Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Featured Catholic News

Corpus Christi procession in Titirangi

Motorists and people in Titirangi’s cafes and shops witnessed a Corpus Christi procession complete with canopy, thurifer, monstrance and parishioners on June 18. Fr Anthony Sumich, FSSP, carried the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament from Mt...

Sewing to protect girls from sex trade

Mary Connors started a sewing group in Thames a couple months ago. Far from being a way to pass time, this group hopes to prevent girls from falling into the hands of...

Parishioners make bags to care for planet

by JEFF DILLON It may well have started with an ungraceful fall at the local supermarket but the fallout has certainly produced some very “grace full” moments since then.It is said that the...

Lutheran-Catholic steps to closer future

by MARTIN de JONG Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral was packed for a Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenical Service on June 4 commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, as part of a series...

New centre integrates school with its parish

by EMMA DODSWORTH A new mission centre in Hawera features the offices of the Catholic school principal and the parish priest under the same roof, with school and parish administration...

Aubert’s 182nd birthday celebrated

Around 300 people gathered together on the night of June 19 to celebrate with the Sisters of Compassion the 182nd birthday of New Zealand’s soon-to-be-saint, the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. The...

Suzanne Aubert Day in October

The Sisters of Compassion and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference have announced the first Sunday of October as a day of celebration for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Suzanne Aubert...

Deported Doug trying to return to PNG

The role of religious workers in Papua New Guinea became the crux of a controversy as the Papua New Guinea government deported Kiwi lay missionary and Caritas volunteer Doug...

Top UK Catholic composer coming to Christchurch

One of the world’s pre-eminent Catholic conductors/composers, Sir James MacMillan, has added a visit to Christchurch in late July to his other New Zealand engagements. Sir James is coming...

Women can be pornography addicts too

She was a young Christian girl, head of her youth ministry, an academic standout, outgoing and prayerful. But she had a dirty little secret. She was addicted to porn. American author,...

‘Human books’ tell of homelessness

Some sleep rough in the streets. Some live in overcrowded rooms, motels or night shelters. But all had a story to tell. And that was done, often with pain,...

Theology must speak to cult of humanism

A rising cult of humanism is in danger of moving down a dark and sinister road — and theology needs to respond with powerful demonstrations of the enduring relevance...

NZ Ad Limina request

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has asked the appropriate offices in Rome to set a date for them to make an ad limina visit to the Vatican. NZCBC secretary...

Voices raised against Seymour bill

Objections are being raised, and opposition mobilised, against David Seymour’s Ending of Life Choice Bill which was drawn from a private members’ bills ballot at Parliament on June 8. Nathaniel...

Safeguarding role is an NZ first

Christchurch diocese has appointed a safeguarding coordinator, and is the first diocese in New Zealand to have such a dedicated position. Virginia Noonan, who has an extensive background in law...

Bishop Patrick Dunn: The gift of sight

We all know that the gift of sight is precious, and perhaps one we take for granted — until we are faced with the possibility we might lose it. Glaucoma...

St Bernard’s wins its first O’Shea Shield

For the first time in 71 years, St Bernard’s College in Lower Hutt took home the prestigious O’Shea Shield after besting 17 schools in Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses...

Cardinal Pell, professing innocence, will face charges in Australia

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Proclaiming his innocence after being charged with sexual abuse, Australian Cardinal George Pell said, "I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court." "I'm innocent...

National youth pilgrimage heading to Panama

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has given the go ahead for young Catholics in this country to have a national pilgrimage to Panama for the World Youth Day...

New national structure for youth ministry

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have approved a proposal to re-establish a national structure for youth and young adult ministries. Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan, secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops...

Govt Budget assessed by diocese commission

In the wake of the Government’s 2017 Budget, the Auckland Catholic Diocese Commission for Justice and Peace has stated that it is the responsibility of Government to foster the...

School honours Passchendaele fallen

by LYNDSAY FREER On Sunday, May 21, a large congregation of present and former students, friends, dignitaries and supporters gathered in the Sacred Heart College chapel in Auckland for their...

Kiwi inspired by Pope interaction with youth

Youth ministries throughout New Zealand have started making a plan to engage young people in and out of the Church and to find out their thoughts and views in...

PM impressed by today’s young people

Prime Minister Bill English faced questions on child poverty and ever increasing rents during a visit to De La Salle College in Mangere East on May 4. These topics were...

Chch team helps typhoon-hit Philippines

Christchurch diocesan priest Fr John Adams and 13 parishioners from St Joseph’s parish in Papanui have returned feeling tired but grateful after a 16-day mission visit to the Philippines...

Challenge issued for NZ priests to be with people more

As priests, who do we really know and love, how many of our people do we know and call by name and whose homes or flats did we visit...

New priest looks forward to journeying with flock

Newly-ordained Fr Cirilo Barlis was never 100 per cent certain he wanted to be a priest until a month-long retreat in 2013 made him look at his life and...

National youth conference refuels for mission

by SHANA LLORANDO The National Catholic Youth Ministry Conference was held on April 21-23 in Christchurch. People involved in youth ministry from all over New Zealand, including those in diocesan...

Deepening the spirit of Laudato Si’

by Martin de Jong Sr Gail Worcelo used Laudato Si’ as a springboard to explore the environmental and cosmological concepts of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry and other Christian thinkers...

Mariatu makes new life after hands hacked off

The speaker at the Auckland eucharistic convention dinner on April 22 had the “candle of her childhood blown out” by a series of terribly traumatic events, including having her...

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Truck crash halts some NZ Catholic 519 South Is. deliveries

Some parishes in the South Island did not receive issue 519 of NZ Catholic dated July 16. NZ Catholic has been informed that the truck delivering the packs of papers...