Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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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...

Edith Stein’s unlikely path to Catholicism

by MARIE ROSS When we think of saints, we may conjure up an image of other-worldly types, somewhat divorced from reality and prone to mystical experiences alien to lesser mortals. The...

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday -- celebrated March 1 this year -- leaves a mark. That's because not only are Catholics marked with...

Catholics put case to MPs on euthanasia bill

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has called ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill “deeply cynical” saying the title tricks people into thinking that euthanasia or assisted suicide is something good.“End of...

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...

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...

Young Wgtn thrower aiming high

by DAVE CRAMPTON Lower Hutt athlete Nathaniel Sulupo may have started throwing shot put and discus seriously only about 18 months ago, but he is already on his way to his first world championships in...

Sensitive ministry requires personal approach

Pope Francis is giving us an urgent call to look at the issue of homosexuality more deeply by understanding the person first and foremost. Courage International associate director Fr Philip Bochanski made this...

‘Our Father’ translation not on ICEL agenda yet

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn said the International Commission on English in the Liturgy is not currently considering changing the line in “Our Father” which Pope Francis considered to be...

Tauranga Rosary pray-ers are long stayers

by MICHAEL OTTO TAURANGA — In the 50 years since 1963, there have been many changes in Church and the world, but one thing has stayed constant — the Greerton...

Little Sisters celebrate twice over

by PETER GRACE New Zealand Bishop John Patrick Kavanagh succeeded in an important quest in France in 1952 because he was well prepared. At an anniversary Mass for the Little Sisters...

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...

Cardinal Pell, professing innocence, will face charges in Australia

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Proclaiming his innocence after being charged with sexual abuse, Australian Cardinal George Pell said, "I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court." "I'm innocent...

Priests’ retirement house to expand

by ROWENA OREJANA Tucked in the heart of Ponsonby is St John Vianney House, home to 10 retired priests. The latest resident, Msgr Brian Arahill, said 58 years ago, when he...

New professional standards director appointed

The National Professional Standards Committee (NPSC) has appointed former Christchurch lawyer and mother of two Virginia Noonan as director of the National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS). Ms Noonan, most...

Printing error delays NZ’s new translation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The new translation of the Roman Missal will not be introduced in New Zealand on the first Sunday of Advent — November 27 —...

Wanaka pupils create seasonal saga

by MICHAEL OTTO WANAKA — Ten students at Holy Family School, Wanaka, have been writing and drawing to highlight the meaning of Christmas. The fruit of their work is a full...

Eastern Catholics want a migrant quota

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND – The Eastern Catholic Churches in New Zealand are asking the government to reinstate an immigration quota specifically for Iraqi Christians who are being persecuted and...

Priests told they serve even in infirmity

by ROWENA OREJANA Priests are called to serve the Lord even during times of infirmity and seeming helplessness. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared this reflection during his homily at the...

Hamilton city parish re-ordering on cards

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton has proposed changing the number of parishes in Hamilton city from six to four. Bishop Lowe spelled out the need to make changes, the reasons...

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...

New law prioritises earthquake strengthening

New legislation will mean that Catholic dioceses in New Zealand will have different timeframes for assessment and strengthening of any earthquake-prone buildings.  The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act passed by Parliament in mid-May divides the country into...

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...

Jesus’ disciples are called to lead without lecturing, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As disciples, Christians are called to imitate Jesus' heart and lead others directly to him, without lecturing them, Pope Francis said. Thousands gathered...

Parish group protests sale of land

In the depths of winter, some 50 protesters formed a human chain around a block of land in Trentham, Upper Hutt, which Housing New Zealand wants to sell. The St Joseph’s (Upper Hutt)...

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...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from...

10,000 celebrate Sinulog in Faith event

by CHERRY C. THELMO-FERNANDEZ AUCKLAND — Nearly 10,000 people took part in a Catholic event, Sinulog 2012, at the North Shore Events Centre last month. In 1521, Queen Juana (formerly Hara...

Two Hamilton men ordained to priesthood

by PETER GRACE A former accountant and general manager of Dunedin diocese was ordained to the priesthood in Morrinsville on October 10. Stuart Young grew up as a Presbyterian and attended...

A personal quest in Geneva’s churches

by MICHAEL OTTO People visit Geneva in Switzerland for many reasons. They might be international visitors on a diplomatic mission to the United Nations Office in the Palais des Nations....

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Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation, made by parish priest Fr...