Thursday, October 19, 2017

Featured Catholic News

Akld and Chch Easter trading decisions praised

The decision by the Auckland Council not to extend Easter Sunday trading has been praised by Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission. On August 24, councillors voted 20-1 to retain...

Catholic journos told to tell ‘earth’ truths

Australasian Catholic writers were challenged to “call it as it is” when it comes to the environment and not to run away from the reality of the calamity the...

Doug back in PNG under special ‘condition’

Deported Kiwi lay missionary Doug Tennent has finally returned to Papua New Guinea but was allowed back with a “condition”. “I’m back in the country and being very aware that...

Building community in Dunedin South

On August 5, more than 50 people from as far afield as Invercargill, Oamaru, and Lawrence gathered at the Mercy Parish community centre in Dunedin South to discuss how...

North-East Asia is critical for world and NZ

The elusive peace sought by the world can only be attained when painful traumatic histories are put to rest by effective and acceptable apologies and deeper empathies and forgiveness. This...

Christian life should have joy as a hallmark: British evangelist

The hallmark of good evangelisation is people enjoying themselves, said British Catholic author and catechist David Wells. An engaging and humorous speaker, Mr Wells reminded catechists and teachers in Auckland...

Kiwi priest made the ultimate sacrifice

by Fr BRIAN FENNESSEY Fr James McMenamin, Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, was killed on June 8, 1917, during the second day of the Battle of Messines in Belgium. As part...

Which party should get your vote?

As part of NZ Catholic’s coverage of the 2017 General Election, eight political parties were invited to submit 300-word candidate statements explaining why you, our readers, should give your...

Oceania bishops want sustainable development

Oceania’s Catholic bishops have called on their respective governments and civic authorities “to be vigilant in guarding against any attempts by international businesses to exploit our common resource”, meaning...

Political parties and their policies as related to our bishops’ key...

With the general election on September 23 approaching fast, NZ Catholic has summarised significant policies of the main parties according to the headings outlined in the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ statement...

P. North VG is now a monsignor

Palmerston North vicar-general Brian Walsh had been given the title of Monsignor by Pope Francis. This was announced by Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan on his facebook page on July...

NZ woman makes her first vows

A woman from Auckland diocese professed her first vows as a Sister of Life in the United States this month. Jeanne Mei Mei Ng, 37, professed her first vows as...

Bishops hear young people are not worthless, failures

No generation of young people since World War II has been as exposed to testing and attack as today’s young people. That was what homilist Fr Brian Prendeville, SM, told...

Don’t medicalise kids confused about gender

Professor John Whitehall, foundation chair and professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney, has warned against a rising phenomenon of treating gender confused children...

Healing for those left behind after suicide of a loved one

“I couldn’t believe my emotional reaction to what I had heard at one Friday midday Mass in late June 2017, with regard to the reference made between sin and...

SVDP looks forward to celebrating 150 years in NZ

Vincentians from around the world and throughout New Zealand will gather in Christchurch for a weekend of anniversary celebrations in October. This year the Society of St Vincent de Paul...

Farewell to G.I.F.T.’s Sr Jean

by ANNE POWELL, RC The founder of the G.I.F.T. Centre that ministers to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Cenacle Sr Jean Sinclair, MNZM, has died in Auckland aged 93. “I...

Akld priests’ retirement home extension officially opened

The $3.6 million extension of St John Vianney House in Ponsonby was formally opened and blessed on August 5, a day after the memorial day of its patron saint. The...

Intercessors equipped for NZ renewal

by JUDY OLSEN Different currents of grace in the Church in New Zealand are coming together in a special way this year as the Catholic Charismatic Renewal celebrates its half...

Dominican Master General makes a fleeting visit

The Master of the Order of the Preachers, Fr Bruno Cadoré, has asked the Dominican family in New Zealand not to forget their charism. In his first visit to the...

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,” said Julianne Hickey, director...

Solutions to pornography lie in society, not Govt: PM

Prime Minister Bill English said it is society not Government that will decide how it would deal with pornography. Speaking at the Forum on the Family, Mr English said his...

Sharing a loaf would be a better sign at Mass

A prominent Catholic theologian has insisted that loaves of bread should be shared during the Eucharist instead of the altar breads currently used at Mass. Nottingham University Professor of Historical...

Act now to oppose Act Party leader’s euthanasia push, bishop urges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has encouraged his flock to voice their opposition to Act Party leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. In a pastoral letter dated July...

Six centuries of priestly service celebrated

More than 600 years of priestly and episcopal service were celebrated in Auckland diocese on July 12. At the annual Mass for clergy jubilees at Immaculate Conception church in Ellerslie,...

Experts rebut pro-euthanasia arguments

Professor of Palliative Medicine Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff from the United Kingdom visited New Zealand in late June and took part in various events, including media engagements and...

Top Bible reading excuses

A lack of self-discipline, distraction and busyness have been identified by Christians as the top barriers to reading the Bible. The 2017 Bible Engagement Survey conducted by the Bible Society...

Three different paths to the priesthood

Being with God’s people and ministering to them is what three new priests from Christchurch diocese are looking forward to most about their futures. Fathers Graeme Blackburn, Anthony Huynh...

Last chance for young New Zealanders to talk to the Vatican

There is just over a week to go for Young New Zealanders take up the chance to be part of an international conversation with the Catholic Church.The New Zealand...

My biggest worry: the lack of priestly vocations in NZ

On the Feast of St James I shall celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my ordination as a bishop. It is not a major celebration, but it is another...

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Faith, Fatima and family focus at Tawa

by PATRICIA SISON To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima (1917-2017), the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF) organised events to rediscover the message of...