Monday, September 25, 2017

Featured Catholic News

Bishops send strong challenge to school trustees

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have written to members of boards of trustees of Catholic schools warning against giving priority to secular concerns at the expense of Catholic character. In a letter dated July 1,...

Fun family weekend held in Canterbury

by JOHN KENNEDY CHRISTCHURCH — Catholic families from Christchurch diocese gathered at Waipara, North Canterbury, at the end of September for the second Catholic Family Camp. Inspired by the Catholic Family...

The Vietnam war through a Catholic priest’s eyes

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Twenty-three years ago the life of Vietnamese Community chaplain, Fr Andrew Nguyen, was transformed. On June 6, 1990, Fr Nguyen arrived in New Zealand to a...

Carmelites share embroidery treasures

An amazing collection of exquisitely embroidered priestly vestments, lecturn banners as well as altar cloths has been on display at the Carmelite Monastery in  Christchurch.  The exhibition called Embroidery Treasures from Hidden Monastic...

NZ asked to help in Holy Land

by PAT McCARTHY AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s knights and dames of the Holy Sepulchre are helping to establish a centre for Catholic Scouts in the Holy Land city of Bethlehem. The fundraising...

A Marian devotion for mental well-being

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week in early October was all about connecting with nature, but one Hamilton Catholic is promoting another type of connection — that with...

Fifty years later, pope and patriarch meet again in Jerusalem

By Francis X. Rocca JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek...

Parishioners help make township safer

by PETER GRACE Disorder and general lawlessness have fallen and public safety has increased in Glen Eden in the past two years, thanks at least in part to the township’s Samoan...

Jesus was in favour of the law, scholar argues

by MICHAEL OTTO Speaking at the launch of Canon Law In Action by Msgr Brendan Daly, historian and Scripture scholar Fr Justin Taylor, SM, argued against the notion that Jesus...

Three Sisters feature in new NZ film

by PETER GRACE HIRUHARAMA — A New Zealand film released on August 23 focuses on three Sisters of Compassion and the local community at Jerusalem (Hiruharama) on the Whanganui River. How...

Kiwis helping keep kids safe 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...

Lay evangelist issues a missionary call

Filipino Catholic lay evangelist Bo Sanchez has a message for Kiwis: “God has a plan for their lives. The blessings are available if we just open our eyes.”Mr Sanchez...

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...

Bush work no sweat for 93-year-old

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Roye Hammond is 93 years of age and still swings a pick and shovel with a vigour that would put men decades younger to shame. For...

Devotion to Our Lady grows

by ROWENA OREJANA More than 750 devotees of the Our Lady of Penafrancia celebrated the 25th anniversary of their arrival in New Zealand with a procession around Our Lady of Assumption...

Solomon Islands uses NZ as education example

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s experience with state-integrated schools is being drawn upon as the Solomon Islands’ education system is being reformed. Experienced educationalist Brendan Schollum, a former principal...

Eastern Catholics want a migrant quota

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND – The Eastern Catholic Churches in New Zealand are asking the government to reinstate an immigration quota specifically for Iraqi Christians who are being persecuted and...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia will take up the position...

Joint fundraising for Syria tops $21K

by PETER GRACE Fundraising competition between Auckland colleges has raised more than $21,000 in a few weeks to help people in Syria. Fundraising between St Mary’s College in Ponsonby and St...

Final message much changed from early report

The synod’s final report, released on October 18, presents substantial changes with respect to the much-discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried. The final report...

Democracy needs virtue, says papal biographer

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Freedom and democracy are not enough for a flourishing society — virtue is also essential, says American author and intellectual George Weigel, who spoke in...

Evangelising one bite at a time

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That was the analogy United States Catholic digital media and evangelising couple Greg and Jennifer...

End in sight in project to renew Dunedin basilica

by ROWENA OREJANA DUNEDIN — The last stage of the revitalisation of St Patrick’s Basilica, which will start towards the end of the year, is expected to cement its role...

Shroud shows the reality of the Passion

The Shroud of Turin shows the reality of the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ, according to Shroud presenter James Bertrand. Mr Bertrand, a student of and presenter about the Shroud for the past...

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....

Iraqi teenager recalls the day that changed her life

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Fourteen-year- old Carmel College student Nadine Amso remembers vividly the day that changed her life. She was 10 years old. She was sitting with her family in...

Exuberant crowds greet pope in unofficial welcome to Philippines

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Although it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and church officials and an exuberant crowd...

Ancient document reveals more about the Magi

VATICAN CITY (CathNews) — An ancient document found in the Vatican archives casts new light on the story of the Nativity and the Three Wise Men who came to...

Hamilton city parish re-ordering on cards

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton has proposed changing the number of parishes in Hamilton city from six to four. Bishop Lowe spelled out the need to make changes, the reasons...

A life turned around

Rob came to prison with a long list of offences that included various types of violence with weapons, including two rape charges and some drug charges. His family had disowned...

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2nd Fr O’Donoghue dies

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Kevin O’Donoghue, SM died recently at Wellington’s Home of Compassion aged 91. His priestly and Marist life of 67 years spanned a wide range of ministries and...