Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Warkworth Jessica’s voyage of mercy

Jessica Palmer was ready for an adventure even before she finished her nursing degree. The young Aucklander, who was raised in Warkworth where she attended Holy Name parish with...

Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise,...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't hold back when praying to God -- tell him exactly what's wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis...

Few Kiwi kids know about Jesus, says survey

by ROWENA OREJANA More than one-third of New Zealand children have never read, heard or seen the story of Jesus’ birth. This alarming fact was revealed in Nielsen research called 2015...

How a drug addict came home to Jesus

Prayer is a tool that Catholics should always use — this was the message that was given by speakers at the Wellington Eucharistic Convention. Some 400 Catholics attended the Wellington...

NZ bishops quoted in new papal exhortation

A document from New Zealand’s Catholic bishops has been cited in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) released on April 9. In the...

Coast parish marks 150 years

by JIM COSTELLO About 150 years ago, a priest on his way to a posting in Greymouth died when the City of Dunedin sank in Cook Strait. Fr Michael Driscoll...

Bishop joins trade protest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan denounced the secret negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement as he marched with hundreds of protesters on March 7. The partnership...

Christianity stands or falls by Easter

An Easter message from Bishop Patrick Dunn, the publisher of NZ Catholic. The whole of Christianity stands or falls by the Easter mystery. St Paul is very clear: if...

Chaplains seek community support

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Auckland prison chaplain Mary Thorne is one of the lucky ones. She has strong community support from St Mary’s parish in Papakura. “There has always been...

Mercy sister’s missionary dream eventually came true

by Sr ENID LAGAN, RSM CHRISTCHURCH — Well here I am at age 86 having lived a full and happy life as a Sister of Mercy. Retirement in a rest home...

Warning about more elder abuse

A submission by the Catholic bioethics centre, The Nathaniel Centre, to a parliamentary select committee on the End of Life Choice Bill has warned that legalising euthanasia or assisted...

Making Jesus relevant in a secular society

Making Jesus relevant to the lives of young people given the complexity of New Zealand secular society is the main challenge of religious educators today, said National Centre for...

Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts...

Building walls to keep immigrants out is not Christian, pope says

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO (CNS) -- As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls...

Three Wanganui parishes unite

by SUE SECONI One thousand Catholics gathered around the altar to celebrate Mass in Wanganui’s massive War Memorial Hall, heralding the reunification of the three parishes in the city. Leadership chairman...

Social justice focus at WYD

by ROWENA OREJANA “Open your eyes and look around!” With that, Bishop Patrick Dunn exhorted more than 1000 young people from Auckland and Hamilton at a World Youth Day celebration to live...

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,” said Julianne Hickey, director...

Prayer a pillar of pro-life campaign

by PETER GRACE A New Zealand abortionist saved a baby’s life when the abortion minded pregnant woman was unable to pay, pro-life people at an Auckland Mass heard on February...

Family celebrate success by degrees

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — This year is doubly special for Arthur and Maretta Solomon of Mangere. Not only is it 50 years since the young Arthur and Maretta arrived...

Auckland’s only inner city emergency housing hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

Journey takes Jeanne to Sisters of Life

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Travelling was Jeanne Ng’s passion until she found something more worthwhile to pursue. She will be travelling to New York on September 3 to be the...

Family traces footsteps of martyred uncle

by VERNE TURNER & VERNON DOUGLAS Fr Vernon Douglas was a much loved member of the Douglas family from Johnsonville in Wellington. Vernon’s faith was deeply felt, leading him to commit his...

Auckland parishioner shows care for Burmese children

by PETER GRACE ADELAIDE — New Zealand-born Dominican priest Fr Alex Vickers is doing his best to live what he believes — that if a bad situation seems too big,...

Poignant first NZ Mass commemoration

by PAT LYTHE The annual Mass commemorating Bishop Pompallier’s first Mass here in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1838 was celebrated on Sunday, January 14, at Totara Point in the Hokianga. In...

Primary school pupils train with the Blues

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Keen 10-year-old rugby players from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Howick tackled a training session with Blues players Sean...

New priest likes multicultural New Zealand

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Auckland diocese’s newest priest Fr Alfredo Garcia likes the multicultural character of his adopted home, New Zealand. “It is like serving the whole world in a...

Auckland diocesan priests get together

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Auckland’s diocesan priests undoubtedly enjoy the company of their religious confreres, but they still enjoyed getting together on their own from July 9 to 11. Fifty-six...

Nativity scenes amalgamate Scripture stories

by ROWENA OREJANA Christmas decorations brighten most homes during the holidays. For Catholics, the one that embodies the spirit of the season and their faith is the Nativity scene. The...

41 enjoy Wellington camp

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Youth For Christ in Wellington recently concluded its “discovery camp” that allowed 41 young members to discover their talents and how they can use these to...

Massey honours NZ’s Anglican rep in Rome

by MICHAEL OTTO The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative in Rome has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature by Massey University. Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon travelled from Rome to...

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Progress slow on ‘Olive Leaf’ centre

by Peter Owens Further documentation has been filed with the Queenstown District Council in connection with a proposed “Olive Leaf” centre next to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic church in...