Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Tears at Christchurch parish plan meeting

by MINA AMSO “Do not take my rock away from me”, was the message from a Catholic woman to Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin,...

Abortion is both a health issue and a justice issue

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops today expressed concern about the proposed new abortion regime for New Zealand, whilst also looking forward to contributing to what they hoped...

The puzzles of the Last Supper in Luke

Professor of Historical Theology Fr Thomas O’Loughlin from the University of Nottingham reckons he has cracked the problem of the most baffling piece of Scripture in the...

New charismatic service body meets in NZ

by ESME O’RAFFERTY The new body arising out of the worldwide re-organisation of Catholic charismatic groups has had its first meeting in New Zealand....

Former PM and GP wife oppose EOLC Bill

Some politicians changed the way they previously voted in order to oppose the End of Life Choice Bill at its second reading in Parliament, but the gap...

Response to EOLC Bill second reading progress

In response to questions put by NZ Catholic, the following article was received from The Nathaniel Centre — The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre.

50 years of justice, peace, development work

Fifty years of work by Caritas and its predecessor organisations for justice, peace and development was marked with a Mass celebrated at St Joseph’s church in Mount...

Bishops offer full support for abuse inquiry

As the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions held a preliminary hearing on June 25, a...

Southern college changes ownership after 90 years

by JEFF DILLON After some 90 years under the Christian Brothers’ umbrella, St Kevin’s College in Oamaru is to have a change of owner...

New provincial for Society of Mary

Fr Tim Duckworth, SM, has been elected to become New Zealand provincial of the Society of Mary, starting in early 2020. He succeeds Fr David Kennerley, SM....

Pope: Prostitution is ‘disgusting vice’ that tortures defenseless women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Prostitution is a horrendous crime that reduces vulnerable women to tortured slaves who are at the mercy of their clients, Pope Francis said.

Tributes flow for remarkable Sr Pauline O’Regan

by MINA AMSO Known as the “affirming”, “empowering of people”, and “encouraging” Sister of Mercy, the late Sr Pauline O’Regan, RSM, CBE, DCNZM,...

Best governance for Catholic organisations

A governance standard based on the corporate world may not be the best one for Catholic organisations, as their (Catholic groups’) outcomes are based on the Church’s...

Giving hope to students who are pregnant

Carolina, a 27-year-old international student, found herself pregnant and alone in a country foreign to her. When she told her partner about the baby, he told her...

Honoured for carving and more

by CATHIE BELL Carving has been how Jim Davis has brought his appreciation of other cultures into the religious setting. Now...

Rome link to Mother Aubert cause is a boost

As the cause for the beatification of Venerable Suzanne Aubert progresses, Sisters of Compassion congregation leader Sr Margaret Anne Mills finds hope in the fact that Cardinal...

‘Knockabout’ Kiwi bloke ordained in Rome

by SEB JAMES Fr Sam Fancourt was raised as a quintessential Kiwi. Chilled out, happy, no real worries and no need for God. But...

Bishop’s words of hope at Christian unity service

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn spoke words of comfort, reassurance and hope, with reference to Christians working for justice, at an ecumenical service to mark the Week of...

Working together in NZ to better help seafarers

By JEFF DRANE, SM This last year has seen church groups in Aotearoa New Zealand working together more closely to offer a...

Good Shepherd College has final graduation

It is a time of change for the Church, and also for Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby, said the chair of the college’s senate at...

Headmaster speaks out against legalising cannabis

by ESME O’RAFFERTY A Catholic secondary school headmaster has come out swinging against the cannabis (marijuana) referendum due to be held at the 2020...

Do young people get cold shoulder in our churches?

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic young adults felt the hierarchy started listening to them in preparation for the 2018 synod of bishops on young people, and...

Defending the faith without losing souls

Arguing in defence of the faith is not about winning a debate, but walking with Jesus in the relationship that he wants us to have with the...

Cardinal updates Akld priests on abuse summit

“Put the victims first” was the message from the worldwide meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences held in Rome in February this year on “The Protection...

Donations move good but little for Catholic schools

The Government’s decision, announced in the Budget, to offer decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools the choice of not seeking donations from parents is a good one,...

Sustainability focus would have improved Budget

While welcoming the focus of the Government’s “Well-being” Budget delivered on May 30, Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission believes it would have been improved...

Refurbished city hostel means more hospitality for homeless

The James Liston Hostel, an emergency housing facility for homeless people in Auckland’s city centre, re-opened this month after undergoing a top-to-bottom make-over, which cost more...

Pa Tim returned to his beloved Rotorua

“A hundred years of life — it’s a long hikoi, isn’t it?” That was how Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe started his homily at the...

New MP shows pro-life support

The first New Zealand Member of Parliament of Filipino descent has made a strong pro-life statement in his maiden speech in the House.

Meetings on for proposed changes for Chch parishes

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin will hold meetings with the different parishes in Christchurch city and the greater Christchurch area this month (July) on the proposed changes to...