Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Young Kiwi sailor competes in Mexico

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Waving hello to dolphins and orcas. Being out on the water for about half the day. Nothing could be cooler for a 14-year-old boy except...

Political parties and their policies as related to our bishops’ key...

With the general election on September 23 approaching fast, NZ Catholic has summarised significant policies of the main parties according to the headings outlined in the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ statement...

Liturgy office work brought rewards and challenges

National Liturgy Office director Louise Campbell called on the faithful to “trust the liturgy of the Church” as she retired from office in September. “Liturgy is not just a book, a text,...

Kiwi reactions on the Synod

Soon after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family closed in Rome last month, NZ Catholic asked several New Zealanders for their thoughts on the synod. Steve McNicholl, Oamaru...

Time for all-out battle against crime of abuse says Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis...

NZ abuse inquiry likely to include churches

Whatever shape the new Government’s promised independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in state care takes, the past actions of churches, including the Catholic Church, will...

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of...

Top Bible reading excuses

A lack of self-discipline, distraction and busyness have been identified by Christians as the top barriers to reading the Bible. The 2017 Bible Engagement Survey conducted by the Bible Society...

Msgr Hunt lives on through new book

by PETER GRACE A new book means the late Msgr Vince Hunt continues to say something today, according to priest and teacher, Fr John Dunn. On December 4, Glimpses of Hope,...

Best in the west as rebuilt Holy Cross dedicated

“The west is the best,” the Bishop of Auckland keeps being told when he visits parishes in West Auckland. “Henderson is the best of the west,” Bishop...

More religious support wanted for refugees

by ROWENA OREJANA Stronger and more active religious support is needed for refugees who are coming into New Zealand, says missionary priest, Fr Don Hornsey, SSC. Fr Hornsey, who served...

Kiwis hear of Holy Land hardship and hope

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The most difficult task Claudette Habesch faced in raising her children in Palestine was not letting hatred grow in their hearts. “It has not been easy,”...

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...

Dame Kiri drops in on her old school

One of New Zealand’s most distinguished daughters paid a visit to her old school on November 19. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa visited St Mary’s...

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,...

Survival is Bethlehem University’s miracle

by KATE MAHONY WELLINGTON — Every day, students at Bethlehem University in Palestine Occupied Territories face a barrage of barriers on their way to and from campus. For one third...

Walking for Jesus on the Camino

by VICTORIA NING Earlier this year I set foot upon a well-worn path in the south of France, and set out upon the journey known as the Camino de Santiago,...

Mystery of Bergoglio inspires new movie

by ROWENA OREJANA The desire to explore and know more about the mystery that is Pope Francis is what led top Argentinian-Spanish director Beda Docampo Feijoo to craft the movie...

Move to shut down Thames pro-life protest

Voice for Life members in Thames have vowed to continue their protest against abortion “for as long as it takes” after pro-abortion elements tried and failed to get the Thames Coromandel District Council...

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...

Winning the battle of the school lunchboxes

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Below is a selection of schoolkids' best ideas for their school lunches — here’s hoping some of them will work for you. (See also Michelle Vollemaere's Around...

Pukekohe celebrates local ordination

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On December 13, in his home parish of St Patrick’s Church, Pukekohe, Philip Simon Bennenbroek was ordained a priest of the Marist Order by Bishop Patrick Dunn...

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...

Euthanasia referendum given bioethicist thumbs down

A Catholic bioethicist has given an emphatic thumbs down to any use of a referendum on legalised assisted suicide and/or euthanasia in this country. Director of the New Zealand Catholic...

The happiest day of Kiwi Carmelite’s life

by MINA AMSO Newly-professed Carmelite nun, Sr Catherine of Christ, lacked the words toarticulate what it felt like on the day she made her...

Waikato University honours two of the region’s bishops

Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne and Anglican Archbishop Sir David Moxon have been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Waikato for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Waikato community.The two leaders were recognised at a graduation...

Lay Dominicans hold second national gathering

by DOROTHY COUP Who are the lay Dominicans? And what attracted 40 of them, from Panguru to Invercargill and places in between, to attend the second national gathering of Dominican Laity...

Second Vatican Council participants hand legacy on to new generation

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A group of young adults from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia received scrolls commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second...

More than 80 Catholic Bishops of Oceania gather in New Zealand

by NZ Catholic staff Wellington -- More than 80 bishops of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Pacific Nations were welcomed to Wellington, New Zealand during a powhiri at...

NZ priest’s bravery under fire ultimately cost him his life

by MICHAEL OTTO With the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign this year, it seems fitting this Anzac Day for this newspaper to look back at a “priest-hero” whose bravery under fire...