Thursday, August 22, 2019

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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...

‘Final Assembly’ for Gisborne former pupils

When a group of school friends got together near Thames last August, it was just for a chinwag. But towards the end, they decided to have another meeting that would be bigger, brighter and...

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...

Mass for Life starts prayer wave

The celebration of a Mass for Life in Auckland on February 13 was the start of a great wave of prayer for life that will resound around the world. That...

Papal preacher to young people: Discover love, joy, life Jesus offers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the church listens to young people in preparation for this year's synod, the church must not forget to also help them listen to Jesus...

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis...

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...

Migrant report serious: Minister

The Minister for Immigration has acknowledged that a report by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand on the unfair treatment of some migrant workers in this country has highlighted “very serious” concerns. Minister Michael Woodhouse...

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...

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,...

Youth challenge: stress

Stress is being cited as a big challenge in young people’s lives, according to early indications from a survey of New Zealand young people carried out for New Zealand’s...

Pointers for singing properly at Mass

The opening hymn at a Mass is not a travelling music piece for the priest to make a grand entrance — and the closing music is optional. Internationally acclaimed...

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...

NZ altar bread market heating up

by ROWENA OREJANA The Carmelite nuns go about their work in silence. They mix the ingredients and pour the mixture into two heated circular iron machines to bake them into...

‘Hero for Christ’ gave his life to save others

Angelo Tuyay lost his life while saving the lives of others — and for that he is being hailed as a hero.  The word “hero” was used in many of the tributes made...

Survivors want evil to be faced down

by ROWENA OREJANA Holocaust survivors Bob and Freda Narev want people to stand up and do something if they see evil being perpetrated. The couple related their experiences as children during...

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...

First Baptism at the Otago Corrections Facility

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley baptised a prisoner inside the Otago Corrections Facility on December 9, in what was a moving ceremony witnessed by prison staff, inmates and Catholic volunteers. Otago...

Author rejects Pompallier’s bad press

The latest book to be published on the life of Auckland’s first bishop, Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier, is a love story between Maori, the bishop and the Catholic Church. The book, entitled Bishop...

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....

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...

Bishop reflects on his 14-year ministry

by Jeff Dillon Bishop Colin Campbell was ordained the sixth Bishop of Dunedin on July 9, 2004 and relinquished that role when Fr Michael Dooley was ordained the seventh Bishop...

International visitor explores Jewish-Christian dialogue

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Sometimes when Dr Deborah Weissman teaches Christian students from Third World nations who are visiting Jerusalem, they ask if the Jewish religion still practises animal...

Human trafficking a reality in NZ waters

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — University of Auckland researchers have concluded that many Indonesian crew on Korean chartered fishing vessels in New Zealand waters are victims of human trafficking for...

Need to talk about ‘unwanted abortions’

Life-affirming organisations providing support to women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant need to be the sector leaders in the field to prevent knee-jerk reactions in favour of abortion in cases of crisis pregnancies. Dr...

Cardinal Pell: Bishop committed ‘gross deception’ about Australian pedophile

SYDNEY (CNS) -- When former Bishop Ronald Mulkearns of Ballarat moved a pedophile priest from parish to parish in the early 1970s without divulging the underlying reasons for the...

‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting "hosanna" in the world, proclaiming the lordship...

St Ben’s window on NZ stamp

by PETER GRACE A stained glass window from St Benedict’s Church in Newton, Auckland, will feature in NZ Post’s series of 2015 Christmas stamps. The window is one of three connected...

Quilts illustrate the vision of Mother Aubert

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — One hundred and fifty people of all creeds and none gathered in St Mary’s Church in Wanganui on July 12 for the blessing and opening of...

Hamilton bishop hosts Mass videos

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe is hosting a video series called “The Mass”, which explains the symbols, gestures and prayers to enable the faithful to deepen their experience of their encounter with Christ.  “It is in...