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Couples need to avoid ‘The Four Horsemen’

by PETER GRACE The presence in a marriage of four particular negative behaviours, known sometimes as the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, are strong predictors of divorce, says counsellor,...

Spread message of divine mercy, Krakow cardinal tells WYD pilgrims, including...

By Jonathan Luxmoore KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- St. John Paul II's former secretary urged young Catholics to share their faith, experiences and hopes and spread...

Two new priests with very different stories

Fr Marchellino Park realised his calling to priesthood after God granted him a second lease on life following a robbery and brutal beating several years ago that...

Orlando horror an evil against every one of us

On June 12, Omar Mateen, 29, walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando,Florida, and shot and killed 49 people in the second-worst mass shooting in United States’...

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning...

A worthy gift from father to child

“Six top pop-rock songs for a top son": that was the working title for this piece (my wife detested it). It’s been kicking around in my head since...

Founding principal sees school as community hub

Former associate principal Peta Lindstrom has been appointed principal of a school that doesn’t exist yet — at least in bricks and mortar form. Mrs Lindstrom started earlier...

This lady’s no plain Jane

The works of Jane Austen have created about 60 screen adaptations from just six novels. That doesn’t include her first short work of fiction, written in the epistolary form around 1794 when...

Pilgrims follow Te Tai Tokerau Footsteps

by SIAN OWEN Thanks to the popularity of pilgrim ways such as El Camino de Santiago, there is a growing reawakening of the practice of pilgrimage. In Aotearoa New...

Perspectives shared across generations

Global warming, domestic violence, Mercy values and freedom of speech were among the issues discussed at a Mercy Spiritual Centre forum on May 18. The centre’s Intergenerational Forum 2016...

Diocesan general manager steps down

by LYNDSAY FREER After 15 years as general manager of New Zealand’s largest Catholic diocese, Auckland, Kerry Coleman has decided that the time has come for him to...

Church joins U.K. project to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in England and Wales has joined a government project to resettle an estimated 20,000 refugees from the...

Church still learning to be environmentally on to it?

A year after Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, the New Zealand Church is still in the process of learning of how...

Churches among those swept up in Pokemon Go craze

By Jennifer Brinker ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Since its release in the United States July 6, Pokemon Go has quickly become a cultural phenomenon. In the...

Staff challenged to plan for diocesan growth

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has urged the faithful to reflect on what place Jesus is given in the Church’s efforts at evangelisation, as he challenged his...

Honour for all judiciary, says dame

Justice Dame Ellen France, recently appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court, a Catholic woman, thinks that being knighted reflects the work of the judiciary...

Cardinal questions orientation of Mass

A senior New Zealand priest has questioned the idea that celebrating parts of the Mass towards the east is “essential”, as has been advocated...

Pope calls attack on Nice act of ‘blind violence’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence." The pope expressed...

Hospice work brings QSM

A Little Company of Mary sister who has been involved with the hospice movement in New Zealand since the 1980s has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal. Sr Mary...

Protesters out against Hollywood film

Pro-life and disability groups held peaceful protest actions against the movie Me Before You which started screening in New Zealand cinemas on June 15. The protest actions led by...

New Rite of Blessing for expectant parents and their unborn child

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference are offering a new publication Ko Te Ritenga Whakapai I Ngā Mātua Me Tā Rāua Tamaiti Kei Roto...

Science no enemy of faith, says academic

An Auckland Computer Science academic says he is at a loss to understand what many see as the modern dichotomy between science and religion. Dr Robert Sheehan,...

U.S. and Spanish journalists will lead Vatican press office

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named two experienced journalists -- including its first female vice director -- to lead the Vatican press office. Greg...

Stepping up for the Year of Mercy

by ROWENA OREJANA Parishioners of St Joseph’s in Upper Hutt powered through more than 30 kilometres of a “Hikoi of Mercy Walk” with prayers, songs...

Low decile, supreme award

The school that has won the Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award attributes its success to the Catholic character and Mercy values that are intrinsic to everything the school...

Are Catholics letting down the community?

by Jim Consedine In Christchurch in the past five years, there has been huge disruption to daily routines and placement. People have been seeking out places of refuge — an...

Encouraging action on ecological issues

Reviewed by PAT LYTHE Living in the Planet Earth, the latest by Accent Publications, speaks right into one of the major issues of our time and challenges those...

Politicians told now a very bad time for euthanasia

A New Zealand Catholic bioethics centre has told politicians that there has never been a more dangerous time in this country to make assisted suicide or euthanasia...

Budget inadequate, say helping agencies

The Government’s 2016 Budget, announced on May 26, has not been warmly welcomed by Christian agencies and others working with those in poverty. Several groups immediately noted what they...

Kiwi band gets on with stuff

“Seems to me that the musicians  responsible for the soundtrack to filmmaker Taika Waititi’s recent triumph Hunt for the Wilderpeople played no small part in its success. The...