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Pacific

Australia offers PNG help after dozens die in tribal massacre

Australia is ready to assist Papua New Guinea authorities in quelling violence after dozens of people were killed in a massacre on the weekend. Source: The Age.

Bishops Pacific

Episcopal Conference of the Pacific elects a new president

The Episcopal Conference of the Pacific, which is part of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference of Oceania, elected a new president at its plenary assembly in New Caledonia last week.

Employment In The Dioceses Pacific

Parishes welcome Pacific Islander workers

Ways in which the Church and community groups can welcome and help seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands were discussed at a recent meeting in Launceston. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Pacific

New Caledonians take to the streets to demand funding for Catholic schools

Thousands of people have marched in Noumea in support of New Caledonia’s Catholic schools, which are struggling to keep operating. Source: Radio New Zealand.

Pacific

Vatican halts plan to rebuild Christchurch cathedral

The Vatican’s supreme court has stepped into Christchurch Diocese’s contentious building program, swiftly halting plans that include a new cathedral in the central city. Source: Stuff.co.nz

Disaster Pacific

Auckland Catholics launch appeal for victims of Cyclone Gabrielle

Auckland Diocese has launched an appeal to help Cyclone Gabrielle victims in the Hamilton and Palmerston North dioceses. Source: NZ Catholic.

Disaster Pacific

Prime Minister says New Zealand facing tough recovery 

New Zealand has a steep mountain to climb as a tough recovery begins in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said, confirming 11 people have died with more fatalities possible. Source: Stuff.

Pacific

Replica of Fatima chapel planned for Samoa

An exact replica of the Little Chapel of Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, is set to be built in Samoa after it was chosen by the World Apostolate of Fatima to become one of its regional centres in the world. Source: NZ Catholic.

Aged Care Pacific

Catholic sector’s ‘Pacific remedy’ to ease workforce crisis in aged care

The Federal Government should introduce industry-wide visa sponsorships for the aged care sector to help plug a huge workforce shortage, says Catholic Health Australia.