Monday, June 18, 2018

Featured Catholic News

Faith is keystone to marriage

Faith is the keystone that has kept the marriage of former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia and his wife Bernadette going for 65 years. The couple, who celebrated their...

Spirit moved young people at pre-synod gathering

Pope Francis’ openness and willingness to listen to young people at the pre-synod meeting in Rome was deeply valued by all those who participated in the gathering. New Zealand representative at...

Young people share vision, hope for Church

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn assured young Catholics in the diocese that they were heard and their suggestions given at the Auckland Youth Synod will be taken very seriously. Some 200...

Bishop reflects on his 14-year ministry

by Jeff Dillon Bishop Colin Campbell was ordained the sixth Bishop of Dunedin on July 9, 2004 and relinquished that role when Fr Michael Dooley was ordained the seventh Bishop...

Dunedin bishop says he will trust in God

The words for Bishop Michael Dooley’s episcopal motto came to him in the middle of the night. Those words are “Trust in God”, the seventh Bishop of Dunedin told more...

People invited to walk with and accompany their new bishop

Preaching at the liturgical installation of Bishop Michael Dooley as the seventh Bishop of Dunedin, Cardinal John Dew called on the people of that diocese to walk with and...

Interfaith dialogue revolutionising religion

Interfaith dialogue is becoming increasingly essential in today’s multifaith world and is actually revolutionising religion. Interfaith Scotland director Dr Maureen Sier, who gave a public lecture on the topic of...

Aurora’s journey from child poverty to hope

by SARAH ROBERTS When Aurora Zacarias was just eight years-old she faced an uncertain future. The young Mexican orphan and her two older siblings, Elena and Alejandro, were struggling to...

Eucharistic convention director calls it a day

After 25 years of service, Auckland Eucharistic Convention director John Porteous is stepping down from this role. Mr Porteous said both he and his wife, Beth, felt it is time...

Astronaut took Communion while orbiting earth

by SARAH ROBERTS When NASA astronaut Colonel Michael Hopkins was looking back to earth from space he knew a higher power had something to do with creating all natural beauty...

Church teaching had impact on union head

First Union’s new general-secretary Dennis Maga credits his Catholic upbringing for his firm belief in socio-economic justice. “The Catholic Church’s teaching that had the most impact in my upbringing is...

Young Kiwi jumps barrier and hugs Pope Francis

A Kiwi student has jumped a barrier in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican to hug Pope Francis. Tim Helbano, originally from Wellington and now studying at the University of...

NZ bishops quoted in new papal exhortation

A document from New Zealand’s Catholic bishops has been cited in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) released on April 9. In the...

Baby booties wanted for pro-life message

Voice for Life has embarked on a campaign that will gently remind people of the huge number of lives lost to abortion. The Booties Project, brainchild of VFL Nelson member...

Birds ousted as new roof tops Dunedin priory

by JEFF DILLON There are some very distraught pigeons in Dunedin. The birds, which have had easy access to roosting in the rafters of the historic former Dominican priory building...

New building statement on revitalised St Paul’s

Five years ago, the proprietors of St Paul’s College in Ponsonby faced a critical decision at a time of low or static roll, buildings that needed upgrading or replacing...

Include Church in abuse inquiry – Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops and representation from Catholic religious orders have written to the Prime Minister and others requesting that a royal commission into historical abuse in state care...

Kiwi’s three years on Pope’s commission

Bill Kilgallon is looking back on his three years as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with sense of achievement, alongside a certain sense...

Don’t be afraid to love God, youth told at Set Free

Echoing the call made by St John Paul II, American speaker Timothy Glemkowski called on young Catholic Kiwis not to be afraid to give themselves completely to God. Mr Glemkowski,...

Bishops mention PM’s baby in submission

In their recent submission on the End of Life Choice Bill, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have highlighted the delight shown in the Prime Minister’s baby news and have called...

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church hall in Orewa on February...

UK think tank against NZ euthanasia bill

If the End of Life Choice Bill being considered by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee passes into law as it is currently written, the long term result could be an...

Three in 2018 Holy Cross Seminary first year

Two men from Christchurch and one from Auckland make up the newest batch of seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Jose O’Sullivan, who is studying for Christchurch diocese, is...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from...

Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ

Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby is now the proud owner of an icon of the Transfiguration written by an artist of international renown.The icon, written by Michael Galovic, now...

New bishop for Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop-Elect Michael Dooley's ordination to the Episcopate will be on Thursday 26th April at 6.00pm in the Dunedin Town Hall, the diocese announced. Bishop-elect Dooley will be the seventh...

New Chch bishop is open-minded on cathedral

Bishop Paul Martin is open minded on the issue of rebuilding the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, waiting until he is fully briefed on the subject before he makes...

Papal preacher to young people: Discover love, joy, life Jesus offers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the church listens to young people in preparation for this year's synod, the church must not forget to also help them listen to Jesus...

Jesus does not give up on anyone, pope tells prisoners

ROME (CNS) -- Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready...

Chch bishop tells people: ‘I now belong to you’

“I am no longer a wandering religious. This is my home.” With these words, the newly-ordained Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Paul Martin, SM, received the mantle of leadership of a...

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Progress slow on ‘Olive Leaf’ centre

by Peter Owens Further documentation has been filed with the Queenstown District Council in connection with a proposed “Olive Leaf” centre next to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic church in...