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28 Aug 2017 Thank you for sharing your voice with the Vatican
12 Jun 2017 End of Life Choice Bill will erode end of life choices
3 Feb 2017 Significant appointment for the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand
31 Dec 2016 Catholic Principal and Prison Chaplain celebrated in honours list
7 Dec 2016 Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia
3 Dec 2016 Joy as Suzanne Aubert declared ‘venerable’
1 Dec 2016 Cardinal Dew to bring message from Pope Francis to quake-affected Kaikoura
18 Nov 2016 Bishops grateful for prayer and concern following earthquakes
2 Nov 2016 Bishops delighted Cardinal appointed to Congregation for Divine Worship
28 Oct 2016 Guidelines for burial of ashes in the case of cremation
10 Oct 2016 New leadership at the Catholic Enquiry Centre
9 Oct 2016 Anglican & Catholic bishops at historical gathering at the Vatican
24 Aug 2016 “All views on assisted suicide matter” says Bioethics spokesperson
22 Aug 2016 Catholic Bishops support the West Papuan people
12 Jul 2016 New Rite of Blessing for expectant parents and their unborn child
22 Jun 2016 Bishops look to new phase of Catholic volunteering in Pacific
13 Jun 2016 New Zealand Catholic Bishops Welcome increase to annual refugee quota
1 Jun 2016 Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle passes away
27 May 2016 Video: “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Real Life Implications”
13 May 2016 Nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools
9 Apr 2016 New Zealanders welcome Pope’s document on Marriage & the family
4 Apr 2016 Leaders, Religious and Educationalists farewell Br Sir Pat Lynch long-time leader of Catholic Education
13 Feb 2016 Bishop Barry Jones passes away
4 Nov 2015 Bishops say workers’ family time under threat in Trading Bill.
16 Sep 2015 Four Kiwis to bring insights to Pope’s discussion on marriage and the family
4 Sep 2015 Catholic Bishops offer options and support for increasing refugee intake
27 Aug 2015 Catholic Bishops Welcome Terms of Reference for Inquiry into Ending of Life
18 Jun 2015 NZ Bishops quoted in Pope Francis’ message to the world on environment
17 Jun 2015 New Zealand Church awaits Pope’s encyclical on environmental justice
9 Jun 2015 Largest NZ Catholic gathering to celebrate Catholic education
29 May 2015 Marriage Tribunal fees to end
21 Apr 2015 Anglican and Catholic bishops urge transparency by Government on Trans-Pacific Partnership
10 Mar 2015 Absolute freedom to market anything anyhow not in our interests says Bishop
24 Feb 2015 We can no longer watch from the sidelines as the Islamic State continues to inflict immense suffer
14 Feb 2015 New Zealander declared a Cardinal
13 Feb 2015 Moving and Joyful Celebration for New Bishop of Hamilton
12 Feb 2015 Kiwi to become Cardinal of the Catholic Church
4 Feb 2015 Synod discussion on marriage and family enters new phase with questionnaire
5 Jan 2015 Pope names Archbishop from NZ among new Cardinals
1 Jan 2015 CEO of Catholic Education given knighthood in New Year's Honours List
18 Dec 2014 New Zealander Appointed to Vatican Commission on child abuse
12 Dec 2014 Setting the captives free - Human trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery
23 Nov 2014 Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Hamilton
20 Nov 2014 Bishops reflect on New Zealand’s involvement in Middle East conflict
23 Oct 2014 Archbishop John Dew reflects on being part of the Synod on Marriage and the Family
6 Aug 2014 Pastors and Politicians discuss child poverty
31 Jul 2014 Bishops urge Pope Francis to help bring lasting peace in Gaza
12 Jun 2014 Seminary Rector Monsignor Peter Jeffrey farewelled
13 May 2014 More than 80 Catholic Bishops of Oceania spend time together in NZ
9 May 2014 More than 80 Catholic Bishops from the Oceania region to gather in Wellington
9 May 2014 New Zealand Archbishops urge prayer for Nigerian Schoolgirls
19 Feb 2014 New Zealand Bishops publish document on the Catholic education of school-age children
22 Jan 2014 OBITUARY: Bishop John Mackey
