Thursday, November 21, 2019

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Helping fathers and daughters build strong bonds

How often does a daughter sit down and really talk — for 10 minutes in a one-on-one conversation — with her Dad? I...

Sir John praises and warns at Caring Dinner

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key had a “remarkable experience” when he met Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier this year. Sir John, who...

Double deacon ordination

In ordaining two new transitional deacons, Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, expressed his gratitude and support for them, but also warned about the realities of their future...

Catholic census numbers drop

Catholics are still the largest “religious” group in New Zealand, according to 2018 census data, but the number of people identifying as Catholic has continued to drop.

Call for increased aid for Pacific neighbours

On September 19, members of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand presented to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee Inquiry into Aid in the Pacific.

Polish refugee children mark 75 years in NZ

Marysia Dac Jaśkiewicz’s family was transported from Poland to Russia in the middle of the night in 1939, when armed Russian soldiers surrounded her home and took...

Call for respect for rights at all stages of life

by NZ CATHOLIC staff MPs on a select committee considering the Abortion Legislation Bill have heard an oral submission from the New...

Resene colour award for Amberley church work

by MINA AMSO Resene Total Colour Awards category winner Damien Walker joked about getting up and taking to the catwalk to receive his...

Message for 60 plus: be the face of joy to the...

English Catholic motivational speaker and author David Wells has challenged people in “the autumn of their lives” to be the face of joy to the young people...

St Bede’s new chapel marks the end of 7-year rebuild

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, opened the newly built $3.5 million chapel of St Bede’s College on September 12, marking the conclusion of the school’s seven-year, $20...

How loveableness is the cornerstone of theology

The lack of relational thinking in the Catholic tradition is what spurred Fr Kevin Connors to write a thesis about loveableness and the Eucharist. “What...

Catholic priesthood a eucharistic ministry

Catholic priesthood should go back to its origins in the eucharistic life of the Church, not as a special caste of men carrying out their cultic ministry,...

International recognition for De Paul House project

De Paul House in Auckland has received international recognition for a housing project at Warkworth, undertaken to accommodate families living in substandard and overcrowded conditions.

Pastor and imam share remarkable story

by BEATE MATTHIES and RUTH CLEAVER On August 27, around 140 people gathered in the Fickling Centre, ThreeKings, Auckland to hear the remarkable story...

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...