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Two Wellington priests die on same day

Many people in Wellington archdiocese and beyond are mourning the deaths of two much-loved and respected senior priests on the same day last month. Church historian and former...

Aliens dialogue with linguist

The more challenging end of the science fiction spectrum should offer as much reward for the mind as for the senses.  In the past few years,...

Bishop disappointed at Hato Petera decision

The Minister of Education has made the decision not to close Hato Petera College on Auckland’s North Shore.A co-educational Year 9-13 state integrated school,...

Ellerslie principal leaves after 30 years

by SAIRA BOYLE Cheryl Cowan’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St Mary’s School, Ellerslie, concluded at the end of the 2016. Mrs Cowan’s 30 years of...

Kiwi at advocacy meeting in Rome

by EMMA DODSWORTH New Zealanders, especially Catholics, should consider what they can do in the face of the increasing power of the god of money.Forrest...

Experts warn against following overseas experience with euthanasia

by Debra Vermeer The practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise, and...

Tamaki misses mark with remarks

Courage New Zealand chaplain Fr Peter Farrant said he would not take seriously the comments of Destiny Church Bishop Brian Tamaki linking the actions of gays, sinners and murderers...

Pope has meal with homeless and gets 70,000 emails on his...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for...

The Catholic high school as parish mission

By DR DAN STOLLENWERK In the first year of his pontificate Pope Francis made news in an interview with the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, by likening the...

Marist acting principal at theologate

Theologian Fr Mervyn Duffy, SM, has been appointed acting principal of Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby from January, 2017. Good Shepherd College provides theological education in the Roman...

Trump victory no reason to do away with democracy

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried from time to time.”  Winston Churchill is recorded as saying this in...

Easter hope for St Mary of the Angels

It is hoped that the seismic strengthening work on St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington will be completed in time to celebrate the 2017 Easter...

The untold story of married Catholic priests

In Keeping the Vow, author Fr D. Paul Sullins, a sociologist and a former Episcopal priest, presents his research on a tiny but fascinating subcategory of American Catholic...

Funeral planning sessions held at Tauranga parish

The Vatican’s recent instruction on Christian practice with regard to human remains confirms what has been taught in funeral planning sessions in Tauranga parish. The Parish of St Thomas...

Prayer day for abuse victims set

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have designated the first Friday of Lent next year as a day of prayer and penance for victims of abuse and violence in New...

Week of devotion to Mary for Mangere parishes

by BRENDAN ROBERTS Candles flickered, voices rang out joyfully with prayers and singing as parishioners adored the Blessed Sacrament at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St...

Mother’s loss turns to discovery

Most film productions have their share of drama behind the scenes. Often these are bigger than what finally appears on the screen. For obvious reasons, the big...

Pope writes to Syrian president, pleading for peace and aid corridors

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect...

Rerum Novarum: how Leo XIII started a revolution

by LYN SMITH When Pope Leo XIIl released the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the conditions of the working classes or labour) on May 15, 1891...

Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send pope birthday greetings

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even though Pope Francis was planning a "normal" workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up...

Is there enough goodwill for future dialogue?

Writers’ festivals are places where aspiring and acknowledged literary luminaries often display their wares and take notes on the wares of others. The foreign editor of The Australian...

Reflection and prayers from Auckland church ‘legend’

by Pat Lythe On the Saturday of Labour weekend, an assembly of people, mainly Catholics, gathered at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Herne Bay, Auckland, to...

Akld bishop prays at Liston grave

For the first time, Auckland diocese’s Mass for deceased priests and their celebration of clergy jubilees was combined into one event on November 9. Bishop Patrick Dunn and Bishops Denis Browne and Owen...

Priest wings into Kaikoura quake zone

Kaikoura might have had its road and rail links with the outside world cut off for days after a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake, but its resourceful...

Family traces footsteps of martyred uncle

by VERNE TURNER & VERNON DOUGLAS Fr Vernon Douglas was a much loved member of the Douglas family from Johnsonville in Wellington. Vernon’s faith was deeply...

Anti-heroes of the lone star state

Few  would argue that the big open skies and arid landscapes of Texas have produced some of the best classic and modern westerns. As far...

Four centuries of Christchurch Vinnies service

In a worthy occasion, the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Christchurch recently celebrated a total of more than 400 years of apostolic work carried out...

Teen romance still strong after 70+ years

When Colin and Lyn Dodunski married in 1946, they lived in an old house with an old coal range. “At the time I would have lived...

Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia

Cardinal John Dew spoke on behalf of the New Zealand bishops at Parliament’s Health Select Committee on December 7, as part of the End...

Interchurch food bank 25 years old

by EVELYN LEECH Twenty five years ago, a need to help families and people living alone in Mt Wellington and Panmure areas was identified —...