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NZ resource to boost families

A new book aimed at strengthening families so as to become communities of life and love is to be launched in Wellington this month.Love is our...

Suzanne Aubert declared ‘venerable’

by Simone Olsen Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major...

South to city mercy pilgrimage

After walking the best part of 16km on a pilgrimage from Otahuhu to St Patrick’s Cathedral in central Auckland on October 29, all Elifasa Ipiniu could say...

Arrowtown’s ‘olive leaf’ centre proposal faces opposition

by PETER OWENS A protest group has been formed in opposition to a proposal to build an “olive leaf” design community building next to the historic Church of...

Hamilton bishop learns Vatican ropes

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton found attending a recent Vatican course for new bishops to be both stimulating and challenging.  Every two years, the Congregation for the...

Akld Ted helps South Island church

Ted Whiting did not hesitate to step up to the plate when he heard St Patrick’s church in Akaroa needed funds for it to be restored to...

Chch cathedral future up to new bishop

A final decision about saving the nave of the earthquake damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch and progressively building back other parts of the cathedral is to...

Cardinal Dew appointed to Rome worship congregation

The New Zealand Catholic bishops welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to appoint Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the...

Romance, fashion and history for a cause

It was the perfect melding of romance, fashion and history for a social cause. When the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Dunedin pastoral area...

Will NZ church changes be evident at the top?

The diversity of the list of new cardinals announced by Pope Francis this month expresses the universality of the Church, an important theme in...

A Marian devotion for mental well-being

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week in early October was all about connecting with nature, but one Hamilton Catholic is promoting another type...

Bishop Campbell’s ongoing 75th birthday

by JEFF DILLON With a seemingly endless round of birthday celebrations which threatened to equal in number his actual years, the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop...

Pope chooses focus on Mary for upcoming WYD celebrations

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has chosen a focus on Mary for the next World Youth Day celebrations, which will be...

New Passionist family movement leaders

by JUDE McKEE A recent Sunday Mass at St Theresa’s Parish in Plimmerton featured a very special celebration. For the past 25 years, Rob and...

Southern school goes shade of hi-tech green

Rangiora’s Catholic primary school has harnessed the power of the sun using a novel implementation of solar power technology. On October 14, a new hybrid...

Akld Catholic schools struggle to recruit staff

The cost of living, especially housing, in Auckland is now so high that Catholic schools in the city are struggling to recruit suitably qualified...

Rediscovering the value of motherhood

Becoming a mother can be an identity crisis for the modern woman. A generation or two ago women seemed to more naturally turn their...

285 priestly years celebrated in Palmerston North

Two hundred and eighty five years of priestly service was celebrated at the Palmerston North diocese Jubilarians’ Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy...

Move to shut down Thames pro-life protest

Voice for Life members in Thames have vowed to continue their protest against abortion “for as long as it takes” after pro-abortion elements tried and failed...

Catholic identity vital for De Paul House after 30 years

Preserving its special character, as well as ongoing funding requirements, will continue to be the main challenges for Catholic social agency De Paul House. De Paul House general manager Jan...

Do Christians really care about trading at Easter?

One of the unfortunate things about government in New Zealand is the low turnout in local body elections.  All the indications are that the turnout for this month’s...

Catholicism and art talk at Wgtn gallery

by MARTIN DE JONG An artistic dialogue between life and religion took place at City Gallery Wellington last month, as photographer Anne Noble and poet/painter Greg O’Brien discussed how Catholicism had...

Defending the family today requires that a person be righteous

German author and sociologist Gabriele Kuby has warned against “a new totalitarianism that is destroying freedom in the name of freedom”.  Mrs Kuby, author of The Global...

Principal retires after 26 years in charge

Bernard Fitzgibbon’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St John’s School, Mairangi Bay, concluded at the end of the third school term.  Mr Fitzgibbon’s 26 years of...

New Catholic Enquiry Centre appointments announced

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has announced two new appointments at the Catholic Enquiry Centre. Fr Neil Vaney, SM, has been appointed as part-time chaplain and Dave Mullin has...

Kiwi cardinal celebrates historic Mass

Cardinal John Dew of Wellington was the principal celebrant at an historic Catholic Mass in the undercroft of the Church of England’s Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. The vigil Mass, which was celebrated...

Sensitive ministry requires personal approach

Pope Francis is giving us an urgent call to look at the issue of homosexuality more deeply by understanding the person first and foremost. Courage International associate...

Report details hardship in Pacific nations

Cases of children having to eat cassava roots softened with paracetamol and people dying from lack of food and clean water are among the examples of widespread hunger...

Burton burnishes macabre vision

Few directors have built up as consistent a body of work as Tim Burton. In a career that spans nearly 30 years, he has created 16 features that celebrate the...

Music ministry conference a hit

by Ken Joblin The first weekend in October saw Catholics converge on Christchurch for a music ministry conference. Earlier this year, Christchurch diocese was offered some formation from its own...