Saturday, April 20, 2019

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Act now to oppose Act Party leader’s euthanasia push, bishop urges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has encouraged his flock to voice their opposition to Act Party leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. In a pastoral letter dated July...

Don’t be afraid to love God, youth told at Set Free

Echoing the call made by St John Paul II, American speaker Timothy Glemkowski called on young Catholic Kiwis not to be afraid to give themselves completely to God. Mr Glemkowski,...

NZ milestone for ancient order

by PETER GRACE An ancient Church order established in New Zealand for more than 100 years achieved a local milestone this year. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem...

Akld and Chch Easter trading decisions praised

The decision by the Auckland Council not to extend Easter Sunday trading has been praised by Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission. On August 24, councillors voted 20-1 to retain...

Low decile, supreme award

The school that has won the Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award attributes its success to the Catholic character and Mercy values that are intrinsic to everything the school does.  Rachel Williams, the acting principal of...

Neil rings the bell on 50 varied years in education

by PETER GRACE A teacher, manager and leader who worked for 25 years in the state school sector retires at the end of the year after 25 years in Catholic...

Newly-ordained Jesuit felt call early on

Newly-ordained Jesuit priest Fr Robert Morris said his parents, Ann and Russ, were the biggest influences on his faith. Fr Morris was ordained by Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM,...

New General Manager for Auckland diocese

The new general manager of Auckland Catholic diocese is Mariette van Ryn, who has 30 years experience in management, governance, law and banking. She is believed to be the...

Colour,joy and reverence at Mass in Tonga

by JUDITH DOYLE Going to church in Tonga is reverential, sociable, colourful and, musically, a delight. With my son and two grandchildren, I attended St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Pangai...

Tears often are only correct response to suffering, pope tells youths

By Cindy Wooden MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- The realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope...

With help, Revelation ‘a life-changing book’

by ROWENA OREJANA One can find the Eucharist in the Book of Revelation if one looks hard enough. The inaugural winner of New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher, Robert Loretz, talked about...

Legion of Mary learns lessons from Samoa

New Zealand’s Legion of Mary leadership have brought home “lessons” fromSamoa which they could make use of in re-invigorating the organisation here.  Legion of Mary Senatus of New Zealand  president Mark...

Spread message of divine mercy, Krakow cardinal tells WYD pilgrims, including...

By Jonathan Luxmoore KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- St. John Paul II's former secretary urged young Catholics to share their faith, experiences and hopes and spread a "message of divine mercy"...

‘Hearts’ deals with hot topics

Hearts Aflame 2019 started on January 4 in a spirit of expectation with a weekend retreat themed as “Called”, led by Hearts Aflame “old-boy” Fr Jeremy Palman from Auckland. This...

The ordinary that made a man extraordinary

by CAROLYN MOYNIHAN AUCKLAND — Towards the end of September, several small groups of Kiwis will be making their way to Madrid for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo,...

St Pat’s kauri doors to be restored

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on a $67,000 project to restore its 100-year-old kauri doors to their former glory. Dubbed the “doors of faith” by cathedral...

Zealandia penfriends for over 70 years

by ROWENA OREJANA Meticulously penned letters on yellowing papers and envelopes, some frayed at the edges, mark 71 years of friendship that have spanned the globe. When, in 1943, 8-year-old Patricia Harrop...

World prayer for abuse survivors coming

“Listen to the survivors.” This is the first important step the Catholic Church has to take when dealing with survivors of clerical abuse, said Fr Hans Zollner, SJ, president of the Centre for Child...

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...

Measures flowing from protection of minors summit are imminent says moderator

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is...

Seismic risk sees Wellington cathedral closed

Cardinal John Dew has affirmed Wellington archdiocese’s commitment to strengthening the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart as the cathedral community takes steps to find its “new normal”. The cathedral was closed on...

Chch parishioners knew people at mosque

“You could sense the atmosphere at our Masses today was very different.” That is what Sancta Maria (Addington Beckenham) parish priest Fr Peter Head, SM, told NZ Catholic two days after the terror...

Science no enemy of faith, says academic

An Auckland Computer Science academic says he is at a loss to understand what many see as the modern dichotomy between science and religion. Dr Robert Sheehan, from the University of Auckland’s Department...

From Bethlehem to Holy Cross Seminary

Leaving Bethlehem University was bitter-sweet for De La Salle Brother Mark McKeon. “It was one of the biggest blessings of my life . . . a wonderful opportunity to be...

National priests’ assembly returns to South

Christchurch is to be the venue for the fourth national assembly of diocesan priests later this year. These assemblies, an initiative of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, happen every...

Doug back in PNG under special ‘condition’

Deported Kiwi lay missionary Doug Tennent has finally returned to Papua New Guinea but was allowed back with a “condition”. “I’m back in the country and being very aware that...

Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland

When Hamilton Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne moved back to Auckland, there was probably no one happier than Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn. “I’ve been in conversation with Bishop Pat,” Bishop Browne...

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...

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

With the general election on September 20 approaching fast, NZ Catholic has summarised the policies of the main parties according to the headings outlined in the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ statement...

Foul play in end-of-life debate

The director of The Nathaniel Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman, is surprised and appalled at the disingenuous tactics being employed by assisted suicide supporters. Recently, Matt Vickers and Act...

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Akld Rosary Procession to finish after 20 years

Organisers of Auckland’s annual Candlelight Rosary Procession at Sacred Heart College on the first Sunday of October have decided not to carry on with the event. Co-organiser Colin Pratt said that it was...