Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Final plan presented for Christchurch parish changes

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has presented the final plan for changes to parishes in Christchurch city and some other regions. The final plan, presented in a...

$126m Catholic precinct for Chch

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has announced the construction of a $126 million cathedral parish precinct, that will see a new Catholic cathedral built in the heart...

Outstanding community contributions honoured

Sixteen young people in Auckland diocese were recognised and given the Tu Kahikatea Awards for their outstanding contribution to their communities. The awards were handed by Vicar-General...

Feedback received on Wellington archdiocese overhaul

Amalgamations and closure of churches were among the proposals submitted by Wellington parishes in response to a directive sent by Cardinal John Dew on the...

Naomi’s moving abortion story told at March for Life

At the national March for Life there were many sounds — which could mostly be heard above a strong wind from the north buffeting Wellington on the...

Church fronts at royal commission hearing

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops and congregational leaders have, throughlegal counsel, told the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care that they are committed to having their errors and...

Legal action looms over school funding exclusion

Integrated schools are exploring all options, including taking the Government to court, after being left out of the $396 million funding package to upgrade state school properties.

Who is Jesus?

A Christmas message from NZ Catholic publisher Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn. During Advent, a friend of mine was interviewed by a radio station wanting...

Chch sounds enjoyed in Auckland

Mass-goers in two Auckland parishes were delighted to hear southern voices raised in song to praise the Lord at Masses on November 16 and 17.

Walking the streets and encountering the poor

Each morning, I start my day with a walk around inner city Wellington. The inner city looks different at 5am, with mainly early morning workers and some...

Dame Kiri drops in on her old school

One of New Zealand’s most distinguished daughters paid a visit to her old school on November 19. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa visited St Mary’s...

Cardinal celebrates Mass at De La Salle College

by DENIS TUTAKA De La Salle College in Mangere, Auckland, celebrated the completion of their sacramental programme at an All Saints Day Mass on...

NZ Catholic Church welcomes Pope’s move to abolish secrecy obligation for...

The Catholic Church in New Zealand welcomed Pope Francis decision to lift the obligation for secrecy for victims of clerical sexual abuse, said Wellington Cardinal John Dew, Metropolitan Archbishop...

Spanish saints a focus at Dunedin women’s retreat

by JEFF DILLON It was a bit of a busman’s holiday for Fr Peter Brockhill from Palmerston North diocese on his tour of the...

Editor considers future of women in Church

by JEFF DILLON Dr Ann Gilroy, RSJ, acknowledged that she probably had more questionsthan answers when she delivered an evening talk recently to a...

Holy Souls played part in recovery of statues

A Carmelite nun believes the fact that two precious statues allegedly taken from a monastery in Auckland were found in a nearby cemetery on All Souls Day...

50 years of music ministry honoured

by KEN JOBLIN and JEFF DILLON On Sunday, October 6, a special occasion took place at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch.

NZ Bishops encouraged after Ad Limina

The New Zealand Catholic bishops came away “very encouraged” with their first encounter as a group with Pope Francis, which took place during their ad...

Former pastoral leader pushes for ecumenism

Former Auckland Pastoral Services leader Pat Lythe has called on the New Zealand Catholic Church to put ecumenism at the top of its agenda as St Pope...

Community should be a safe space for abuse victims

Theologian and sexual abuse survivor Rocio Figueroa has expressed distress over the “victim blaming” that has been happening in the wake of the resignation of former Palmerston...

Church doors open to exploited temporary migrant workers

by Wellington Cardinal John Dew Human Rights Day December 10 is always an opportunity to consider how we as a community are doing to...

Bishop asks secondary schools to look at enrolment policies

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has asked that Catholic secondary schools in his diocese unable to accept all preference applicants have an enrolment policy or scheme that places...

More wrap-around services needed for unintended pregnancies

There is a need to reframe the question around abortion so that womenwith unintended pregnancies can be comprehensively and holistically supported, the Abortion Legislation Select Committee has...

Referendum question is too vague and misleading, says ethicist

The proposed referendum question on the End of Life Choice Bill is “vague, narrow and misleading” and a “robust and honest education campaign” will be needed to...

Faith helped lawyer in workplace crisis

Catholic lawyers have been told the legal profession can overcome its current crisis after being forced to face major issues like bullying in the workplace, sexual harassment...

Bishops hopeful for Suzanne Aubert cause

New Zealand bishops came away “feeling very hopeful” after a discussion with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, on...

A ‘by Maori for Maori approach’

Listening and walking with people are key to newly-appointed Auckland diocese Vicar for Māori Manuel Beazley’s plan to be of service to Māori Catholics.

Love, loss and a faith lifeline

November is a busy time of year. Exam season swings into action. Christmas plans are being made. There are major sports events like the Rugby World Cup,...

Don’t miss out on the life of the universal Church

Kiwi Catholics need to be open to receiving missionary priests so that they (Kiwis) don’t miss out on the life of the universal Church.

NZ giving helps missions in young dioceses

Pope Francis raised the profile of both the Pontifical Mission Societies and the missionaries themselves when he declared October, 2019, as the Extraordinary Month of Missions.

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Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...