Monday, May 22, 2017

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Christchurch events to mark Fatima centenary

by CHRIS WATKINS Exactly a century ago, the Blessed Virgin appeared at Fatima with prophecies and messages now more relevant than ever. Fully approved by the Church and promoted by subsequent...

New monasticism takes God to streets

When Catholics thinks of monasticism, names like St Anthony of Egypt in the desert and St Benedict and his rule come to mind. But what has been dubbed a “new...

First Maori diocesan priest dies

A Catholic Totara of many years has fallen in the Far North. Pa Henare Tate, the first Māori to be ordained as a diocesan priest, died in Rawene Hospital on...

Finding common ground in care of the earth

by MARTIN DE JONG Jewish, Catholic and Muslim speakers found common ground in recognising the call to greater environmental care through their respective faiths, in an interfaith event on “Care...

Visiting sisters unpack Pope’s green encyclical

A new consciousness or culture of inclusiveness and interconnectivity is needed if the earth is to have a future. This was the message of American Dominican sisters Sr Margaret Galiardi...

Two Tauranga parishes now officially one

by PATRICIA BROOKS One hundred and seventy seven years ago on March 7, on the then feast of St Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Pompallier, Fr Philippe Viard, SM, Br Michel Columban,...

Vinnies world boss likes NZ

Society of St Vincent de Paul international president Renato Lima de Oliveira came New Zealand to learn from Vincentians in this country and to show them support for their...

Kiwis helping save kids from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing Foundation. The research showed benefits...

Book hails Auckland Latin Mass champion

An Auckland priest who waged a largely lone battle for years over the liturgy has had an account written of his working life. “Fr. Pierre Denzil Meuli — An Extraordinary...

New monasticism takes God to streets

When Catholics think of monasticism, names like St Anthony of Egypt in the desert and St Benedict and his rule come to mind. But what has been dubbed a “new...

Pope gives young people three missions before synod, WYD

ROME (CNS) - On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were; to work to make those...

Kiwis in Rome for youth-focused meeting

Auckland diocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry team leader Teresa McNamara and Isabella McCafferty from Wellington archdiocese’s Family and Young Church Vicariate have been chosen as delegates to an international meeting in Rome...

Seminarians make hikoi to Hamilton diocese

Seminarians from New Zealand’s national diocesan seminary went on a hikoi to Hamilton diocese to experience the New Zealand Church “in a more intimate way”.  Holy Cross Seminary formation director Fr Michael Gielen...

Call for abuse cases to be dealt with regionally

A New Zealand Catholic Church official has suggested that priests accused of sex abuse would be better dealt with regionally, rather than their cases being referred to Rome. Bill Kilgallon, the national director...

Akld caring foundation boost for quake recovery work

The Auckland diocese, through Bishop Patrick Dunn’s Catholic Caring Foundation, raised more than $67,000 for families and individuals affected by the earthquakes towards the end of last year.  “Thanks to the generosity of spirit demonstrated...

Caritas gives Govt. pre-Budget advice

Echoing the words of Pope Francis, who has warned that economic progress that diminishes people’s quality of life is no progress at all, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is urging the Government to attend to the...

Young religious brother makes final vows

De La Salle Brother Sir Patrick Lynch looked on as Br Lewis Harwood made his final vows as a Brother of the Christian Schools (De La Salle brother) at St Therese Church in...

Priests called to be ‘digital disciples’

A visiting bishop from Australia has encouraged Kiwi priests to be “digital disciples”, involved in social media. Bishop Richard Umbers, an auxiliary bishop of Sydney, gave this exhortation at a...

Tastebuds tempted by Lenten recipes

A self-confessed “meat and spuds man”, St Mary’s Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is going vegetarian this Lent. An article that he read in the UK Catholic weekly The...

Four first year students at Holy Cross Seminary

A Kiwi and three Vietnamese men entered Holy Cross Seminary this year to discern the plans God has in store for them. Former Manawatu youth minister Thomas Dravitzki, 26, is...

NZ bishops pleased that liturgy translation document to be reviewed

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are pleased that a review is looming for the document that spells out the way liturgical translations from Latin to vernacular languages are done.  Recently, it was reported that Pope...

Iraq’s Christian refugees face double discrimination

by PAT McCARTHY Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians, who once made up one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East, are facing double discrimination as displaced persons...

Leading canonist Msgr Price dies

The Catholic Church lost a legal luminary when Msgr David Price passed away on February 3, a day after his retirement as judicial vicar for the Tribunal of the Catholic Church in New Zealand...

First Filipino candidate aims high

The opportunity for practical application of faith is what tipped the scales for Romy Udanga in his decision to seek a parliamentary seat.  Mr Udanga is the first parliamentary candidate supported by a major...

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....