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The Matrix spurs conversation

The Matrix, a hugely popular 1999 movie, was the catalyst for an evening of philosophy at the Catholic Discipleship College, Auckland, on April 6. The college, hosting about 40 guests,...

Oldest member College of Cardinals, dies at 100

Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan on May 26. He was...

Religion in NZ gets some high-level backing

New Zealand offers a model of religious tolerance for the rest of the world, according to former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, now head of...

Perpetual adoration reaches 20 years

Nestled among kauri trees and tui birdsong near Titirangi village in Auckland is the small Catholic church of Mount St Mary’s. On Sunday May 1, its congregation will celebrate...

Young people get behind the 2016 Caritas Challenge

Walkathons, dance-offs, pilgrimages and sleeping overnight in cardboard shelters are some of the “challenges” undertaken by schools and youth groups for the Caritas Challenge. Aimed at raising awareness about social...

Shroud shows the reality of the Passion

The Shroud of Turin shows the reality of the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ, according to Shroud presenter James Bertrand. Mr Bertrand, a student of and presenter about...

Former NZ freezing worker now vice-president of Burma

Henry Van Thio, who lived in Dunedin from 2011 until last year, has been sworn in as second vice-president in a historic moment for Myanmar (Burma).Only two years...

Drone drama flies on moral dilemmas

War films typically come in two kinds: straightforward action shows that depict heroism or have a satisfactory outcome, and those where conflicting motives produce uncertain outcomes.  History also judges specific...

Unjust conviction tested Kitty Cleveland’s family’s faith

American Catholic evangelist Kitty Cleveland has described her family’s experience at the hands of the FBI as a great trial that made them hold on more...

Author rejects Pompallier’s bad press

The latest book to be published on the life of Auckland’s first bishop, Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier, is a love story between Maori, the bishop and the...

Vinnies servants farewelled in commissioning Mass

Leaders from 13 Auckland colleges received their badges at the St Vincent de Paul Vinnies Commission Mass on April 9. In his homily, Bishop Patrick Dunn said this year’s...

Beloved Christhurch priest Msgr O’Connor dies

A priest who served Christchurch diocese for 63 years, Msgr Gerard Michael O’Connor, died at his home in Greymouth on April 12. At his requiem Mass on April...

Waikato University honours two of the region’s bishops

Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne and Anglican Archbishop Sir David Moxon have been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Waikato for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Waikato community.The two...

Finn’s Seven Worlds shows key truth

The family home of New Zealand rock royalty, Neil Finn, is on the market. His two boys have long moved out and it seems that he and...

Climbing trees still okay at primary school

St James Primary School students will keep climbing trees and playing touch rugby, even after the implementation of the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA)...

Devotees promote saintly pioneer priest, Fr Garin

Although one of New Zealand’s early missionary priests, Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, died in 1889, he still has passionate devotees. This was shown by the turnout at a...

Catholics cautioned on civil disobedience

Catholics have been warned about the consequences of civil disobedience if they become involved in protest action over fossil fuel use next month. The warning came in the April...

Happy Catholics School Day

Excellence is the main focus of Catholic Schools which are celebrated today for their continued contribution both to the Church and the country said...

Traditionalist order sees chance to come to NZ

A traditional Mass that once had an important influence on Fr Antony Sumich, FSSP, drew him back to New Zealand for a week or so last month. Fr...

Digital traffic load satisfying

Digital media boffins at Auckland diocese are happy at the high traffic through the diocese’s new website over Holy Week and Easter. From March 21 to March 29,...

Rotorua college builds links in the Philippines

Rotorua’s John Paul College is building relationships with Lasallian organisations in the Philippines to take part “in future outreach programmes to promote cross cultural interaction and support networks”. The college’s...

Memorial wall could remember those shut out

One of New Zealand’s oldest Catholic parishes long ago ran out of land for the burial of lay parishioners. But several current and former parishioners are proposing a...

For those with a desire to be affected by music:...

One place I go looking for ideas for this column is the several boxes of CDs which have survived recent downsizing efforts in our...

Sky-high choices get better

by NEVIL GIBSON Nearly 800,000 long-distance trips were made by New Zealanders last year. They travelled to Asia, Europe and across the Pacific on flights lasting at least nine hours. In-flight...

Renowned television and Passion play producer dies

The family of renowned New Zealand television producer Ross Jennings suffered a double loss on Good Friday, with two deaths within a few hours. Mr Jennings, 71, a...

Apostolate to ships’ crews given a fresh challenge

by MICHAEL OTTO Finding new ways of being Church. That was a challenge given to delegates at the Apostleship of the Sea Oceania regional meeting in Sydney in early March. The challenge was issued...

Cardinal and bishop note merciful emphasis in text

Pope Francis released his document on marriage and the family on April 9 New Zealand time, following two gatherings of bishops and various lay persons and extensive consultation...

Synod attendee thinks the Pope’s done a good job

Sharron Coles from Wellington, who attended the Synod on the Family in Rome last year, said the Pope’s document, Amoris Laetitia — the Joy of Love, did...

Pope Francis prayer intentions for May are on respect for women

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for the Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be...

NZ ethicist likes papal call on love and family

by JOHN KLEINSMAN In two days much had already been written about this highly anticipated document , and much more will surely be written on...