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Burns Lodge status questioned

by JEFF DILLON The legal status of the Dunedin Catholic diocese Burns Lodge as an accommodation provider has been questioned recently by an undisclosed person. A...

Three different paths to the priesthood

Being with God’s people and ministering to them is what three new priests from Christchurch diocese are looking forward to most about their futures....

Last chance for young New Zealanders to talk to the Vatican

There is just over a week to go for Young New Zealanders take up the chance to be part of an international conversation with...

My biggest worry: the lack of priestly vocations in NZ

On the Feast of St James I shall celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my ordination as a bishop. It is not a major...

Friars seek help for friary renovation

St Francis Retreat Centre on Hillsborough Rd in Auckland is closed for renovations until the end of August. This is the first time the...

Bishops highlight Election issues

An election statement released by New Zealand’s Catholic bishops ahead of the September 23 General Election discusses 10 key considerations in shaping this country’s...

Lay evangelist issues a missionary call

Filipino Catholic lay evangelist Bo Sanchez has a message for Kiwis: “God has a plan for their lives. The blessings are available if we...

Seymour bill is a little shop of horrors

In the musical and film Little Shop of Horrors, there is a song that is titled “Suddenly Seymour”. One of the lines goes: “Suddenly Seymour is...

Corpus Christi procession in Titirangi

Motorists and people in Titirangi’s cafes and shops witnessed a Corpus Christi procession complete with canopy, thurifer, monstrance and parishioners on June 18. Fr Anthony Sumich, FSSP, carried the monstrance...

Never too late to study

It is never too late to study — this could be a saying applied to Akaroa’s parish priest Fr Paul Shannahan, SM. Fr Shannahan, 82, a former...

Sewing to protect girls from sex trade

Mary Connors started a sewing group in Thames a couple months ago. Far from being a way to pass time, this group hopes to prevent girls...

St Bede’s old boys to fore at Niue opening

Five St Bede’s College (Christchurch) old boys were at a ceremony for the official opening of the conference centre and hotel extension of the Matavai Hotel...

Parishioners make bags to care for planet

by JEFF DILLON It may well have started with an ungraceful fall at the local supermarket but the fallout has certainly produced some very “grace full” moments since...

France’s first black clown

A few years ago, the lack of non-white faces in the Hollywood Oscar nominations was a matter of major controversy. This year, a film with only black faces,...

Fr Paddy’s 60 years celebrated

Fr Paddy Collins’ six decades of priesthood were celebrated on Trinity Sunday, June 11, at St Francis de Sales and All Souls parish in...

Pope, others pray as parents of Charlie Gard end legal struggle...

By Simon Caldwell MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could...

Sorrow at death of prominent Maori priest

by PAT RHODES Pā Steven Thomas Hancy was born in Wairoa on September 23, 1953, and passed away in Whanganui on May 27, 2017. Pā Hancy...

Faith, family are Merrilyn’s support in her service

When Ohakune’s Merrilyn George began receiving congratulations upon the awarding of a Queen’s Service Medal, she was quick to refer to her family and...

Lutheran-Catholic steps to closer future

by MARTIN de JONG Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral was packed for a Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenical Service on June 4 commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,...

Glenfield parish wants to get its history written

St Thomas More Catholic church in Glenfield, Auckland is probably home to the most diverse parish in the country, with some 50 flags displayed...

Participation in a General Election

by Bishop Peter Cullinane Where would the followers of Christ begin to think about this year’s General Election? I suggest our thinking needs to come out...

New centre integrates school with its parish

by EMMA DODSWORTH A new mission centre in Hawera features the offices of the Catholic school principal and the parish priest under the same roof,...

e-Conference to look at Pope Francis’ leadership

Catholic parishes and religious communities across New Zealand and Australia are preparing for a global e-conference in August which will reflect on the topic...

Aubert’s 182nd birthday celebrated

Around 300 people gathered together on the night of June 19 to celebrate with the Sisters of Compassion the 182nd birthday of New Zealand’s...

Joy as new school opens in Takanini

Auckland’s diocese’s newest primary school, Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, celebrated its official opening on June 9. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn thanked “the...

Suzanne Aubert Day in October

The Sisters of Compassion and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference have announced the first Sunday of October as a day of celebration for...

The wisdom of monks and mystics

ILLUMINATING THE WAY: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics, by Christine Valters Paintner (Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2016). Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies...

Hamilton clergy appointments

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe announced the appointments of several priests in new roles.These appointments took effect in May. Fr Santey Kizhakkinedath, SDB, was made chaplain...

First album for Kiwi cruise musician

Working as a musician on a cruise ship gave Eli Moore a trove of music that eventually led to his first album. “I have maybe...

Deported Doug trying to return to PNG

The role of religious workers in Papua New Guinea became the crux of a controversy as the Papua New Guinea government deported Kiwi lay...