/White Island tragedy: Messages from the NZCBC and Bishop Pat Dunn (10 December 2019)

** Cardinal Dew's letter on migrant workers.



Christmas 2019

Ready or not
Save a prayer for Sister Anna, the pastoral worker at Holy Name. She is the director, producer and costume designer for the church's annual Christmas Eve nativity play. The 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve is the big one for the Holy Name community. Several hundred people will gather in the North Dunedin Catholic church for the festive, family-friendly service....

Carols on the Lawn moves to a new location after owner sells house
When Beverley Glover put up a 'for sale' sign in front of her property in Magnolia Dr, New Plymouth, people were worried that there would be no more Carols on the Lawn. But Glover has found a new location for what has become an annual neighbourhood Christmas event. "My new place has a big concrete driveway and Carols on the Concrete doesn't have the same ring," she said after she bought a property in Merrilands.


NZ Catholic Bishops statement on Whakaari / White Island
From Bishop Patrick Dunn, Catholic Bishop of Auckland and President of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference: Along with all New Zealanders we are deeply distressed and saddened by the tragedy of the volcanic eruption at Whakaari/White Island ...

A grave concern
As part of his research into the nature of sacred places, Bishop Jim White visits Futuna Chapel in Wellington's Karori and finds an architectural shrine to 'JC' that is insensitive to consecrated space and to St Peter Chanel, the first Roman Catholic saint of Oceania...

Anthony McCarten tackles the Vatican
Kiwi screenwriter Anthony McCarten tells Lydia Burgham about what inspired him to delve into the Vatican
The New Zealand Herald 5 Dec 2019
[See also:  'The Two Popes' is a fun, if historically inaccurate, look at Francis and Benedict' below]

The race of the two Christchurch cathedrals
Editorial:: Saturday's announcement that a new Catholic cathedral will be built north of the Square by 2025 will change the way Christchurch's city centre functions.

Taranaki man Mike Seaver will be remembered as 'one in a million'
Mike Seaver cut his first key as a teenager and his last just hours before his death at age 60. The face of Seavers Cycles and Motors, in Hawera, was also the man who rode a unicycle in the town's Christmas Parade every year, and the dad who did silly dances at the school discos attended by his children, Jez - who died five years ago, Maren and Joey.



Liam Hehir: Integrated schools have leaky roofs too
Liam Hehir makes a plea to education minister Chris Hipkins not to discriminate against integrated schools when it comes to school funding.

Roncalli College: 'Exceptional' Roncalli student gets interview for place at Oxford University in England
An "exceptional" Roncalli College student is winging his way to England at the end of this week to be interviewed for a place at Oxford University.

St Mary's school pupils deliver donations to Rotorua Salvation Army

St Patrick's, Masterton: The boy's back – St Pat's kids celebrate
Times Age
The life-sized paintings from the St Patrick's School mural are back together again in time for the end of year break-up. Late last month two of the four paintings which were painted to look like pupils dressed in the school uniform were stolen.

St Patrick's, Masterton: Kids polish up on school history
The Catholic area of Archer St Cemetery in Masterton is spick-and-span thanks to the efforts of school children from St Patrick's School who, through their hard work, learned about respect and the history of their school.


INSPIRED WORD  (Under: Created playlists)

Matthew 11:2-11 The messengers from John the Baptist
A reading and commentary by Rev. Dr Raymond Pelly and Very Rev. Frank Nelson at St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.


CRUX - Edited by John L. Allen Jr. and Inés San Martin

** In Tagle, Pope strengthens his Vatican hand and sets up possible successor
Personnel is always policy in the Eternal City, which makes Pope Francis's choice Sunday to name the 62-year-old Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples a key move indeed...

** 'The Two Popes' is a fun, if historically inaccurate, look at Francis and Benedict
"The Two Popes," the latest attempt to tell the story of Pope Francis's relationship with his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, is as much an imaginary conversation as an honest attempt to convey how the two leaders actually interacted... [See also: 'Anthony McCarten tackles the Vatican' above.]

** Pope marks 50 years as a priest by presenting writings of his spiritual director
As part of the celebrations for his 50th anniversary of priesthood, Pope Francis chose to personally present a multi-volume collection of writings by his longtime spiritual director, the late Jesuit Father Miguel Angel Fiorito.


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Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections

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Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'.

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet'

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report'

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger'

St Columban's Mission Society. 'The Far East'

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