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NZ ambassador to Vatican at papal audience

New Zealand’s new ambassador to the Holy See was among diplomats received in audience by Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican...

Valuable resources to help us grow in personal prayer

PRAYING ON EMPTY: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND. TwentyThird Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2017). 104 pp., US$12.95....

Public gets closer look at historic St Gerard’s

by GORDON COPELAND St Gerard’s church (1908) and monastery (1932), which were built by the Redemptorist order and are now owned by the lay-led Institute...

Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October...

Greek myth inspires thriller

The French theory of “auteurism” has proved a valuable way to view and analyse films. Though it originated in France as far back as...

Bishop dons skis on southern heights

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin may well have participated in a first for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. While visiting Central Otago to administer...

School mural shows beautiful North-East Valley

by JEFF DILLON Thinking positively by Sacred Heart School in North East Valley, Dunedin, produced a top result with the school winning the primary school...

NZ bishops to ask ICEL to look at 1998 translation

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference will ask the members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to review the 1998...

Farewell to Polish refugee who had remarkable life

The life of Helena Wanda Ellis, a leading light in Auckland’s Polish community, was a story of resilience, tragedy, faith and love that is...

Pope Francis appoints Fr Paul Martin, SM, as new Bishop of...

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Paul Martin, SM, as the next Bishop of Christchurch diocese. Bishop-Elect Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch...

The spiritual dimension of suicide prevention

A recent UNICEF report showed that New Zealand has the highest rate of adolescent suicide of any country. What a record to have! If...

Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide

The Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui in celebrating a Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide, acknowledged that...

St Mary’s new science block named after former principal

A much-needed architecturally-designed science centre was opened at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby on October 14 to cater to its more than 900 students studying science. ...

Maori college celebrates 150 years in style

by PAT HICKEY Many fond memories were shared and many remarkable achievements were noted at the 150th anniversary celebrations of St Joseph’s Māori Girl’s College...

Euthanasia referendum given bioethicist thumbs down

A Catholic bioethicist has given an emphatic thumbs down to any use of a referendum on legalised assisted suicide and/or euthanasia in this country. Director...

Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) -- Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27...

Major media role for former editor

Former NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham has been appointed as media and communications director of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. After joining NZ Catholic...

Priests’ jubilees celebrated in P.NorthSchool

by EMMA DODSWORTH Seven priests of Palmerston North Diocese celebrated significant jubilees at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on October 10. They were Fr Joe...

Pope Francis thanked for support of Rohingyas

On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar, members of the Rohingya community in Auckland alongside Amnesty International New Zealand and...

Pointers for singing properly at Mass

The opening hymn at a Mass is not a travelling music piece for the priest to make a grand entrance — and the closing...

‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving...

CDC seeks to raise funds for permanent home

The Catholic Discipleship College is hoping to raise $1 million by January next year in order to purchase a permanent facility where it can...

Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died...

Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New...

Christian viewpoints harder to express

Intelligent moral debate and discussion within the public sphere are becoming endangered. Loud voices, which do not necessarily represent the majority, shout down views...

St Bede’s launches campaign for new chapel

A campaign has been launched to raise $1.5 million towards the construction of a new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. The “A little...

Call for stronger environmental policies

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the new Parliament of New Zealand to implement stronger policies and frameworks that take account of the...

A new era starts for Island Bay Home of Compassion

by MARTIN DE JONG Our Lady’s Home of Compassion at Island Bay, Wellington, entered a new era on October 14 as the final resting place...

Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than...

Family Pilgrimage visits North Island Marian sites

by PATRICIA SISON On September 30 to October 1, a contingent of families set out on a pilgrimage visiting sacred sites in the North Island...