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Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who...

Young Kiwi Bible readers prefer paper version

A survey has shown that Kiwi young people who read the Bible prefer to do so in a book format. According to Nielsen research commissioned by the Bible...

Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which...

Southern students shine at Gold Guitars

Students from St Peter’s College in Gore excelled in the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards held in Southland over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.  Head girl Jenny Mitchell won the...

Kids learn to like Mother Aubert

Cathryn Daignault was shocked when her years 5 and 6 class didn’t know who Mother Aubert was.  “One student enquired if she was a young girl who drowned in the...

Herzog investigates the Internet

Few film-makers can look back on a career as varied as German director Werner Herzog. Now 73, he had early arthouse hits such as Even Dwarfs Started Small...

Mum proud of Aussie-Kiwi bishop-to-be

When a soon-to-be auxiliary bishop of Sydney was growing up in Papatoetoe in south Auckland, his mother used to pray that her son would do whatever God wanted...

The danger of being a full-time Catholic apologist

by EMILIE NG Trent Horn debates with atheists for a living. It’s what enables him to put food on his table for his wife and son in...

Suppressing their consciences

In December 2009, a current National Member of Parliament sent a handwritten Christmas card to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, which said: “Thank you for your letter . ....

American “Iron Nun” featured in Nike commercial

The first scene of the 53 second commercial showed a deceptively frail-looking nun praying, then shushing the narrator for being noisy inside the church. Sister...

Opinion : Hope amidst disillusionment?

What do Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Nigel Farage of UK Brexit fame, Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte and Pope Francis have in common? They are all “outsiders” who have tapped...

Spirit of openness at Jerusalem vocations retreat

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has described a vocations retreat held at the historic Compassion Sister’s convent at Hiruharama (Jerusalem) as marked by “a spirit of openness to...

New woman lecturer for Akld theologate

Good Shepherd College has appointed Dr Rocío Figueroa as a lecturer in systematic theology. She will begin lecturing at the beginning of 2017.  She holds a doctorate...

Rotorua gathering for diocese priests

Priests from Hamilton diocese have been revisiting one of the most important aspects of their ministry — their own human formation. The annual priests’ gathering for the diocese —...

Pope prays for exploited women, Mary’s intercession on feast of Assumption

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating the feast of the Assumption just three days after visiting a group of young women rescued from the sex...

Hope and love in Avalanche City

Dave Baxter used to be in a metal band. He wanted a change, “wanted to write music that you can walk along the street humming to”, so...

The Church:What do young people see as blocks?

Few people in the world would be better placed to answer that question than the auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. Bishop Robert Barron has been “in the trenches”...

Innovative NZ approach helps deaf people

Isolation is one of the biggest barriers that the Deaf Community faces and prevents them from accessing resources that would help them cope with grief and...

22 principals turn up for Josephite conference

by Sr ELEANOR CAPPER The thought of a New Zealand winter did not deter 22 principals, from Josephite secondary schools across Australia and New Zealand from attending...

Double celebration for Compassion Sisters

by MARY HOBBS More than 115 years ago, Suzanne Aubert had kindness as an important part of her work when she founded the Sisters of Compassion. She was...

Many Catholics don’t know Jesus, says priest

Many Catholics seem to have been inoculated against the faith in their youth, learning a little bit about the faith and turning against it because they missed having...

Primary schooling headache in the south

by Peter Owens Dunedin diocese was the first in New Zealand to support a coeducational secondary boarding school, when St Peter’s College in Gore was founded in 1969. Since...

Sydneysiders help Auckland homeless

By Lyndsay Freer One hundred high quality coats, specially tailored to fit a wide range of sizes, have been gifted to the Catholic Church in Auckland for distribution...

The devil’s in the details: After-school Satan club seeks OK

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Parents, schools and school districts are paying even closer attention to after-school...

Original of historic photo found in Takapuna

The owner of the original photo of Marist Brothers’ School’s first winner of the Doone cup for dux, Bernard Sweeney, has been found. Mr Sweeney’s daughter, Clare Adlington,...

Cult, family clash in science fiction thriller

The use of parallel universes, sometimes known as alternative reality, is a common feature in science fiction and its movie spinoffs. A couple of good recent examples were Another Earth and Source Code,...

Fr Des ‘wouldn’t change a thing’

After 50 years as a priest, Fr Des Levins says that if had his life over, he would do it all again. “Wouldn’t change a thing. I...

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic...

Huge changes worldwide noted in religious life

Heads of various congregations in Auckland have noted that “tremendous changes” are happening worldwide in terms of religious life. Twenty-two congregational leaders met Bishop Patrick Dunn on June 9...

Cathedral presbytery said to be beyond salvation

The 103-year-old cathedral presbytery in Hamilton is to be demolished, probably to be replaced by a new presbytery and diocesan pastoral centre.The planned demolition...