Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Featured Catholic News

Spiritual journey begins for 21 pupils

by SUE SECONI As a Catholic school community, St Mary’s Primary School in Wanganui extended an invitation to its own pupils to begin their spiritual journey — with amazing results. “With principal...

Trekking for a higher purpose

by JENNY MCPHEE Wild turkey alerts, fallen trees, bull challenges and the distinct possibility of getting lost are all encountered by riders who follow high country tracks on our Christian...

Setting a record for sacred #selfies

by Catholic News Service Past popes have set a variety of records, but Pope Francis seems sure to be setting the record for papal selfies. Even aboard the papal flight to...

Cardinal Dew appointed to Rome worship congregation

The New Zealand Catholic bishops welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to appoint Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW).The bishops were informed of...

Moving school to school often hurts children

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Children often changing schools is an ongoing issue in south Auckland, but local Catholic schools in the area seem to have more stable enrolments. As long...

Refugee quota arguments frustrate MP

New Zealand can easily take its refugee quota up to 1500 a year, Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway told a sympathetic audience at a World Refugee Day event in Palmerston North on June...

SVDP looks forward to celebrating 150 years in NZ

Vincentians from around the world and throughout New Zealand will gather in Christchurch for a weekend of anniversary celebrations in October. This year the Society of St Vincent de Paul...

Hamilton bishop at first NZ Mass commemoration

by WIGA AUTET “Bishop Pompallier had a greatest gift to give, a gift of Jesus.” With these words Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton greeted the faithful at Totara Point in the Hokianga on Epiphany Sunday, January 8. “Today is...

A Kiwi mercy missionary on wheels

NEWCASTLE, Australia (CNS) — After opening holy doors in Rome to begin the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has now pushed those passageways even wider by sending forth hundreds of "missionaries of...

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...

Uncertainty led new priest to Hamilton

by PETER GRACE One of Hamilton diocese’s two newest priests, Fr Joseph George, was ordained to the presbyterate on October 10 in Hamilton. He was ordained alongside his colleague Fr Stuart Young...

Sister Cristina will face the final judgment… on The Voice

by Carol Glatz ROME (CNS) — Regardless of all the jokes that voting for anyone other than #SuorCristina would incur excommunication, it seemed to be a given that Ursuline Sister...

Caritas Challenge: Learning curve for youngsters

Invercargill by JEFF DILLON Cardboard, scissors, tape. No it is not a new game, but it was quite a learning curve for four girls and nine boys from years 5 and...

A word from the publisher

The 500th issue of NZ Catholic is an opportunity for me to thank all who have supported our newspaper from its inception – our staff, contributors, advertisers,promotors and above...

Long-lost Holley Shield proudly reinstated

The Holley Shield, rediscovered and restored, has resumed its high place in the rugby history of St Patrick’s College, Wellington, St Bede’s, Christchurch, and St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. 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...

Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

By Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social...

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the...

The spirit of Aubert lives on in Jerusalem

by JUDITH DOYLE A slim spire across the river surrounded by bush and a sparse scatter of buildings. This is our first glimpse of Jerusalem (Hiruharama) on the Whanganui River...

Divine Mercy Congress strengthens faith

by PAT BARRETT BOGOTA, Colombia — From August 15 to 19, I attended the Third World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WA- COM), held in Bogota, Colombia, with four young women...

DC’s jacket helps the sick

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A Dan Carter jacket is helping the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at Auckland City Hospital. Fr Christopher Brady, the priest chaplain at the hospital, said he got the...

Priest climbs peaks with young people

by ANGELA PYKE CHRISTCHURCH — As parish priest of St Teresa’s in Riccarton, school chaplain for St Teresa’s School, and local superior of the Community of St John, French priest...

First Filipino candidate aims high

The opportunity for practical application of faith is what tipped the scales for Romy Udanga in his decision to seek a parliamentary seat.  Mr Udanga is the first parliamentary candidate supported by a major...

Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing Foundation. The research showed benefits that...

College students learn about horses

by PETER OWENS OAMARU — All schools offer subjects to suit the various talents of different students. If that is a “horses for courses” approach, St Kevin’s College also offers...

Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send pope birthday greetings

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even though Pope Francis was planning a "normal" workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails. Turning...

Bishops hear young people are not worthless, failures

No generation of young people since World War II has been as exposed to testing and attack as today’s young people. That was what homilist Fr Brian Prendeville, SM, told...

Gov-gen invites Pope Francis for a visit to NZ

by NZ Catholic staff VATICAN --New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has invited Pope Francis to visit the country during an audience with the Holy Father yesterday. In his Facebook...

Pro-life workers help mistreated Ugandan women

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Silent no more is a project initiated by Human Life International Uganda (HLI-U) under Natural Family Planning department. This project aims to expose the dangerous side...

NZ woman makes her first vows

A woman from Auckland diocese professed her first vows as a Sister of Life in the United States this month. Jeanne Mei Mei Ng, 37, professed her first vows as...

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Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At...