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Don’t be afraid to love God, youth told at Set Free

Echoing the call made by St John Paul II, American speaker Timothy Glemkowski called on young Catholic Kiwis not to be afraid to give...

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

ROME (CNS) -- After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the...

Amoris Laetitia and Church as a field hospital

by Msgr Gerard Burns Amoris Laetitia is a document written against the background of the difficulties and challenges around the world for marriage and families....

Hundreds walk in Hamilton March for Life

The March for Life in Hamilton on March 11 attracted some 450 people who came from different parts of the diocese, with some arriving...

Bishops mention PM’s baby in submission

In their recent submission on the End of Life Choice Bill, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have highlighted the delight shown in the Prime Minister’s...

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church...

UK think tank against NZ euthanasia bill

If the End of Life Choice Bill being considered by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee passes into law as it is currently written, the long...

Three in 2018 Holy Cross Seminary first year

Two men from Christchurch and one from Auckland make up the newest batch of seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Jose O’Sullivan, who is...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to...

Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ

Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby is now the proud owner of an icon of the Transfiguration written by an artist of international renown.The icon,...

Tweeting with God – unpacking tradition in a modern way

TWEETING WITH GOD by Fr Michel Remery. (Freedom Publishing Books, Melbourne, 2017). 432pp $39.00AUD (Manual $19.95AUD 56pp) Reviewed by Sr SIAN OWEN, RSJ Most people...

Director’s sensitive look back home

The theatricality of the Catholic liturgy is a natural lure for filmmakers, whether their intentions are honourable or subversive. Greta Gerwig, a rising Hollywood star...

Milestone for Central Otago church marked

Several dozen people from throughout Dunedin diocese gathered on the Saturday evening of February 24 for a vigil Mass to celebrate the laying of...

New bishop for Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop-Elect Michael Dooley's ordination to the Episcopate will be on Thursday 26th April at 6.00pm in the Dunedin Town Hall, the diocese announced. Bishop-elect...

New Chch bishop is open-minded on cathedral

Bishop Paul Martin is open minded on the issue of rebuilding the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, waiting until he is fully briefed on...

Papal preacher to young people: Discover love, joy, life Jesus offers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the church listens to young people in preparation for this year's synod, the church must not forget to also...

Jesus does not give up on anyone, pope tells prisoners

ROME (CNS) -- Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands...

At school event MP backs Catholic education

Marist Catholic Primary School in Herne Bay, Auckland has celebrated the opening of a new school building, which will enable the school to accommodate...

Chch bishop tells people: ‘I now belong to you’

“I am no longer a wandering religious. This is my home.” With these words, the newly-ordained Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Paul Martin, SM, received the...

‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting "hosanna" in...

Churches thanked for helping refugees

Giving his first ever presentation in English, former refugee Hussam Alboghobeish thanked volunteers from Red Cross, church and community groups at an event on...

Mass for Life starts prayer wave

The celebration of a Mass for Life in Auckland on February 13 was the start of a great wave of prayer for life that...

Hamilton cathedral organists’ talents showcased

by JOHN FONG The pipe organ has long been the traditional musical instrument to accompany liturgical music in the Latin Church. The Second Vatican Council’s Sacrosanctum...

Kiwi takes close look at Philippines prisons

Visiting a cramped prison in a small town in the southern Philippines clarified a former Marist seminarian’s vocation: not priesthood, but social justice advocacy. Daniel...

Protecting children from pornography

EVERY PARENT’S BATTLE: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography by Dan S. Spencer III. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing (Huntington, Indiana, 2017). 175 pp., $14.95....

Catholic teenagers rise to Laos challenge

by SARAH ROBERTS A group of Kiwi teenagers will never forget the New Year’s Eve they spent in a rural village in Laos. The St Dominic’s...

National priests’ assembly returns to South

Christchurch is to be the venue for the fourth national assembly of diocesan priests later this year. These assemblies, an initiative of the New Zealand...

Blurred lines: Vatican manipulation of photo becomes the story (commentary)

By Greg Erlandson WASHINGTON (CNS) -- What was meant to be an intellectual tribute to Pope Francis has instead become the backdrop to the latest...

Home of Compassion has Family Open Day

by DEIRDRE HANLON A series of four events — part of the annual Island Bay Festival — were well-attended on February 11-14 as many people...

An invitation to young people to take part in meeting in...

300 young people from across the world will gather in Rome for a six day Pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation for the October Synod of...