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Kiwis helping save kids from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven...

Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing...

Book hails Auckland Latin Mass champion

By MICHAEL OTTO An Auckland priest who waged a largely lone battle for years over the liturgy has had an account written of his working...

New monasticism takes God to streets

by MICHAEL OTTO When Catholics think of monasticism, names like St Anthony of Egypt in the desert and St Benedict and his rule come to...

Pope gives young people three missions before synod, WYD

ROME (CNS) - On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were;...

Community garden sprouts in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON In the Mercy pastoral area in South Dunedin the seed of an idea is beginning to sprout and show signs of growth...

St Mary’s royal former student dies

St Mary’s College in Ponsonby has bid a sad farewell to one of its most distinguished former students – the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s...

Kiwis in Rome for youth-focused meeting

Auckland diocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry team leader Teresa McNamara and Isabella McCafferty from Wellington archdiocese’s Family and Young Church Vicariate have been chosen as delegates...

Seminarians make hikoi to Hamilton diocese

Seminarians from New Zealand’s national diocesan seminary went on a hikoi to Hamilton diocese to experience the New Zealand Church “in a more intimate way”.  Holy Cross...

Call for abuse cases to be dealt with regionally

A New Zealand Catholic Church official has suggested that priests accused of sex abuse would be better dealt with regionally, rather than their cases being referred to...

A journey through the theological life of the retired pope

Reviewed by BRIAN WELTER (CNS)  Peter Seewald’s interview of Pope Benedict, which follows from previous interviews and works including Salt of the Earth, offers readers a journey through the theological...

Maori deacon in bishops’ conference role

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard will be taking on a new part-time role with the Secretariat for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.  Deacon Karatea-Goddard will be supporting the secretariat and...

Many firsts as new Moerewa church opened

by WIGA AUTET More than 400 people — the living stones of the local Church — gathered inMoerewa, Bay of Islands, on a windy Saturday afternoon on...

The most impressive film of the year

When the annual awards season comes around, the question of too few films made by women usually arises. A lack of ethnic diversity in the movie industry is...

Blessing for new Takanini Catholic school

February 6 marked a very special day for Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, south Auckland, as it prepared to open its doors to the community...

Akld caring foundation boost for quake recovery work

The Auckland diocese, through Bishop Patrick Dunn’s Catholic Caring Foundation, raised more than $67,000 for families and individuals affected by the earthquakes towards the end of last year.  “Thanks...

Akld commission calls for decent society with participation

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Government to accepts its responsibility to focus on building a decent society where everyone has enough to participate fully,...

Caritas gives Govt. pre-Budget advice

Echoing the words of Pope Francis, who has warned that economic progress that diminishes people’s quality of life is no progress at all, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is urging...

Young religious brother makes final vows

De La Salle Brother Sir Patrick Lynch looked on as Br Lewis Harwood made his final vows as a Brother of the Christian Schools (De La Salle...

Priests called to be ‘digital disciples’

A visiting bishop from Australia has encouraged Kiwi priests to be “digital disciples”, involved in social media. Bishop Richard Umbers, an auxiliary bishop of Sydney,...

Bishop’s headstone unveiled

Christchurch diocesan administrator Fr Rick Loughnan blessed the headstone on the late Bishop Barry Jones’s grave on February 12, one day before the late...

Tastebuds tempted by Lenten recipes

A self-confessed “meat and spuds man”, St Mary’s Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is going vegetarian this Lent. An article that he read in...

Wgtn archdiocese synod date changed

The date of Wellington archdiocese’s synod later this year has been changed in order to avoid a clash with the general election. CathNews New Zealand...

Four first year students at Holy Cross Seminary

A Kiwi and three Vietnamese men entered Holy Cross Seminary this year to discern the plans God has in store for them. Former Manawatu youth...

NZ women to kick off world prayer day

New Zealand women started an ecumenical wave of prayer for the world on Friday, March 3, with services throughout the country. Prepared by Filipina women,...

NZ bishops pleased that liturgy translation document to be reviewed

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are pleased that a review is looming for the document that spells out the way liturgical translations from Latin to vernacular languages are...

Iraq’s Christian refugees face double discrimination

by PAT McCARTHY Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians, who once made up one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East, are facing...

Leading canonist Msgr Price dies

The Catholic Church lost a legal luminary when Msgr David Price passed away on February 3, a day after his retirement as judicial vicar for the Tribunal of...

Catholic service at national scouting jamboree

by EDMUND LE GRELLE Over New Year, the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree was held in Marlborough. Renwick was the venue where more than 4200 scouts and...