With the Conclave 2013 due to start on Tuesday 12 March in Rome (Wednesday NZ time), please make note of the following details of spokespeople for the Catholic Church.
Rome Time Zone
For New Zealand comment from Rome, Fr Michael Gielen a New Zealand Priest currently studying in Rome will be available for comment during the Conclave and when an announcement is made.
If you wish to give your foreign correspondents based in Rome during the Conclave Fr Michael’s contact details they’re below.
Fr Michael Gielen, firstname.lastname@example.org or + 39 388 561 3408 (if using this number from NZ please keep in mind that Rome is 12 hours behind).
New Zealand Time Zone
For reaction and comment here in New Zealand the NZ Catholic Bishops will be available once an announcement of a new Pope is made.
Please note that Bishop Charles Drennan will be able to offer unique insight having worked as a speechwriter in the Vatican Secretariat of State up until 2011 prior to becoming a Bishop and through that work has met several of the Cardinals.
To contact Fr Michael or any of the NZ Catholic Bishops or for more information you can contact the Bishops Communications Adviser Simone Olsen 021 611 052, this number can be used at any time during the night (NZ time) given that Rome is 12 hours behind.
NZ Catholic Bishops
The NZ Catholic Bishops’ last visit to meet with the Pope in 2011. During this visit as well as meeting with the now Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI they met with many of the Cardinals that are tipped as possible candidates. The list of Bishops by region is below.
Auckland –Bishop Patrick Dunn
Hamilton – Bishop Denis Browne
Palmerston North – Bishop Charles Drennan
Wellington – Archbishop John Dew
Christchurch – Bishop Barry Jones
Dunedin – Bishop Colin Campbell
Vatican Information Service http://www.vis.va/vissolr/index.php?rf=all&in=entrata&st=pag
National Catholic Reporter (profiles some of the potential candidates) http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/read-all-john-allens-papabile-day-stories