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Tortured Iraqi priest grieves for his flock

Newly-arrived Chaldean Catholic priest Fr Douglas Al-Bazi still feels a little guilty for leaving Iraq for New Zealand. There is so much work to do in...

Hastings parish plays it safe

The gastro outbreak in Havelock North has seen precautionary measures adopted at Catholic churches throughout the wider Hastings parish. Contaminated water has seen thousands of people affected in the...

Kiwi-Aussie bishop looks forward to ministry

Newly-ordained auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Richard Umbers said his soul will remain his priority as he works to serve God and the community in his new role.  The...

Caring Foundation demand up

The number of community agencies competing for funds from the Catholic Caring Foundation in Auckland increased by at least one third this year as...

SJV House completion in sight

St John Vianney House, a home for retired priests in Auckland, is expected to be completed by February 9 next year. Auckland Council of...

New General Manager for Auckland diocese

The new general manager of Auckland Catholic diocese is Mariette van Ryn, who has 30 years experience in management, governance, law and banking. She...

The third saint to set foot in NZ

With Mother Teresa being canonised as a saint on September 4, New Zealand can now claim to have had three official saints set foot...

The complex truth about Hitchens’ faith explored

by NANCY ROBERTS When Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in 2011, he was famous as a left-wing polemicist who...

Much-loved Samoan pastor Msgr Tevaga dies

A well-loved and respected Samoan priest, Msgr Lui Tevaga, died in Auckland on July 12, aged 72. Msgr Tevaga was ordained to the presbyterate...

Foul play in end-of-life debate

The director of The Nathaniel Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman, is surprised and appalled at the disingenuous tactics being employed by assisted suicide supporters....

Damon’s rogue agent returns

The North American summer blockbuster season is running out and looks like being the most disappointing ever, in commercial terms. The reason is not hard to find –...

Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking II

This is the second part of a two-part article written by Bishop Peter Cullinane titled: Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking. We cannot exclude from...

Order of Preachers celebrates 800 years

St Dominic’s new feast day was celebrated by Dominicans with Masses around the country on August 3. The Dominican family is also commemorating 800 years...

Christians aren’t greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said. "We...

Bishop and pupils share migration stories

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared his own migration story with pupils and staff from St Anne’s Catholic School in Manurewa on July 29. The occasion...

Catholic schools need to take some calculated risks

by Patrick Walsh In recent years there has been serious debate and reflection on the nature and purpose of our Catholic school network, including the excellent publication by...

A new safeguarding course

The first 19 graduates a Diploma of Advanced Studies, “Safeguarding Minors”, from the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection (CCP) received their qualifications in June. The one term programme...

Marist family celebrates origins 200 years on

by Fr MERVYN DUFFY, SM There are a lot of organisations and people in New Zealand who use the word “Marist” as part of their group or individual...

New “olive leaf” parish centre planned for Arrowtown

by PETER OWENS A plan has been developed for adding an “olive leaf” parish centre to the site of St Patrick’s church in Arrowtown, near Queenstown. The site...

Don’t forget Iraqi Christians, says priest

As he prepared to leave New Zealand, Chaldean Catholic parish priest Fr Fawzi Hanna has asked all Catholics to continue asking the New Zealand Government to grant...

Songs that are measured, honest and true

“This collection of songs came out of a hard time, including loss and relocation,” singersongwriter Grant-Lee Phillips told music site Noisetrade, talking about his latest album The Narrows....

A Catholic priest who enjoyed Ramadan

by Fr Patrick McInerney It was a wonderful month. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was out most nights. I met lots of old friends. I made new friends....

Bishops send strong challenge to school trustees

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have written to members of boards of trustees of Catholic schools warning against giving priority to secular concerns at the expense of Catholic character. In...

World prayer for abuse survivors coming

“Listen to the survivors.” This is the first important step the Catholic Church has to take when dealing with survivors of clerical abuse, said Fr Hans Zollner, SJ,...

TV show reports Carmelite commitment

“I was so happy, so happy, and I was filled with peace. It just felt right.” That was how viewers of TVNZ’s Sunday show on August 14 heard Carmelite...

Gore school expands

by PETER OWENS Work has started on a $1 million project to expand St Mary’s School in Gore. Principal Annie Nelson said the school roll is increasing and...

Dean of Auckland is next Archdeacon of Canterbury

The Church of England announced the appointment of  the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, the current Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland, as the next...

Vision-impaired Jesuit ordained at St Patrick’s

Wearing twin telescopes on his glasses, and using a white stick to help him find his way, Fr Justin Glyn, SJ, was ordained as...

Don’t punish for not naming babies’ dads

An event organised by Wellington archdiocese has prompted a call for the abolition of a provision of social security law that sanctions women on benefits who don’t name the...

Hato Paora student wins Caritas song competition

Standing out from a record number of entries, Hato Pāora College student, Nikau Te Huki’s song Now or Never has won the senior category in the annual...