Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Helping the poor is not a papal fad, but a duty,...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said. "We Christians cannot stand...

NZ Pacific voice on justice at Rome synod

Young people are looking for a Church that “sounds and acts like Jesus”, a young representative from New Zealand and Samoa told the synod of bishops in Rome. Joseph Moeono-Kolio, 31, who was representing Caritas...

Faith flourished on farm for US cardinal

Growing up in a loving and devout Catholic home, while working on a dairy farm in the US state of Wisconsin, was how Cardinal Raymond Burke first learned the Gospel of Life. The...

Warrior for his country now warrior for God

Deacon Gary Stone spent decades being a warrior for his country, Australia, and is now a warrior for God.  That’s how he was introduced at the Max18NZ  event for men titled...

Need to talk about ‘unwanted abortions’

Life-affirming organisations providing support to women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant need to be the sector leaders in the field to prevent knee-jerk reactions in favour of abortion in cases of crisis pregnancies. Dr...

Pastoral letter for Respect Life Sunday

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops marked Respect Life Sunday on October 14 with a message to the Catholic community on the preciousness and fragility of life.  The bishops wrote a letter and provided resources to be...

Pat retires and reflects on Church changes

Only someone who has served the Church at grass roots level for more thana quarter of a century can lovingly refer to it as a “weird organisation”. Looking back on her role...

Call to resist trend towards isolationism

Former Commonwealth Secretary- General and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Sir Donald McKinnon has appealed to political leaders to maintain their nations’ relationships with “like minded countries” and resist the trend towards isolationism. Sir Donald...

Kiwi Jesuit now trained in canon law

New Zealander and Jesuit Fr Justin Glyn recently completed a JCL (Licence in Canon Law) at St Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Normally a three-year course, Fr Glyn completed his studies in an...

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of...

Launching the next generation of saints

Young people, particularly teenagers, are not leaving the Church because they are rejecting its truth. Rather, they are leaving because the Church they see does not seem relevant to their lives today. Life...

NZ bishop’s voice heard at Rome synod

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called for “a new model of formation” of young people that will make them missionary disciples “in and for the contemporary age”. On October 4 at the Vatican,...

Catholics face choices in midst of ‘demonic storm’

by PAT McCARTHY A senior Vatican cardinal believes Catholics face two choices as the Church experiences a “perfect demonic storm” due to sexual abuse. “We are at a moment of serious crisis, probably the greatest...

Participants: Final synod document to focus on all young adults

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The synod's final document will seek to address issues concerning all young people and not just those issues facing young men and women living in...

Tap and Go fundraiser for new church

Parishes in various parts of this country are becoming more creative in terms of fundraising and are starting to embrace new technology to reach their goals.This was what St Luke’s Flat Bush...

Call for radical reshaping of Church governance

A leading Catholic layman has called for a radical reshaping of governance of the Catholic Church.  The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference’s Council for Young People chair, Dave Mullin, noted the current stories on abuse,...

The Catholic Apostleship of the Sea and Anglican Mission to Seafarers held a joint conference in Lyttelton on the weekend of September 8-9 to map the future service to seafarers in Lyttelton and...

Calls for Francis resignation dangerous CNS chief says

Catholic News Service director and editor-in-chief Greg Erlandson said calls for Pope Francis to resign are “extremely dangerous” adding that he felt some people have “crossed the line” in doing so. ...

Four decades of Marriage Encounter in NZ celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT Many families plan their day around the kitchen table. So it was that, 50 years ago, around a kitchen table in New York, USA, that a few couples and...

Changing pew-dwellers into missionary disciples

Diocesan priests from throughout New Zealand were challenged to unleash the giftedness of the people in parishes by making disciples out of them. Around 185 priests from all six New Zealand dioceses who gathered...

Alarm bells should be ringing in the corridors of power

Leaders of Catholic development agencies around the world have launched an urgent call for action, as there isn’t much time available to tackle the crisis without running into terrible...

Hamilton bishop hosts Mass videos

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe is hosting a video series called “The Mass”, which explains the symbols, gestures and prayers to enable the faithful to deepen their experience of their encounter with Christ.  “It is in...

Successful priests’ assembly had sad tinge

The national assembly of diocesan priests held in Christchurch this month is being hailed as probably the best such assembly to date, but the gathering was tinged with sadness.Some 185 priests gathered this...

Cardinal Ouellet responds to Archbishop Vigano on McCarrick case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington had been told by Vatican officials to withdraw from public life because of rumors about his sexual misconduct,...

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...

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Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...