21 Jan 2014 New Zealand Catholic Bishops pay tribute to Bishop John Mackey
11 Dec 2013 Bishops invite responses to online survey for Synod on Marriage and the Family
10 Dec 2013 Census figures show religion still plays an important part in people’s lives
8 Dec 2013 Live more simply at Christmas and share what you have with others
14 Nov 2013 Catholics attend Masses to pray for people of the Philippines
21 Oct 2013 New Zealand Catholic Bishops feel more connected to Pope following visit
20 Oct 2013 Cardinal Oscar Rodrigues Maradiaga visit New Zealand
26 Sep 2013 Legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide would be bad for New Zealand
13 Sep 2013 New NCRS appointments bring wealth of knowledge to religious education
26 Aug 2013 Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations win two awards
26 Jul 2013 Pope Francis' message of welcome to World Youth Day Pilgrims
23 Jul 2013 Pope Francis: Welcome Ceremony in Rio
18 Jun 2013 Generosity of many will bring hope to many more – Lent Appeal tops $1million mark
19 Apr 2013 Catholic Bishops instruct group not to use the word “Catholic” in their name
18 Apr 2013 Catholic Bishops consider passing of Same Sex Marriage Bill bizarre
10 Apr 2013 A stronger commitment needed to measuring children’s wellbeing – Catholic Bishops
28 Mar 2013 New appointment to role of Senior Catholic Prison Chaplain
27 Mar 2013 Catholic Bishops offer prayerful support to new Anglican Archbishop
27 Mar 2013 Anglican Archbishop David Moxon to begin as Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See
15 Mar 2013 New Zealand Bishops message of congratulations to Pope Francis.
14 Mar 2013 Election of new Pope brings great joy for NZ Catholic Church
13 Mar 2013 Second Reading Vote Count Doesn’t Change the Concerns of Many
11 Mar 2013 Media Advisory – New Zealand Catholic Church spokespeople during Conclave 2013
27 Feb 2013 Bishops Response to Select Committee Report on Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
12 Feb 2013 New Zealand Bishops react with surprise and understanding at news of Pope’s resignation
22 Jan 2013 New National Director for National Office for Professional Standards
28 Nov 2012 Bishops take concerns over Marriage Bill to the Select Committee Today
18 Oct 2012 Catholics around the world celebrate World Mission Day 2012
15 Oct 2012 Remembering 50 years since the Second Vatican Council
12 Oct 2012 Daily blog from the Synod in Rome
12 Oct 2012 Catholics around the country celebrate Respect for Life Sunday
10 Oct 2012 50 years since Second Vatican Council; the beginning of the Year of Faith
9 Oct 2012 Growing diversity and secularism – challenges for evangelisation in Oceania
19 Sep 2012 New Director of National Liturgy Office Appointed
12 Sep 2012 Several ACPA awards go to New Zealand publications
7 Sep 2012 “The struggle to put food on the table” the focus of Catholic Church’s Social Justice Week
28 Aug 2012 Ecumenical Statement: Child Poverty discussion is crucial, say New Zealand’s Church Leaders
19 Aug 2012 From the Beginning of Creation
7 Aug 2012 Largest Gathering of NZ Catholic Schools to Take Place This Week
24 Jul 2012 Any Euthanasia Law Would be Open to Abuse
20 Jul 2012 Caring a Special Focus for Catholics Next Weekend
17 Jul 2012 A Double Celebration for Catholic Bishop of Hamilton
1 Jun 2012 Changing of the Guard for MISSIONZ Leadership
30 May 2012 Catholic Institute Successfully Embraces New Technology
8 May 2012 Response from the Catholic Church on Contraception Proposals in Welfare Reform
26 Apr 2012 Bishops meet in Christchurch as a sign of solidarity
26 Apr 2012 Protection of vulnerable people should be at the heart of the euthanasia debate
16 Mar 2012 Dunedin’s Catholic bishop expresses sympathy for Foveaux Strait victims and their families
16 Mar 2012 Saturday 17 March - Mass to mark installation of new Catholic bishop of Palmerston North
15 Mar 2012 Long time sanctity of life promoter dies
12 Mar 2012 New Director of The Catholic Institute starts work
28 Feb 2012 Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem in New Zealand
