Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Challenge issued for NZ priests to be with people more

As priests, who do we really know and love, how many of our people do we know and call by name and whose homes or flats did we visit...

New priest looks forward to journeying with flock

Newly-ordained Fr Cirilo Barlis was never 100 per cent certain he wanted to be a priest until a month-long retreat in 2013 made him look at his life and...

National youth conference refuels for mission

by SHANA LLORANDO The National Catholic Youth Ministry Conference was held on April 21-23 in Christchurch. People involved in youth ministry from all over New Zealand, including those in diocesan...

Deepening the spirit of Laudato Si’

by Martin de Jong Sr Gail Worcelo used Laudato Si’ as a springboard to explore the environmental and cosmological concepts of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry and other Christian thinkers...

Mariatu makes new life after hands hacked off

The speaker at the Auckland eucharistic convention dinner on April 22 had the “candle of her childhood blown out” by a series of terribly traumatic events, including having her...

Awareness needed on domestic violence

There is a need to increase awareness in parishes around the issue of domestic violence, particularly within Pasifika families. Auckland Catholic Social Services psychotherapist Sr Cabrini Makasiale, who is running the...

End of Life Choice Bill will erode end of life choices

The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre expressed opposition to MP David Seymour's End of Life bill, saying it will undermine the life choices for many should it become law. “We...

Lebanon minister traces NZ family link

St Patrick’s Cathedral was the first stop in Lebanon Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s retracing of his grandfather’s life in New Zealand more than a 100 years ago. Mr Bassil’s grandparents,...

A Kiwi spends a year with NET Ministries

by VICTORIA NING In the heat of the summer of 2016 I found myself aboard a plane, winging its way into unknown territory, and all I knew was this: one...

Kiwis helping keep kids safe 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 in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

Anti-euthanasia videos made

Parliament’s Health Select Committee should not back any legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide if it is going to be true to what it read and heard during its...

Hamilton city parish re-ordering on cards

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton has proposed changing the number of parishes in Hamilton city from six to four. Bishop Lowe spelled out the need to make changes, the reasons...

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president...

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 Foundation. The research showed benefits that...

Christianity stands or falls by Easter

An Easter message from Bishop Patrick Dunn, the publisher of NZ Catholic. The whole of Christianity stands or falls by the Easter mystery. St Paul is very clear: if...

Churches tell PM: Housing security essential for healthy communities

Representative church leaders have met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are...

Melbourne Mint CEO promised to defend the faith

Among Melbourne Mint chief executive officer Peter August’s seven commitments to God was to study and learn more about his faith so he can put forth a good defence...

New Kapiti school opened and blessed

Wellington Cardinal John Dew formally opened and blessed the archdiocese’s newest school, Our Lady of Kapiti School, on March 17, 2017. The $6 million school, funded by both the archdiocese...

How a drug addict came home to Jesus

Prayer is a tool that Catholics should always use — this was the message that was given by speakers at the Wellington Eucharistic Convention. Some 400 Catholics attended the Wellington...

Making Jesus relevant in a secular society

Making Jesus relevant to the lives of young people given the complexity of New Zealand secular society is the main challenge of religious educators today, said National Centre for...

Christchurch events to mark Fatima centenary

by CHRIS WATKINS Exactly a century ago, the Blessed Virgin appeared at Fatima with prophecies and messages now more relevant than ever. Fully approved by the Church and promoted by subsequent...

New monasticism takes God to streets

When Catholics thinks of monasticism, names like St Anthony of Egypt in the desert and St Benedict and his rule come to mind. But what has been dubbed a “new...

First Maori diocesan priest dies

A Catholic Totara of many years has fallen in the Far North. Pa Henare Tate, the first Māori to be ordained as a diocesan priest, died in Rawene Hospital on...

Finding common ground in care of the earth

by MARTIN DE JONG Jewish, Catholic and Muslim speakers found common ground in recognising the call to greater environmental care through their respective faiths, in an interfaith event on “Care...

Visiting sisters unpack Pope’s green encyclical

A new consciousness or culture of inclusiveness and interconnectivity is needed if the earth is to have a future. This was the message of American Dominican sisters Sr Margaret Galiardi...

Two Tauranga parishes now officially one

by PATRICIA BROOKS One hundred and seventy seven years ago on March 7, on the then feast of St Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Pompallier, Fr Philippe Viard, SM, Br Michel Columban,...

Vinnies world boss likes NZ

Society of St Vincent de Paul international president Renato Lima de Oliveira came New Zealand to learn from Vincentians in this country and to show them support for their...

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 in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

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 Foundation. The research showed benefits...

Book hails Auckland Latin Mass champion

An Auckland priest who waged a largely lone battle for years over the liturgy has had an account written of his working life. “Fr. Pierre Denzil Meuli — An Extraordinary...