Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Featured Catholic News

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....

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...