24 Feb 2012 New missal to be implemented by 25 March
22 Feb 2012 Bishop Drennan succeeds Bishop Cullinane as Ordinary of the Diocese of Palmerston North
21 Feb 2012 Catholic churches around New Zealand remember Christchurch one year on from earthquake
17 Feb 2012 Interfaith Forum to focus on spiritual identity in a secular society
20 Jan 2012 New Caritas Director Appointed
18 Jan 2012 New Rector for Holy Cross Seminary
18 Dec 2011 Focus on New Evangelization at ad limina
13 Dec 2011 Bishops enjoy good conversation with Pope
9 Dec 2011 Bishops in Rome for Ad Limina
5 Dec 2011 Columban Calendars connect prisoners with God
30 Nov 2011 Director appointed for The Catholic Institute
21 Nov 2011 Elderly need to be cared for, not killed
11 Nov 2011 Over 70 expected at National Catholic Youth Conference
2 Nov 2011 Election votes must consider the good of all, say Catholic bishops
19 Oct 2011 Catholic Church to host multi-faith prayer services
19 Oct 2011 Euthanasia a dangerous threat to society say New Zealand Catholic Bishops
5 Oct 2011 Respect Life Sunday to focus on dying well
30 Sep 2011 Judicial Vicar from Auckland wins prestigious Canon Law award
13 Sep 2011 NZ publications among winners at Catholic media awards
10 Sep 2011 Pep talk from the Coach kick-offs Social Justice Week
26 Aug 2011 Orders stream in for Young Enterprise students’ emergency power generator
18 Aug 2011 Two Auckland students to meet Pope tomorrow morning
17 Aug 2011 ‘Kiwi’ World Youth Day gathering in Spain tomorrow
15 Aug 2011 Prayer Symposium held in Palmerston North
22 Jul 2011 Quake doesn't stop World Youth Day pilgrims
21 Jul 2011 Prison chaplaincy focus for 2011 Catholic Caring Appeal
27 Jun 2011 Former school principal appointed Interim Head of Catholic Institute
23 Jun 2011 Babies with disabilities need protection, says bioethics centre director
22 Jun 2011 Catholic Enquiry Centre celebrates 50 years
15 Jun 2011 Message from Bishop Barry Jones, 15 June 2011
15 Jun 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes
14 Jun 2011 Sisters of Mercy celebrate 150 years in Wellington
14 Jun 2011 ‘Stormbirds’ emotional support programme for children stretches its wings over Christchurch
10 Jun 2011 New Zealand has particular moral responsibility - Pope Benedict XVI
9 Jun 2011 New Catholic Bishop ordained
2 Jun 2011 Abortion ruling a step backwards, say New Zealand Catholic Bishops
20 May 2011 Political and social commitment needed to change abortion situation
28 Apr 2011 Beatification of Pope John Paul II
30 Mar 2011 FCBCO meet in Papua New Guinea
17 Mar 2011 Catholic Masses for national day of mourning
10 Mar 2011 National Earthquake Appeals
10 Mar 2011 Masses and Services for those affected by earthquake
9 Mar 2011 “Lent will be observed in the ruins of a beautiful and gracious city” Bishop Jones
8 Mar 2011 Message of Pope Benedict XVI for Lent 2011
6 Mar 2011 Pope Benedict XVI donates US $50,000 to Christchurch
2 Mar 2011 Update on damage to Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
23 Feb 2011 Message from Catholic Bishop of Christchurch
23 Feb 2011 Message from President of New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference
23 Feb 2011 Pope sends message to Catholic bishop of Christchurch
23 Feb 2011 Caritas pledges $25,000 to earthquake recovery
23 Feb 2011 Pope appoints Coadjutor Bishop for Palmerston North
23 Feb 2011 Message from President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
8 Feb 2011 Winning WYD t-shirt design
7 Feb 2011 Delargey Award Presentations
2 Jan 2011 Holy Father says religious freedom the path to peace
21 Dec 2010 Youth ministry award winners announced
21 Dec 2010 Winning design chosen for WYD 2011 t-shirt
9 Dec 2010 Alternative Welfare Working Group report released
29 Nov 2010 Masses for Pike River Miners
28 Nov 2010 Message from Catholic Bishop of Christchurch for Pike River Miners
26 Nov 2010 New Mass words to be introduced in parishes this Sunday
25 Nov 2010 Bishops' message to those affected by the Pike River Coal disaster
25 Nov 2010 Message of Condolence from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
