Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Jubilee celebration for Chch Carmelite

by JENNY McPHEE A festival atmosphere could be heard beyond the thick stone walls of the Carmelite Monastery in Christchurch on February 2. The occasion was the celebration of the silver jubilee (25...

Faiths come together in wake of terror attacks

Neighbours came together in solidarity in a special service in Ponsonby two days after the terrorist killings in Christchurch. On Vermont Street, off Ponsonby Rd, the Catholic Sacred Heart parish...

Minister’s Filipino-Catholic jibe ‘hurtful’

New Zealand First may have an “uphill battle” in gaining the support of Filipino immigrants and Catholics after Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones’ hurtful remarks against Filipino Catholics early this month. Mr Jones...

After attacks, NZ bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) -- New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw 49 people killed. The shootings...

Seal of confession issues often misunderstood

A New Zealand canon lawyer has discussed, in a peer-reviewed book, the Church’s law on the seal of confession, with particular reference to sexual abuse of minors. Msgr Brendan Daly,...

Santo Niño devotion thrives in Aotearoa

The Filipino Catholic community gathered on the North Shore in Auckland on January 20 to mark the 25th anniversary of their devotion to Senyor Santo (Sto) Niño (Holy Child) in New Zealand. One...

Liturgy Office restructure possible

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference is reviewing the possibility of restructuring the National Liturgy Office. NZCBC president Bishop Patrick Dunn said the bishops are finding it hard to find...

NZ families not keen on their sons being priests

A senior Wellington priest has made some “personal observations” about the shortage of vocations to the priesthood in this country. Writing in the January 27 edition of The Cathedral Connection...

‘Hearts’ deals with hot topics

Hearts Aflame 2019 started on January 4 in a spirit of expectation with a weekend retreat themed as “Called”, led by Hearts Aflame “old-boy” Fr Jeremy Palman from Auckland. This...

Kiwis to the forefront at World Youth Day in Panama

Young Kiwis literally took centre stage at World Youth Day in Panama, an event that Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan described as “truly transformational for everyone”. Bishop Drennan, who accompanied...

Cardinal John Dew at protection of minors summit at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In an opulent Vatican room designed in the 16th century for papal meetings with kings, a cardinal read, "We confess that we have shielded the...

Time for all-out battle against crime of abuse says Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis...

Measures flowing from protection of minors summit are imminent says moderator

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is...

Marists leave Hamilton

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe declared 2019 a “fallow year” in terms of Māori mission and pastoral care as he bade farewell to Marist Fathers David Rawiri Gledhill and David...

Collaboration is a key priority

Listening to the people of the Auckland diocese as to how they would like to like to collaborate with the Diocesan Pastoral and Evangelisation Office is the first priority...

Distinguished scientist becomes a Dame

Several Catholics received honours in the New Year’s Honours List. Among them were: Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of Epsom was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit...

Hitting the right notes in NZ’s southern churches

by JEFF DILLON In mid-December, St Joseph's cathedral in Dunedin resounded to soaring voices and orchestral instruments as the visiting Sydney based choir and ensemble, Artes Christi, performed F. J....

Ethnic mix changing in Catholic schools

Last year was the first year that non-European/Pākehā students made up more than half the number of students in Catholic schools in New Zealand.  Using Ministry of Education school roll data as of July,...

NZ-based theologian is an abuse survivor

by PHILIPPA HITCHEN ROME (CNS) – A New-Zealand-based theologian was one of several female survivors of sexual abuse by priests to call on Church leaders preparing for a February summit...

New full biography a milestone in Colin cause

The first full-length biography since the 19th century of a man whose name, it is said, deserves to be as well-known as that of Samuel Marsden in the history of New Zealand, has...

Alleged racism confrontation in US more complex than first portrayed

WASHINGTON (CNS) - An exchange between Catholic high school students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington on January 18 led to vilification on social media the following...

‘Translation wars’ running out of steam?

More than a year after Pope Francis issued his Motu Propio on liturgical translations, Magnum Principium, the fight over the “translation wars” seemed to have lost steam as bishops’...

Abrahamic faiths deepen understanding

What are a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian doing having a coffee together at the Botanical Gardens in Wellington?  Those who watch television ads will have noticed a...

First Baptism at the Otago Corrections Facility

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley baptised a prisoner inside the Otago Corrections Facility on December 9, in what was a moving ceremony witnessed by prison staff, inmates and Catholic volunteers. Otago...

21 Kiwis heading for WYD in Panama in January

A contingent of 21 New Zealanders will attend the international celebration for the 2019 World Youth Day (WYD2019) in Panama.  The event will be attended by thousands from around the world in January...

Christchurch schools celebrate sacred music

by INFORM Editorial Team November 22 is the feast of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. On the morning of the feast day this year, some 325 students from 17...

A tiny lady with the warmest of hearts

Janina Sarniak was a tiny lady with the warmest of hearts. Each Sunday for 20 years she would take her seat in the front pew at Mass at St Mary’s...

NZ bishops help quake-ravaged PNG diocese

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has donated $15,000 to the earthquake-ravaged diocese of Mendi in Papua New Guinea to help with its on-going recovery and rebuilding. Mendi Bishop Donald...

Archdiocese has a new pro-cathedral

by Fr RON BENNETT Because Wellington’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is closed for earthquake-strengthening, Karori’s St Teresa’s church officially became the Pro-Cathedral of the archdiocese at a special ceremony...

Decades of service in Maori mission recognised by Pope

A priest who has worked in the Maori mission in New Zealand since the 1950s has been honoured by Pope Francis. Pa Mikaere (Michael) Ryan, MHM, was presented with the...

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Chaldean Catholics able to empathise

The St Addai Chaldean Catholic community in south Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy — because many members of the Chaldean community know first-hand the sufferings...