Monday, October 21, 2019

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School community unites against new corrections facility

by ESME O’RAFFERTY The community of St Mary’s Catholic School in Tauranga has united against a proposed Community Corrections service centre, saying that...

Clericalism: finding the answers

The key to finding an answer to what Pope Francis calls the evils of clericalism is to pay attention to the participation of all the baptised in...

The Church is still a place of hope and inspiration

Despite the sex abuse crisis and other crises rocking the Catholic Church today, Wellington Cardinal John Dew confidently believes there will still be a future for the...

Pope is ‘rejected’ for living the Word of God

Pope Francis’ insistence on living the Word of God rather than writing about it is seen as the reason why he is getting a lot of resistance...

Sign language need stressed

Deaf US priest Fr Michael Depcik, OSFS, has urged the New Zealand bishopsto train at least one priest or seminarian in New Zealand Sign Language, as he...

Fr Matthew Gibson ordained in Hamilton

On retreat before his ordination to the priesthood in Hamilton, Fr Matthew Gibson was told by another priest that “we never know what type of priest we...

Cardinal speaks at Maori King occasion

Wellington Cardinal John Dew emphasised Pope Francis’ solicitude for indigenous peoples at a celebration of the 13th anniversary of Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII’s coronation....

NZ co-hosts safeguarding conference in Rome

New Zealand representatives at the Anglophone Safeguarding Conference in Rome said they want the Church’s safeguarding journey in New Zealand to be “a journey of conversion”.

Leading Kiwi pro-life advocate in Sydney told to go back to...

New Zealand barrister and bioethicist Rachael Wong has been on the receiving end of xenophobic mail in Australia because of her pro-life and pro-women advocacy.

Soup for southern souls – and bodies

by JEFF DILLON “They also serve who only stand and wait . . .” The English poet John Milton (1608-74) ended his famous sonnet...

Cardinal writes letter on loud fences movement

Cardinal John Dew has written to priests and lay pastoral leaders in Wellington archdiocese asking that respect be given to the tying of ribbonsto fences at churches...

Bishop O’Connell – approachable and encouraging

He could talk with anyone at any time, he was very approachable and he was a great optimist. These were some of the...

Standing room only at Fr Wu’s ordination

If there was a quintessentially Auckland ceremony for ordination to priesthood, it would be Fr Martin Wu’s ordination. It was a standing-room-only affair...

Revitalising parishes Monday to Saturday

One of the big challenges for the Church in Christchurch diocese, and likely elsewhere in New Zealand too, is to revitalise the life of parishes from...

From emptiness to abundance – Tim Wilson’s story

Ten years ago, the thought of addressing people at a eucharistic convention in Auckland wasn’t on TVNZ reporter Tim Wilson’s radar. “But God...

Bishop and priest jubilarians give thanks to many

There was a deep sense of joy and gratitude as family and friends gathered around the altar for Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in...

Sun shines on bishop’s silver jubilee

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn’s episcopal ordination might have had a fuse box explosion, power outage, heavy rains and floods. But on July 27, the diocesan celebration of...

Bishop and priests’ jubilees celebrated in Akld

On July 25, the day of Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn’s jubilee of episcopal ordination (25 years), the Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, celebrated the...

Quake-damaged cathedral to be demolished

by MINA AMSO It took nine years and three million dollars to maintain and investigate possible options that would keep the Cathedral of the...

Abortion reform ignores babies’ rights

The proposed changes to abortion law will allow abortion on demand, practically up to birth, discarding the rights of the preborn and denying their humanity,...

Aid for thousands of displaced Rohingya

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is continuing to work with its partners in Bangladesh to help hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya. This population is...

What is needed to renew the Church in NZ

Three things transformed the early Church and made it dynamic — being devoted to prayer and praying in groups, being dynamic, loving communities and reaching out and...

Living lay vocation as salt, light and leaven

US priest Fr Roger Landry’s second talk at the Auckland Eucharistic Convention might have been about the vocation of the laity and the importance of this in...

Dangers of liberalising NZ’s abortion law

Imagine if the passion and energy being put into attempts to “liberalise” abortion law in New Zealand was instead directed to ensuring real choice and support for...

Bishop Dunn looks back – and forward

The Church of the future might be very different from the Church of today, but it will still be the same Church. Auckland Bishop...

Pope meets NZ youth workers

Pope Francis called on young people to be the Church now and for people of faith to make room for the youth in the Church, said the...

Difficult decision made to close Mary MacKillop Care Auckland

Mary MacKillop Care Auckland announced it will be closing its doors, after the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart made "the difficult decision"...

Preparing for priesthood in NZ a ‘blessing’

by ESME O’RAFFERTY Palmerston North diocese’s newest priest, Fr Vui Hoang, grew up firm inthe conviction that he would never be ordained.

Decision to scrap NCEA fees applauded

The Society of St Vincent de Paul received a mention in Parliament during debate on the Government’s 2019 Budget. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister...

Tears at Christchurch parish plan meeting

by MINA AMSO “Do not take my rock away from me”, was the message from a Catholic woman to Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin,...