Friday, March 24, 2017

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Invercargill parish merger could be on the cards

by PETER OWENS A shortage of priests to serve the Dunedin diocese has led to the possibility of merging the four parishes to a base at St Mary’s in central Invercargill. Fr Chris O’Neill,...

Fr Murphy encourages silence at Mass

Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is encouraging priests in Auckland diocese to practise three minutes of silence after Communion.  Fr Murphy, the diocese’s director for contemplative prayer, said a moment of quiet in...

Special character protection wanted in new education bill

Proprietors of integrated schools want change made to an Education (Update) Amendment Bill that, as it is currently worded, could weaken the special character of some schools. In a submission to Parliament’s Education and Science...

Moving on after 18 years of inner-city ministry

St Patrick Cathedral had been home for the past 18 years, but Msgr Bernard Kiely was ready to move on. The Auckland diocese vicar-general moved to Balmoral parish in February. “I’m not sure it’s...

Maori priest installed as cathedral dean

A poignant liturgy characterised by light, song, Māori culture and laughter saw Pa Peter Tipene installed as Dean of the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph in Auckland....

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday -- celebrated March 1 this year -- leaves a mark. That's because not only are Catholics marked with...

Future saint in new resting place

The transferral and re-interment of the Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s mortal remains took place in a private ceremony at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington, on January 25,...

Hamilton bishop at first NZ Mass commemoration

by WIGA AUTET “Bishop Pompallier had a greatest gift to give, a gift of Jesus.” With these words Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton greeted the faithful at Totara Point in the Hokianga on Epiphany Sunday, January 8. “Today is...

Bishop backs youth synod input

As the Vatican released the preparatory document for the 2018 synod of bishops on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”, Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan said the value of knowing the thoughts and aspirations of young people...

Clergy moves in three NZ dioceses

Three dioceses have announced new clergy appointments for 2017.  These are Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. AUCKLAND Bishop Patrick Dunn made key changes to the placement of priests which will take effect on February...

How St Teresa helped polio victim fly

Gautam Lewis is a survivor — thanks in large part to a saint. St Teresa of Kolkata gave him a second chance at life, after he was stricken with polio...

First Maori Mass in Hamilton cathedral

There were people in tears coming to Communion at 10.30am Mass on the second Sunday in Advent at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton. Some people at...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students currently facing deportation from this...

New body for religious studies teachers

State schools are seen as an area of growth for religious studies by a recently formed organisation for teachers of the subject. After 25 years coming to be, the Religious...

NZ bishops raise ethnicity as factor in ending-of-life debate

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have warned that one majority culture should not impose its will on other cultures on the question of legalised assisted suicide. In their written submission to the ending of...

Maori children’s Bible now available in NZ

The Bible Society has launched Tāku Paipera, the only Māori children’s Bible available in New Zealand. Kaumatua Matt Hakiaha was particularly impressed with the use of colour in the Bible,...

Pilgrimage to remote ‘Holy door for a day’

by Sr MEG HILLS, RSJ Several Gisborne parishioners prepared for weeks to make a pilgrimage to a holy door open for a day at St Bede’s church in Matawai, on...

Move to revive Fatima national shrine in NZ

On March 12, 1950, Auckland Bishop James Liston blessed and dedicated the first shrine in New Zealand to Our Lady of Fatima.  The shrine was situated in the parish of Meadowbank which was...

Goal to bring 52 disabled Iraqi children to NZ

Safety is a commodity that is scarce in Iraq. Project 52, a project launched by the Chaldean Catholic community, aims to provide safety to 52 disabled children in Iraq by eventually having...

Bishop disappointed at Hato Petera decision

The Minister of Education has made the decision not to close Hato Petera College on Auckland’s North Shore.A co-educational Year 9-13 state integrated school, on July 1 it had...

Kiwi at advocacy meeting in Rome

by EMMA DODSWORTH New Zealanders, especially Catholics, should consider what they can do in the face of the increasing power of the god of money.Forrest Chambers, previously of the Palmerston...

Experts warn against following overseas experience with euthanasia

by Debra Vermeer The practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise, and not just for the terminally...

Pope has meal with homeless and gets 70,000 emails on his...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for Pope Francis' 80th birthday. Eight homeless...

Prayer day for abuse victims set

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have designated the first Friday of Lent next year as a day of prayer and penance for victims of abuse and violence in New Zealand.  In 2017, this day will...

Rerum Novarum: how Leo XIII started a revolution

by LYN SMITH When Pope Leo XIIl released the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the conditions of the working classes or labour) on May 15, 1891 (125 years ago this year)...

Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send pope birthday greetings

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even though Pope Francis was planning a "normal" workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails. Turning...

Akld bishop prays at Liston grave

For the first time, Auckland diocese’s Mass for deceased priests and their celebration of clergy jubilees was combined into one event on November 9. Bishop Patrick Dunn and Bishops Denis Browne and Owen Dolan celebrated Mass with Auckland’s priests at...

Family traces footsteps of martyred uncle

by VERNE TURNER & VERNON DOUGLAS Fr Vernon Douglas was a much loved member of the Douglas family from Johnsonville in Wellington. Vernon’s faith was deeply felt, leading him to commit his...

Teen romance still strong after 70+ years

When Colin and Lyn Dodunski married in 1946, they lived in an old house with an old coal range. “At the time I would have lived in a dog kennel, I...

Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia

Cardinal John Dew spoke on behalf of the New Zealand bishops at Parliament’s Health Select Committee on December 7, as part of the End of Life inquiry being conducted...

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Bishop’s headstone unveiled

Christchurch diocesan administrator Fr Rick Loughnan blessed the headstone on the late Bishop Barry Jones’s grave on February 12, one day before the late bishop’s one year anniversary. Bishop Jones...