25 Nov 2010 Second message from Greymouth Ministers' Association
25 Nov 2010 Catholic Masses dedicated to Pike River miners
23 Nov 2010 Prayer request from Greymouth Ministers Association
22 Nov 2010 Catholic bishops express support for trapped miners
17 Nov 2010 Funeral of Bishop John Cunneen
10 Nov 2010 Former Christchurch Bishop John Cunneen dies
26 Oct 2010 New Zealand represented at Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
21 Oct 2010 Bishops encourage Catholics to support World Mission Sunday
20 Oct 2010 New Senior Catholic Prison Chaplain appointed
13 Oct 2010 Sisters head to Rome for canonisation
24 Sep 2010 Nominations open for Delargey Awards 2010
10 Sep 2010 Social Justice Week focus on inclusive and connected communities
8 Sep 2010 Catholic bishops oppose extension of Easter trading
7 Sep 2010 Archbishop Dew praying for vocations on pilgrimage
6 Sep 2010 Several ACPA awards go to New Zealand publications
6 Sep 2010 Post-earthquake plans for Christchurch diocese
4 Sep 2010 Mass as usual for most Canterbury Catholic Churches
31 Aug 2010 Mercy Sisters win national diversity award
4 Aug 2010 Pastoral letter marks feast day of Blessed Mary MacKillop
19 Jul 2010 Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on introduction of Roman Missal
17 Jul 2010 Information on new Missal to be delivered in parishes on Sunday
12 Jul 2010 New Zealand is not a secular country, say Catholic bishops
8 Jul 2010 Alternative Welfare Working Group launched at Catholic Centre
29 Jun 2010 Bishops provide parish councils with cultural diversity resource
17 Jun 2010 New Zealand Catholic among Australia’s top 100 brightest young minds
9 Jun 2010 Mercy Sister receives Queen’s Birthday honour
2 Jun 2010 Work is much more than employment, say Catholic bishops
27 May 2010 Students and staff safe after college fire
21 May 2010 Consultation underway for proposed Catholic tertiary institution
21 May 2010 Pure Love speaker to visit Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch
5 May 2010 Discriminatory public domain option is “no solution” say Catholic Bishops
16 Apr 2010 Masses being held for New Zealand Catholic Polish Communities
25 Mar 2010 Catholic bishops challenge society not to legalise assisted suicide
21 Feb 2010 Mary MacKillop to become Australia’s first saint
15 Feb 2010 Leaflet encourages Catholics to integrate prayer into lives
25 Jan 2010 New missal used at ICEL conference
30 Dec 2009 Catholic Clergy conference to be held in Rome
21 Dec 2009 Mary MacKillop a step closer to sainthood
18 Dec 2009 Wellington Cardinal celebrates 50 years of priesthood
11 Dec 2009 Catholic archbishop responds to atheist bus campaign
27 Nov 2009 CD featuring Pope due for release
20 Nov 2009 Catholic bishops oppose licence for Early Medical Abortions
20 Nov 2009 Church leaders urge bolder action on climate change
20 Nov 2009 New Zealand Church Leaders statement: Copenhagen climate summit - a Kairos moment
4 Nov 2009 Catholic bishops call on government to address links between abortion and mental health
30 Oct 2009 St Luke E-Conference
11 Oct 2009 New Zealand represented at canonisations in Rome
9 Oct 2009 Wellington celebrates 200th birthday of Bishop Viard
2 Oct 2009 Catholic Religious Education goes digital
30 Sep 2009 Catholics offer support to those affected by Samoan disaster
18 Sep 2009 Head of Caritas Internationalis to give talk in Wellington
12 Sep 2009 Catholic Church takes time out on crime, punishment and reconciliation
9 Sep 2009 H1N1 flu - normal Mass practice to be resumed
26 Aug 2009 Archbishop launches revised statement on religious diversity
20 Aug 2009 Catholic Bishops say children entitled to a mother’s and father’s love
14 Aug 2009 Prayerful support for people of Tonga
13 Aug 2009 Child protection and family subsidiarity important, say Catholic bishops
28 Jul 2009 NZ Catholic Education Convention 2009
23 Jul 2009 Catholic Bishops: Reconciliation should drive Justice Minister’s vision
21 Jul 2009 Fears Dr Nitschke will exploit the vulnerable
17 Jul 2009 Catholic bishops say reconciliation, not revenge, needed in prisons