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New full biography a milestone in Colin cause

The first full-length biography since the 19th century of a man whose name, it is said, deserves to be as well-known as that of Samuel Marsden in...

Alleged racism confrontation in US more complex than first portrayed

WASHINGTON (CNS) - An exchange between Catholic high school students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington on January 18 led to vilification...

‘Translation wars’ running out of steam?

More than a year after Pope Francis issued his Motu Propio on liturgical translations, Magnum Principium, the fight over the “translation wars” seemed to...

Abrahamic faiths deepen understanding

What are a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian doing having a coffee together at the Botanical Gardens in Wellington?  Those who watch television...

First Baptism at the Otago Corrections Facility

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley baptised a prisoner inside the Otago Corrections Facility on December 9, in what was a moving ceremony witnessed by prison...

21 Kiwis heading for WYD in Panama in January

A contingent of 21 New Zealanders will attend the international celebration for the 2019 World Youth Day (WYD2019) in Panama.  The event will be attended by thousands...

Christchurch schools celebrate sacred music

by INFORM Editorial Team November 22 is the feast of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. On the morning of the feast day this year,...

A tiny lady with the warmest of hearts

Janina Sarniak was a tiny lady with the warmest of hearts. Each Sunday for 20 years she would take her seat in the front pew...

NZ bishops help quake-ravaged PNG diocese

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has donated $15,000 to the earthquake-ravaged diocese of Mendi in Papua New Guinea to help with its on-going...

Archdiocese has a new pro-cathedral

by Fr RON BENNETT Because Wellington’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is closed for earthquake-strengthening, Karori’s St Teresa’s church officially became the Pro-Cathedral of the...

Decades of service in Maori mission recognised by Pope

A priest who has worked in the Maori mission in New Zealand since the 1950s has been honoured by Pope Francis. Pa Mikaere (Michael) Ryan,...

Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is...

by PETER OWENS The chapel at St Peter’s College in Gore is to receive an upgrade and extension. The St Peter's College Foundation has announced that...

Catholics in P.North anti-weapons protest

Catholics in Palmerston North were among the 200 protesters who joined the Peace March on October 31 in opposition to the trade fair for...

Mary comes back to her Tuakau grotto

by PHIL McLAUGHLIN Sunday, November 18, at Tuakau saw a large gathering of Marist Brothers, former brothers and old boys assemble at the Tuakau Hotel...

Port Chalmers church celebrates 140-year history

by JEFF DILLON To the words of the hymn "Gather us in", a group of people with a variety of connections to the St Mary...

St Heliers parish brings Christmas joy to neighbours

St Ignatius Catholic parish has raised, organised and delivered 370 Christmas hampers full of goodies to schools and a religious group who are looking...

Late blooming talent put to good use

The colourful Christmas cards were spread out on her table adding to the brightness of the flowers in the yellow vase and her electric...

Thomas Merton anniversary marked

By Sr Eleanor Capper, RSJ December 10 marked 50 years since the death of the famous Trappist monk and international author Thomas Merton. He died...

Hamilton diocese event celebrates families

More than two hundred people from some 39 families in the Hamilton diocese came together on the weekend of November 9-11 to celebrate families. The...

Vinnies base becomes a toy shop

St Vincent de Paul Wellington has temporarily converted their office at Riddiford Street in Newtown into a one-of-a-kind toy shop where parents can get...

The Christmas season can be full of surprises for chaplains who work with seafarers. Last year, the Apostleship of the Sea Catholic chaplain at the...

Bethlehem’s light has never been extinguished

One of the visual attractions of this time of year is the growing practice of decorating houses with Christmas lights. A prominent example is Franklin...

Peace to all people and to all nations on earth

The message of Pope Francis for this year’s World Day of Peace began with these words: “Peace to all people and to all nations...

Silent Night trending at Tauranga Hospital

At Tauranga Hospital, the song Silent Night is the most requested Christmas carol from hospital chaplains walking around the wards singing and spreading cheer. The...

Filipino priest brings faith and food together

by PATRICIA SISON Close to two hundred people were fed physically and spiritually at the Family Banquet event on November 10 in Tawa Wellingon, featuring...

New priest ordained for Dunedin diocese

by Jeff Dillon A South Korean, Jaewoo Joseph Lee, was ordained a priest for Dunedin diocese in a joyful ceremony at a Friday evening ordination Mass on...

Wgtn goes all out for World Day of the Poor

The Archdiocese of Wellington went all out for the World Day of the Poor last month as parishes and organisations arranged a variety of activities...

Cardinal Dew holds up Nano Nagle as example

Wellington Cardinal John Dew called on the faithful to heed the words of Nano Nagle “who was giving her all to the poor long before Pope Francis began...

Accompanying a suffering person gives perspective

Suffering has become a taboo in modern culture, but it is actually the greatest privilege in the world. This was what writer and academic Dr...