New Zealand

Pastoral care practice must not risk COVID-19 transmission Comments 0

pastoral care

The archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew said consideration must be given to the Covid-19 level 4 regulations when practising pastoral care. He said there is a need to be pastorally close to the sick person and their family but not risk further virus transmission. “The regulations around movement are to absolutely minimise the possibility Read more

Number of covid-19 cases continues to rise at Auckland Catholic school Comments 0

Marist college

The number of staff and students at Auckland’s Marist College who have tested positive for coronavirus has risen to 11. Stephen Dallow, Marist Girls College board of trustees chairman, said seven of the cases were teachers, including the school’s principal, Raechelle Taulu, while the other four were students. “We believe we will have more cases tomorrow and ask Read more

Analysis and Comment

Pray Today NZ – Jesus wept – Video reflection Lent week 5 Comments 0

Pray Today NZ - Jesus Wept

Jesus wept tears, he wept because he was human. Jesus grieved, unashamed – his friend was dead. He remembered Lazarus’ face, his welcoming smile, his laughter. He remembered the hours they had sat talking; chewing the fat, shooting the breeze. Jesus wept for all that is passing.  Lazarus was gone, dead and buried and Read more

Location, location, location? How coronavirus is reshaping our sense of place Comments 0

working from home

There are few times stranger to start cohabiting with one’s partner than the week before a citywide lockdown. Less than two weeks after I moved the majority of my things across New York City, I found myself occupying a new, though by now not unfamiliar, apartment. Thanks to the restrictions of the lockdown, the geography Read more

Will COVID-19 Lead to a long-term shift in church attendance? Comments 0

We are entering truly unprecedented times for people of faith. Churches, synagogues, and mosques around the world have suspended regular worship services for an indefinite period of time. This coming weekend may represent the fewest people engaging in corporate worship in the last two millennia. This is uncharted waters for those in church leadership. Many Read more

Where is God in a pandemic? Comments 0

Last summer I underwent radiation treatment. And every time I passed through the doorway marked “Radiation Oncology,” my heart seemed to skip a beat. While I was in little danger (my tumour was benign, and, yes, one sometimes needs radiation for that), I daily met people who were close to death. Every weekday for six Read more

Pray Today NZ – Jesus wept – Video reflection Lent week 5 Comments 0

Pray Today NZ - Jesus Wept

Jesus wept tears, he wept because he was human. Jesus grieved, unashamed – his friend was dead. He remembered Lazarus’ face, his welcoming smile, his laughter. He remembered the hours they had sat talking; chewing the fat, shooting the breeze. Jesus wept for all that is passing.  Lazarus was gone, dead and buried and Read more

  • Oddly

    • Evangelicals say this not the end of the world

      The worldwide upheaval caused by the fast-spreading novel coronavirus pandemic has many people reaching for their Bibles, and some starting to wonder: Could this be a sign of the end of the world? Read more
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  • Pope’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing: “Do not be afraid” Comments 0

    An ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing is a papal address and apostolic blessing. It is given by the pope to the people of Rome (urbi) and the world (orbi) on certain solemn occasions. It was part of the special prayer service Pope Francis led last Friday. Broadcast across the world, Francis prayers at St. Peter’s Basilica, Read more

  • Pope’s “hope in humanity” amid coronavirus Comments 0

    Pope Francis said he has “hope in humanity” during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an interview for a television programme this week, Francis was asked if he was “optimistic” in face of the pandemic. He replied, “that’s a word I don’t like, because optimism to me, I’m not saying it is, to me sounds like Read more

  • Conservative cardinal says Mass should be available during lockdown Comments 0

    Conservative cardinal, Raymond Burke, has published a letter on his website saying access to Mass and the sacraments should be available even during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. “In considering what is needed to live, we must not forget that our first consideration is our relationship with God,” Burke wrote. “That is why it is essential Read more

  • Christian churches join in Lord’s Prayer Comments 0

    Pope Francis, along with Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant church leaders and Christians throughout the world joined in simultaneous prayer on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Church of England also asked Anglicans to join Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury in praying with Francis, tweeting: “Please join us wherever you are. Read more

  • Reports of dying priest giving up his respirator are false Comments 0

    Reports of a dying priest giving the respirator donated by his parish to a younger patient are not true, the secretary general of his diocese, Fr. Giulio Dellavite, says. While Fr. Giuseppe Berardelli (pictured) is remembered fondly by those who knew him as a man of kindness and self-sacrifice, he did not do this. “There Read more