Monday, February 26, 2018

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MP says End of Life Choice Bill is insidious

by JOHN FONG Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki (National), spoke in Hamilton on December 4 at the Gerry Sullivan Events Centre on euthanasia and on why he is opposed to...

NZ abuse inquiry likely to include churches

Whatever shape the new Government’s promised independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in state care takes, the past actions of churches, including the Catholic Church, will...

Walking for Jesus on the Camino

by VICTORIA NING Earlier this year I set foot upon a well-worn path in the south of France, and set out upon the journey known as the Camino de Santiago,...

‘Our Father’ translation not on ICEL agenda yet

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn said the International Commission on English in the Liturgy is not currently considering changing the line in “Our Father” which Pope Francis considered to be...

Six hundred walk the capital for life

Six hundred people from all over New Zealand joyfully walked the streets of Wellington on December 9, marching in defence of human life from conception. The National March for Life,...

Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

The inclusion of the Argentinian bishops’ guidelines on Communion for civilly remarried Catholic divorcees in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”, the official record of Vatican documents and acts may clarify chapter...

Parishes to get euthanasia bill letter from bishops

In the wake of the first reading of the End of Life Choice bill in Parliament, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops will be sending a letter and fact sheet to...

Remembering the core teaching of Jesus at Christmas

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin has sent a very sobering Christmas card this year.  It features a painting of Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn at Bethlehem,...

Missionary built nine NZ churches

by WIGA AUTET “Building a church is not about erecting a building and leaving it as a monument for future generations to admire,” said Fr Kerry Prendeville, SM in his...

Bishops ‘banter’ with young people

Can transgender persons who became men be priests? Are there rivalries among bishops? What is the hardest thing about being a cardinal? These are a few of the questions young...

Hundreds at Catholic youth festival

Catholic youth of Aotearoa New Zealand have made it clear that they are passionate about the Church and want to be “part of forming the things that form them”. More...

From Bethlehem to Holy Cross Seminary

Leaving Bethlehem University was bitter-sweet for De La Salle Brother Mark McKeon. “It was one of the biggest blessings of my life . . . a wonderful opportunity to be...

Destiny Church challenge for Catholics

Many questions and challenges are being raised as a result of parish small group discussions in Hamilton diocese’s “With Hearts Burning” programme, reflecting on the Emmaus story for our...

Ablaze conference inspires Chch for mission

by KEN JOBLIN The second weekend of November saw nearly 200 Catholic parish leaders converge on the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral precinct in Manchester Street for the Ablaze Parish Renewal Conference. For...

Cardinal John Dew has accepted the vast majority of recommendations made by a recent Wellington archdiocese synod, but has chosen not to include three proposals in the formal direction...

Food parcel demand up in South Auckland

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Centre in south Auckland saw an increase in demand for food parcels by 30 per cent just in the last eight months. SSVP...

Reformation anniversary marked in Auckland

Roman Catholics and Lutherans held a special commemoration of the Reformation marking its 500th anniversary with a liturgical service that called for thanksgiving, repentance and unity. The liturgical service was...

Making our parishes into oases of mercy

The way to set England and New Zealand ablaze is to make of our parishes oases of mercy, which radiate Christ.  How and why Catholic parishes could go about developing...

NZ ambassador to Vatican at papal audience

New Zealand’s new ambassador to the Holy See was among diplomats received in audience by Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace on December 14. The...

NZ ministers at audience where Pope talks climate issues

New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Pacific People’s Minister Aupito William Sio were among leaders from the Pacific who had an audience with Pope Francis at the...

Bishop dons skis on southern heights

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin may well have participated in a first for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. While visiting Central Otago to administer the sacrament of Confirmation in...

NZ bishops to ask ICEL to look at 1998 translation

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference will ask the members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to review the 1998 draft Roman Missal translation in...

Pope Francis appoints Fr Paul Martin, SM, as new Bishop of...

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Paul Martin, SM, as the next Bishop of Christchurch diocese. Bishop-Elect Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones...

Pope shines light on Huntington’s disease

At 10 o’clock on the morning of May 18 this year, 79-year old Steve Martin found himself seated at the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican waiting...

Maori college celebrates 150 years in style

by PAT HICKEY Many fond memories were shared and many remarkable achievements were noted at the 150th anniversary celebrations of St Joseph’s Māori Girl’s College at Taradale. Hundreds of old...

Euthanasia referendum given bioethicist thumbs down

A Catholic bioethicist has given an emphatic thumbs down to any use of a referendum on legalised assisted suicide and/or euthanasia in this country. Director of the New Zealand Catholic...

Pope Francis thanked for support of Rohingyas

On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar, members of the Rohingya community in Auckland alongside Amnesty International New Zealand and people of different faiths gathered...

Pointers for singing properly at Mass

The opening hymn at a Mass is not a travelling music piece for the priest to make a grand entrance — and the closing music is optional. Internationally acclaimed...

CDC seeks to raise funds for permanent home

The Catholic Discipleship College is hoping to raise $1 million by January next year in order to purchase a permanent facility where it can form the next generation of...

St Bede’s launches campaign for new chapel

A campaign has been launched to raise $1.5 million towards the construction of a new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. The “A little from a lot” campaign was...