Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Saints go marching to the top

Auckland’s St Peter’s College has won the national Top Four 1st XV rugby title after a 31-28 victory over Napier Boys’ High School in the final in Palmerston North. The win on...

A statement from NZCBC President Bishop Patrick Dunn

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome the letter (released August 20, 2018) to the People of God from Pope Francis asking forgiveness for the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults perpetrated...

Secondary principals focus on papal document

by SARAH ROBERTS A document from Pope Francis was a focus for reflection at the recent National Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools (NAPCSS) conference.Keynote speaker Dr Rocio Figueroa, a lecturer in systematic...

Involving God in our significant life decisions

by JOHN FONG “When faced with making a significant decision in my life, is it possible to involve God — through careful prayer and reflection — in the process so...

Irish told of Wgtn lay pastoral leaders

by SARAH MacDONALD  THURLES, Ireland (CNS) — A New Zealand cardinal told a conference on the future of parishes in Ireland that his diocese benefited from the appointment of church workers known as...

Legionary deacon ordained in Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley ordained James Cleary to the diaconate at St Joseph’s Church in Brockville on August 6. Deacon Cleary, of the Legionaries of Christ/ Regnum Christi, is...

A full plate at the Cardinal’s Lunch

by NZCBC COMMUNICATIONS Those who attended the inaugural Wellington Archdiocese Cardinal’s Lunch held in early August received food for the soul, not just the body, during what was an insightful and inspirational conversation with guests...

Safe church a strong emphasis at Far North bishop’s forum

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has called on parishioners to work together towards a safe church environment in the light of abuse issues that have hounded the Catholic Church, both here and overseas. Speaking at the...

NZ bishops to make ‘ad limina’ visit in 2019

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on October 28 next year. This will happen during the bishops’ ad limina visit in 2019, during which they will visit the...

New course on leadership and Catholic culture offered

The Catholic Institute (TCI), in partnership with the Australian Catholic University, recently introduced a new qualification called the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture.TCI director Gerald Scanlan said the Australian qualification has four...

Kiwi who met Pope at WYD 2008 reflects

How time does fly! Last month marked 10 years since World Youth Day 2008 with Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney, an event attended by some 4000 young Kiwi pilgrims and by hundreds...

Seminar explores significance of ‘believing’ Thomas

Biblical, traditional and spiritual perspectives on St Thomas the Apostle — the so-called “doubting Thomas” — were the focuses of an Ecumenical Day in Auckland last month. The day, organised in cooperation between...

Open evening lifts the lid on modern slavery issue

by Br KEVIN DOBBYN, FMS There’s no slavery in New Zealand. Abraham Lincoln and Wilberforce dealt with that issue long ago! Yeah, right! Such a statement of history is the kind trumped up by...

CWL hears about change at conference

by SARAH ROBERTS Women from all over the country came together with one goal in mind — to make a positive change through faith.The biennial Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand conference was held...

Fundraising launched for strengthening of Timaru Basilica

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to raise $1.6million towards the strengthening and restoration of Sacred Heart Basilica in Timaru. The overall cost of the project is $2.4million, with $0.8 million...

Booties display sends strong pro-life message

Voice for Life’s Booties Project collected 15,638 pairs of baby booties and displayed 13,285 pairs in front of Parliament on July 25, but organisers said the real measure of success would...

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text and how are Catholics...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned...

Joy as two young priests ordained

During the ordination Mass of Fr Anthony Trenwith and Fr Tony King-Archer on August 4, Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared with them what he called a “lovely truth”.This was that even though the seminary part of...

Kids meet St Dominic in new book

by JEFF DILLON How can a book about a man who lived about 800 years ago be of interest to modern children? Quite easily if that man happens to have been St Dominic...

Number of NZ marriages declared null doubles

The number of marriages declared null by the New Zealand Tribunal of the Catholic Church more than doubled in 2017 as against the figure in 2015, which was largely before Pope Francis...

Call for Aubert beatification prayers

Sisters of Compassion Congregational Leader Sr Margaret Anne Mills has asked parishes to include a prayer during Masses for Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s beatification and canonisation. In a letter to parish promoters of Mother Aubert’s Cause, Sr...

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis...

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in...

Seismic risk sees Wellington cathedral closed

Cardinal John Dew has affirmed Wellington archdiocese’s commitment to strengthening the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart as the cathedral community takes steps to find its “new normal”. The cathedral was closed on...

2000-plus at WYD Auckland despite rain

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged the youth in his diocese to answer the call to holiness, telling them there is no excuse not to become saints. Bishop Dunn addressed more than...

Laura opens new worlds for migrant kids

Nineteen-year-old former Marist College (Mt Albert) student Laura McLellan tried not to have too many expectations when she went to do missionary work in Ranong, one of Thailand’s southern provinces.But what she...

Cardinal shares homily tips at clergy assembly

Cardinal John Dew has shared with priests at a Mini Clergy Assembly in Wellington archdiocese something he learned years ago that has had a “huge influence” on how he tries to prepare and...

Fr Francis Vernon Douglas last seen 75 years ago

by PATRICIA BROOKS Seventy five years ago this July a New Zealand-born priest disappeared in the Philippines. His parishioners did not know where he had gone. He just disappeared. It was a difficult...

Apostolic Nuncio to leave NZ for Uruguay posting

The Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, Archbishop Martin Krebs, has been appointed by Pope Francis to a similar position in Uruguay. In a June 27 statement, it was noted that he would leave...

Revisiting Humanae Vitae after 50 years

Fr Neil Vaney, SM, is chaplain to the Catholic Enquiry Centre. He wrote this article at NZ Catholic’s request. The 1960’s were a decade of rising expectations. The optimism and energy of...

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Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation, made by parish priest Fr...