Sunday, October 21, 2018

Influx of priests linked to less leadership by laity

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Catholic Institute of Theology principal Fr John Dunn has linked the influx of overseas priests to New Zealand to a lessening of the call to...

Christian Network objects to marginalising of its same-sex ‘marriage’ opposition

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — New Zealand Christian Network says it is disappointed with the tactics of some politicians and media who are seeking to marginalise those opposed to...

UK MPs criticise Iran for religious persecution

LONDON (BWNS) — Members of Parliament here have sharply criticised Iran for its human rights violations, focusing especially on the "steep rise" in the persecution of religious minorities. In a...

Survey shows why Catholics quit the Church

RADNOR, Pennsylvania (CathNews) — In an unusual study whose main results were released at a Catholic University of America conference at the end of March, Villanova University in Philadelphia...

Youth ministry in Wellington receives a shake-up

by CALLUM TOWNSEND WELLINGTON — Youth ministry in the Wellington archdiocese has received a shake-up, with a renewed focus on mentoring and training to be implemented from early next year. A...

Bible in Schools gets congregation’s backing

by NZ CATHOLIC staff HAMILTON — A Bible in Schools programme in Hamilton is working fine, and there’s no need to change it, according to All Saints Community Church, a...

Wrong electoral choice can jeopardise your soul, bishop cautions

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CWN) — Strongly criticising provisions of the Democratic Party platform, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield warned that “a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviours...

Pro-life youth and vigour shocks pro-abortion leader

WASHINGTON (LSN) — When Nancy Keenan, the head of America’s oldest abortion lobby, told the Washington Post she was stepping down, she cited a grim fact that she had...

NZ priests to hear international speakers

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Renowned American papal biographer and Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr, will join former Dominican master general Fr Timothy Radcliffe and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle,...

Kiwis encouraged to pray for election

By NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — New Zealand Christian Network is encouraging Kiwis to pray for the upcoming election. National director Glyn Carpenter said: “Maybe this election will be the one...

Justice and peace commission turns its gaze overseas

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Recruiting will start this month for a new working committee on peace and international justice issues, which will be part of Auckland diocese’s Justice and...

Warkworth- Puhoi parish hosts State Of The Nation Report presentation

by Judith Williams For its first initiative the newly formed Warkworth-Puhoi Catholic Parish Social Justice Group will host a local area presentation of the Salvation Army’s report, A Mountain All...

Baptism series to start in November

by NZ CATHOLIC staff In the wake of the successful “Walk through the Mass” series, the Auckland diocesan team is preparing to launch a new and similar initiative around Baptism. “Walk...

Young Aussies to call for end to detention of children

CANBERRA (CathNews) — A coalition of young people is banding together to call for an end to immigration detention of children. From September 28, young people throughout Australia will be...

Cardinal fears a dialogue of the deaf with LCWR

VATICAN CITY (CathNews) — In the wake of Tuesday's meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he...

Integrity leads atheist to Catholicism

WASHINGTON (CWN) — The Patheos website provides for expressions of all sorts of religious sentiments, and even accommodates atheists. Leah Libresco had been an engaging writer for the “Atheist” channel...

Government-backed registry to record ‘homophobic’ acts

QUEBEC (LifeSiteNews) — In what they are touting as a “world first,” a Quebec homosexual activist group has launched a “registry of homophobic acts” with support and funding from...

Dare to be different — a bishop’s challenge

There are 22 million lapsed Catholics in the United States of America. After practising Catholics and Baptists, they constitute the third largest “denomination”. One in every three US...

Candidate for Auckland diaconate dies suddenly

by PETER GRACE WAITARUKE — One of 14 men trained and formed for the diaconate for Auckland diocese, Russell Larkin of Waitaruke, died on August 2, 16 days before he...

Are we truly satisfied in New Zealand?

Perhaps the most famous election slogan in New Zealand’s political history was that which took Robert Muldoon’s National Party to a landslide victory in 1975. It was: “New Zealand the...

School fair, Balmoral

Nov. 5: Good Shepherd school fair, Saturday November 5 from 10am, 30 Telford Ave, Balmoral. Lots of family fun and stalls.

NZ archbishop named as one of 36 ‘synod fathers’

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, is one of 36 prelates named by Pope Benedict XVI to take part in the 13th general assembly of...

The Catholic Soapbox, March 14, 2013 — our new pope

by GAVIN ABRAHAM At 5.16 this morning, I got the first message from a friend in New Zealand that white smoke had billowed from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel....

Group makes new push for euthanasia

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — Right to Life says that it has come to their attention that the Volunteer Euthanasia Society has created a new label entitled “End-of-Life Choice”...

NZ bishops make submission on same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

New Zealand's Catholic bishops appeared on November 28 before the Government Administration Select Committee considering the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to share their concerns over the future...

Bomb attack on military base church worries cardinal

LAGOS, Nigeria (CathNews) — Nigeria's new cardinal has spoken of his dismay following a deadly attack on a church inside a major military establishment, saying that it shows nowhere...

Archbishop rules out mini-missal for Wellington

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington has ruled out the use of a small spiral-bound version of the new missal by priests at Masses in the...

Vatican puts bar on American sister’s book

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) — The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published a notification about a book, Just Love. A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics by Sister...

Group encourages prayer vigils against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A group called NewZealandersforMarriage is encouraging communities throughout New Zealand to organise prayer vigils in support of traditional marriage and against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage)...

New study confirms marriage easily best for children

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews.com) — A new study shows marriage is good for children’s material prosperity, as well as their emotional and spiritual growth. “The United States is steadily separating into...

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Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation, made by parish priest Fr...