Saturday, February 16, 2019

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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...

Mary comes back to her Tuakau grotto

by PHIL McLAUGHLIN Sunday, November 18, at Tuakau saw a large gathering of Marist Brothers, former brothers and old boys assemble at the Tuakau Hotel for a reunion luncheon on...

St Heliers parish brings Christmas joy to neighbours

St Ignatius Catholic parish has raised, organised and delivered 370 Christmas hampers full of goodies to schools and a religious group who are looking after the parish’s vulnerable neighbours. The...

Late blooming talent put to good use

The colourful Christmas cards were spread out on her table adding to the brightness of the flowers in the yellow vase and her electric blue top. At 78, artist Patsy...

Vinnies base becomes a toy shop

St Vincent de Paul Wellington has temporarily converted their office at Riddiford Street in Newtown into a one-of-a-kind toy shop where parents can get presents for their children for...

Peace to all people and to all nations on earth

The message of Pope Francis for this year’s World Day of Peace began with these words: “Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the...

Silent Night trending at Tauranga Hospital

At Tauranga Hospital, the song Silent Night is the most requested Christmas carol from hospital chaplains walking around the wards singing and spreading cheer. The hospital is one of the...

New priest ordained for Dunedin diocese

by Jeff Dillon A South Korean, Jaewoo Joseph Lee, was ordained a priest for Dunedin diocese in a joyful ceremony at a Friday evening ordination Mass on November 16, before a large congregation...

Wgtn goes all out for World Day of the Poor

The Archdiocese of Wellington went all out for the World Day of the Poor last month as parishes and organisations arranged a variety of activities that reached out to the vulnerable...

Statement for life made on capital’s streets

Amid the pink and blue balloons and the many signs bearing pro-life messages at the second March for Life in Wellington on December 8, one was especially poignant. Carried by a woman,...

Gender diversity issues guide for schools

The National Centre for Religious Studies has released a document that provides Catholic schools with guidance on how to navigate issues pertaining to gender diversity among young people today. Gender Complexity in Schools, which is endorsed...

Retiring principal will miss ‘brotherhood’

by SARAH ROBERTS When principal Jim Dale thinks of the brotherhood he’s leaving behind at Sacred Heart College it pulls at his heart strings.  For 12 years he’s watched the school grow in...

Restrictions at Tauranga church after initial seismic study

The chapel, kitchen and supper room at St Mary Immaculate church in Tauranga have been withdrawn from scheduled use in the wake of an initial seismic assessment. The assessment found that the bell tower meets...

Pro-life rosary crusade image for NZ

A youthful Blessed Virgin Mary, with a long white cloud and sea as background, is the image that will represent the New Zealand Pro-Life Rosary Crusade in its efforts to counter what is...

Liturgy office work brought rewards and challenges

National Liturgy Office director Louise Campbell called on the faithful to “trust the liturgy of the Church” as she retired from office in September. “Liturgy is not just a book, a text,...

‘Hero for Christ’ gave his life to save others

Angelo Tuyay lost his life while saving the lives of others — and for that he is being hailed as a hero.  The word “hero” was used in many of the tributes made...

Abortion a justice and health issue

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference president has reiterated that abortion is both a health and a justice issue as the push for abortion law reform takes another step.  Bishop Patrick Dunn made an initial reaction...

Jesus admired in NZ; Church not so much

Although the Church as an institution, whether Catholic or Protestant, is being viewed with increased suspicion, Jesus is still very much admired and respected in this country, the results...

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...