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Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile (CNS) -- Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at...

Understanding Amoris Laetitia

By Dr Rocio Figueroa When the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia was published it had an incredible media coverage both within the Catholic Church and in...

Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

The inclusion of the Argentinian bishops’ guidelines on Communion for civilly remarried Catholic divorcees in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”, the official record of Vatican documents...

Parishes to get euthanasia bill letter from bishops

In the wake of the first reading of the End of Life Choice bill in Parliament, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops will be sending a...

Pope asks forgiveness from victims of clergy sex abuse in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. Addressing government...

Remembering the core teaching of Jesus at Christmas

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin has sent a very sobering Christmas card this year.  It features a painting of Mary and Joseph being turned away...

Major Hui Maori Katorika held in Otara

by Fr BERNARD DENNEHY The Bi-Cultural Committee of the Justice and Peace Commission for Auckland diocese was delighted to have initiated the first Hui Māori...

Missionary built nine NZ churches

by WIGA AUTET “Building a church is not about erecting a building and leaving it as a monument for future generations to admire,” said Fr...

Bishops ‘banter’ with young people

Can transgender persons who became men be priests? Are there rivalries among bishops? What is the hardest thing about being a cardinal? These are a...

Hundreds at Catholic youth festival

Catholic youth of Aotearoa New Zealand have made it clear that they are passionate about the Church and want to be “part of forming...

From Bethlehem to Holy Cross Seminary

Leaving Bethlehem University was bitter-sweet for De La Salle Brother Mark McKeon. “It was one of the biggest blessings of my life . . ....

Thames parish and school celebrate 150 years

Close to five hundred gathered over three days at St Francis of Assisi School and Parish in Thames earlier this month to celebrate their...

Ancient wisdom heard in the time of the ‘instant’

Hearing voices from the ancient world, praying ancient prayers and having hope in the same way as our ancestors in the faith did were...

Destiny Church challenge for Catholics

Many questions and challenges are being raised as a result of parish small group discussions in Hamilton diocese’s “With Hearts Burning” programme, reflecting on...

Tributes paid to remarkable Dame Sr Pauline

The eulogies at the funeral Mass for Dame Sister Pauline Engel, RSM, while tinged with sadness, also elicited fond laughter from many present. Those eulogies...

Ablaze conference inspires Chch for mission

by KEN JOBLIN The second weekend of November saw nearly 200 Catholic parish leaders converge on the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral precinct in Manchester Street for...

Cardinal John Dew has accepted the vast majority of recommendations made by a recent Wellington archdiocese synod, but has chosen not to include three...

Fond farewell for Dunedin choirmaster

by JEFF DILLON On November 9, a large congregation filled St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin to farewell, Michael Francis McConnell, a well-known member of the...

Food parcel demand up in South Auckland

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Centre in south Auckland saw an increase in demand for food parcels by 30 per cent just...

Sisters reflect on Otara school beginnings

At Labour weekend, St John the Evangelist Catholic School in Otara, Auckland, celebrated its 50th jubilee with two very important guests: Franciscan Missionaries of...

Reformation anniversary marked in Auckland

Roman Catholics and Lutherans held a special commemoration of the Reformation marking its 500th anniversary with a liturgical service that called for thanksgiving, repentance...

Making our parishes into oases of mercy

The way to set England and New Zealand ablaze is to make of our parishes oases of mercy, which radiate Christ.  How and why Catholic...

NZ ambassador to Vatican at papal audience

New Zealand’s new ambassador to the Holy See was among diplomats received in audience by Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican...

Valuable resources to help us grow in personal prayer

PRAYING ON EMPTY: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND. TwentyThird Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2017). 104 pp., US$12.95....

Public gets closer look at historic St Gerard’s

by GORDON COPELAND St Gerard’s church (1908) and monastery (1932), which were built by the Redemptorist order and are now owned by the lay-led Institute...

Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October...

Greek myth inspires thriller

The French theory of “auteurism” has proved a valuable way to view and analyse films. Though it originated in France as far back as...

Bishop dons skis on southern heights

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin may well have participated in a first for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. While visiting Central Otago to administer...

School mural shows beautiful North-East Valley

by JEFF DILLON Thinking positively by Sacred Heart School in North East Valley, Dunedin, produced a top result with the school winning the primary school...

NZ bishops to ask ICEL to look at 1998 translation

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference will ask the members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to review the 1998...