Thursday, February 23, 2017

Featured Catholic News

NZ bishops raise ethnicity as factor in ending-of-life debate

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have warned that one majority culture should not impose its will on other cultures on the question of legalised assisted suicide. In their written submission to the ending of...

Maori children’s Bible now available in NZ

The Bible Society has launched Tāku Paipera, the only Māori children’s Bible available in New Zealand. Kaumatua Matt Hakiaha was particularly impressed with the use of colour in the Bible,...

Pilgrimage to remote ‘Holy door for a day’

by Sr MEG HILLS, RSJ Several Gisborne parishioners prepared for weeks to make a pilgrimage to a holy door open for a day at St Bede’s church in Matawai, on...

Move to revive Fatima national shrine in NZ

On March 12, 1950, Auckland Bishop James Liston blessed and dedicated the first shrine in New Zealand to Our Lady of Fatima.  The shrine was situated in the parish of Meadowbank which was...

Goal to bring 52 disabled Iraqi children to NZ

Safety is a commodity that is scarce in Iraq. Project 52, a project launched by the Chaldean Catholic community, aims to provide safety to 52 disabled children in Iraq by eventually having...

Bishop disappointed at Hato Petera decision

The Minister of Education has made the decision not to close Hato Petera College on Auckland’s North Shore.A co-educational Year 9-13 state integrated school, on July 1 it had...

Kiwi at advocacy meeting in Rome

by EMMA DODSWORTH New Zealanders, especially Catholics, should consider what they can do in the face of the increasing power of the god of money.Forrest Chambers, previously of the Palmerston...

Experts warn against following overseas experience with euthanasia

by Debra Vermeer The practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise, and not just for the terminally...

Pope has meal with homeless and gets 70,000 emails on his...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for Pope Francis' 80th birthday. Eight homeless...

Prayer day for abuse victims set

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have designated the first Friday of Lent next year as a day of prayer and penance for victims of abuse and violence in New Zealand.  In 2017, this day will...

Rerum Novarum: how Leo XIII started a revolution

by LYN SMITH When Pope Leo XIIl released the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the conditions of the working classes or labour) on May 15, 1891 (125 years ago this year)...

Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send pope birthday greetings

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even though Pope Francis was planning a "normal" workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails. Turning...

Akld bishop prays at Liston grave

For the first time, Auckland diocese’s Mass for deceased priests and their celebration of clergy jubilees was combined into one event on November 9. Bishop Patrick Dunn and Bishops Denis Browne and Owen Dolan celebrated Mass with Auckland’s priests at...

Family traces footsteps of martyred uncle

by VERNE TURNER & VERNON DOUGLAS Fr Vernon Douglas was a much loved member of the Douglas family from Johnsonville in Wellington. Vernon’s faith was deeply felt, leading him to commit his...

Teen romance still strong after 70+ years

When Colin and Lyn Dodunski married in 1946, they lived in an old house with an old coal range. “At the time I would have lived in a dog kennel, I...

Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia

Cardinal John Dew spoke on behalf of the New Zealand bishops at Parliament’s Health Select Committee on December 7, as part of the End of Life inquiry being conducted...

Carmelites share embroidery treasures

An amazing collection of exquisitely embroidered priestly vestments, lecturn banners as well as altar cloths has been on display at the Carmelite Monastery in  Christchurch.  The exhibition called Embroidery Treasures from Hidden Monastic...

The challenge of being Mercy for prisoners

Just imagine a person released from prison who, having heard the Good News of the Gospel from a prison chaplain, goes to church, but the person he or she...

Suzanne Aubert declared ‘venerable’

by Simone Olsen Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to...

Hamilton bishop learns Vatican ropes

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton found attending a recent Vatican course for new bishops to be both stimulating and challenging.  Every two years, the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples runs a seminar...

Akld Ted helps South Island church

Ted Whiting did not hesitate to step up to the plate when he heard St Patrick’s church in Akaroa needed funds for it to be restored to its former glory. After all,...

Cardinal Dew appointed to Rome worship congregation

The New Zealand Catholic bishops welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to appoint Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW).The bishops were informed of...

Romance, fashion and history for a cause

It was the perfect melding of romance, fashion and history for a social cause. When the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Dunedin pastoral area food bank was running low...

A Marian devotion for mental well-being

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week in early October was all about connecting with nature, but one Hamilton Catholic is promoting another type of connection — that with...

Akld Catholic schools struggle to recruit staff

The cost of living, especially housing, in Auckland is now so high that Catholic schools in the city are struggling to recruit suitably qualified staff from outside of Auckland. A...

285 priestly years celebrated in Palmerston North

Two hundred and eighty five years of priestly service was celebrated at the Palmerston North diocese Jubilarians’ Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on October 13. The...

Move to shut down Thames pro-life protest

Voice for Life members in Thames have vowed to continue their protest against abortion “for as long as it takes” after pro-abortion elements tried and failed to get the Thames Coromandel District Council...

Defending the family today requires that a person be righteous

German author and sociologist Gabriele Kuby has warned against “a new totalitarianism that is destroying freedom in the name of freedom”.  Mrs Kuby, author of The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the...

Sensitive ministry requires personal approach

Pope Francis is giving us an urgent call to look at the issue of homosexuality more deeply by understanding the person first and foremost. Courage International associate director Fr Philip Bochanski made this...

Report details hardship in Pacific nations

Cases of children having to eat cassava roots softened with paracetamol and people dying from lack of food and clean water are among the examples of widespread hunger and thirst throughout the Pacific. Such cases...

Featured News

‘Hospital for the soul’ set up in north Canterbury

A plan to set up a “hospital for the soul” is now coming to fruition. Emotionally Free Prayer Counselling chairperson Diana Ingle said after six years of praying and discerning, the organisation is finally able to offer the...