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Pope Francis Seeks Kiwi Feedback On Direction Of Catholic Church

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 11:08 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

“Pope Francis wants to hear from you” is the message the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand is using to invite people – Catholic or not – to take part in a survey for an international synod on the future direction of the Church. The ... More >>

Catholic Churches Will Offer Mass For All Under “traffic Light” Plan

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 10:03 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

The Catholic bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand will ensure vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike can safely attend Mass when the Government’s “traffic light” Covid-19 system starts. Each parish will be asked to provide Mass for people with the “My ... More >>

NZ Catholic Bishops Urge Everyone To Have A Covid-19 Vaccine

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 2:19 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

The country’s Catholic bishops are strongly urging their faithful and everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand to get a Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available. NZ Catholic Bishops Conference President, Cardinal John Dew, cited this country’s 2019-20 measles ... More >>

Catholic Church Will Listen To Learn From Abuse Survivors

Monday, 30 November 2020, 8:22 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

The Catholic Church is determined to listen, learn, and reflect on the evidence of survivors who will speak at the first faith-based redress hearings of the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care, starting today in Auckland. “The Catholic bishops ... More >>

“Yes” Vote For Euthanasia Puts Vulnerable On A Dangerous Path

Friday, 30 October 2020, 3:21 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

The approval of the End of Life Choice Act Referendum puts vulnerable people and those who care for them on an unwelcome and dangerous path, says the ethics expert for the Catholic bishops, Dr John Kleinsman. “For very many people the End of Life ... More >>

Catholic Bishops Seek Artist To Create Special Mary Dedication Work

Friday, 2 October 2020, 9:31 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are seeking an artist to create a work commemorating Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier’s 1838 dedication of the country to Mary the Mother of Jesus. The bishops’ National Liturgy Office has begun advertising ... More >>

Religious Leaders Warn Of Dangers In Poorly Drafted End OfLife Choice Act

Sunday, 20 September 2020, 8:12 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

Some of New Zealand’s most prominent religious leaders say New Zealanders need to be aware of the considerable harm that the End of Life Choice Act could do and are urging them to vote No in the referendum at this year’s general election. “We ... More >>

Catholic Bishops’ Oppose Euthanasia, Urge Cannabis Caution

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 12:20 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops are urging voters to say “no” to the euthanasia referendum and ask that voters give “serious thoughts” to the effect of cannabis on vulnerable young people when considering the cannabis referendum. The six bishops ... More >>

NZ Catholic Bishops Refute Claims They Have Endorsed A Political Party

Friday, 14 August 2020, 6:57 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are seriously concerned by a false statement circulating widely online that claims they are urging Catholics to vote for the New Conservative political party. The bishops have reported the false statement to the Electoral Commission, ... More >>

NZ Catholic Bishops' Statement On Lifting Of Level 2 Restrictions To 100 For Religious Services

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 6:58 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

Kia tau te rangimārie ki ā koe. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon, Mass – restricted to 100 people – is able to resume from this Friday at noon. We will issue a Pastoral Letter tomorrow. Each parish will decide ... More >>

Catholic Bishops Write To PM Over Restrictions On Religious Services

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 7:45 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have written to the Prime Minister urging the Cabinet to raise the limit on numbers allowed at religious services to at least 100 when it meets on Monday. Their strongly-worded letter follows the New Zealand Police today ... More >>

Kerbside Rites And Lockdown Soup All Part Of Catholic Work In COVID-19 Times

Sunday, 19 April 2020, 4:50 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

Catholic agencies and individuals around Aotearoa-New Zealand are busy working from home and still-open “essential services” supporting communities in need during the Level 4 COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown. Foodbanks and soup kitchens are two very ... More >>

NZ Catholics Flock To Online Mass In Response To Covid-19 Lockdown

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 11:55 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

Many Catholic churches big and small around New Zealand are streaming Mass online daily for parishioners unable to attend Mass because of the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown. All the country’s Catholic churches are closed, along with the places ... More >>

NZ Catholic Bishops Suspend Masses To Help The Fight Against Covid-19 Coronavirus

Friday, 20 March 2020, 1:30 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops met this morning to discuss further responses to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. They have decided to suspend all celebrations of Mass until further notice. A statement about this is attached. Also attached is ... More >>

Bishops Deeply Disappointed At New Law’s Disregard For Rights Of Unborn

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 9:08 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are deeply disappointed that the New Zealand Parliament last night passed the Abortion Legislation Bill by a margin of 68 to 51. “This Bill totally ignores the fact that there are always at least two human lives involved ... More >>

Bishop Dunn Says Parishioners Being Contacted After Covid-19 Diagnosis

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 1:29 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

The Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, confirmed he was advised today that a parishioner at St Mary’s Church in Papakura was diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus after attending the 8.30am Mass last Sunday. “The parishioner appeared ... More >>

Urgent Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

Friday, 13 March 2020, 3:00 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

Guidance to dioceses and parishes, issued by the NZ Catholic Bishops under the advice of Fr John O’Connor Acting Director, National Liturgy Office. Tēnā koutou katoa friends, The National Liturgy Office and NZ Catholic Bishops have received new important ... More >>

Catholic Bishops' Interfaith Committee Letter On Christchurch Tragedy Anniversary

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 3:29 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Aotearoa New Zealand, At this time in particular we feel the powerful call to be people of peace. This beautiful concept is foundational in all religions, and in our shared Abrahamic tradition it is richly expressed through ... More >>

Catholic Bishops Warn Proposed Abortion Law Removes Tenuous Unborn Rights

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:05 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are concerned that unborn babies will lose their existing tenuous legal rights if Parliament passes the Abortion Legislation Bill in the form proposed by a select committee. And unborn babies with a fetal disability ... More >>

Cardinal urges NZers to reaffirm protection of religion

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 7:19 pm | NZ Catholic Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop is urging New Zealanders on Waitangi Day to recommit to protecting the beliefs of followers of all religions and of non-religious people. More >>