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‘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...

Caritas responds to emergencies

Caritas is responding around the world to humanitarian emergencies related to extreme weather, earthquakes and refugee relocation. Monsoon rain has led to flooding in India,...

Jeanette on vocational journey of Mercy

Sunday, September 17, was a special day for Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Sr Jeanette Mathers professed her vows to...

Rejoicing at restored Hamilton St Mary’s Chapel

by JOHN FONG The instruction from Bishop Denis Browne (when he was Bishop of Hamilton) was clear: Restore St Mary’s Chapel. This involved earthquake-strengthening, upgrading...

Jesus Youth gather in Chch

by Jenny McPhee Praise and worship music with a beautiful Indian sound filled St Teresa’s parish hall in Riccarton on September 9, as “Jesus Youth”...

Patience urged in wait for new Mass translation

Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio, Magnum Principium (“The Great Principle”) has opened the way for a more relatable translation of the Mass and other...

Thoughts after the death of Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner has died. While it is unsurprising that many news reports of his death focus on his Playboy empire’s promotion of sexual promiscuity and...

Indian cardinal liked NZ during pastoral visit

The Syro-Malabar Catholic community in New Zealand was thrilled to be visited last month by Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the major archbishop of their...

Enquiry centre aims to reach new generation

The Catholic Enquiry Centre has been re-organised to enable it to reach a new generation through different social media platforms as well as support...

Fans of Jesuit author will find surprises in collection of...

JAMES MARTIN: Essential Writings, selected and with an introduction by James T. Keane. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2017). 245 pp., US$22. Reviewed by...

Passion for teaching lasts decades

After nearly fifty years in the education sector, Erika Bon decided to retire. “I’m nearly 68. I don’t want to still be here when I’ve...

Cluny nuns have chapter

On August 14-19, the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny held their provincial chapter at their Cluny Retreat Centre, Tauranga. The elected members came...

19,000 cans collected for SVDP benefit

The Cans for Christmas project this year exceeded expectations in collecting 19,000 cans of food for the Society of St Vincent De Paul for...

NZ charismatics look to bright future

“If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” So stated one verse among many songs lifted up to...

Digital learning programme to 100 schools

The Manaiakalani Education Trust is rolling out its digital education programme to 50 more low decile schools throughout New Zealand next year. Manaiakalani trust chairman...

Hamilton looks to encounter Christ anew

Hamilton’s diocesan pastoral council has suggested several reasons why numbers are declining at Sunday Mass. In a forum made available on the Hamilton diocese’s website,...

NZCBC youth council chair appointed

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has appointed Dave Mullin as chair of the newly established NZCBC Council for Young People. The council is tasked...

Monk’s mission at summit

The global political agenda each year is studded with summits of world leaders. Some are more interesting than others, depending on which issues are...

St Dominic’s College celebrates jubilee

by SARAH ROBERTS A beaded tapestry, with roots dating back to the 1870s, has helped mark 50 years since St Dominic’s Catholic College opened in...

Historic Catholic Maori hui for Akld

In a first for Auckland diocese, a hui for Catholic Māori in the diocese is to be held in November. The hui, titled “Te Iwi...

Move for bi-culturalism at the synod

by MARTIN de JONG For Frances Peho Wilson, of Te Ngakau Tapu parish in Porirua, the synod was an event of “total reliance on the...