Monday, February 26, 2018

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Lebanon minister traces NZ family link

St Patrick’s Cathedral was the first stop in Lebanon Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s retracing of his grandfather’s life in New Zealand more than a 100 years ago. Mr Bassil’s grandparents,...

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...

Moving and Joyful Celebration for New Bishop of Hamilton

by Simone Olsen In a moving and joyful celebration of the Mass, Bishop Stephen Lowe was consecrated and formally installed as the third Roman Catholic Bishop of Hamilton, on Friday....

Irish Prime Minister on abuse

DUBLIN (CNS) Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has accused the Vatican of adopting a "calculated, withering position" on abuse in the wake of a judicial report that accused the...

Little church and parish on the move

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Mairehau parish is again on the move. The small church at St Francis of Assisi parish has been relocated near the road where the large Our Lady...

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...

Akld priests’ retirement home extension officially opened

The $3.6 million extension of St John Vianney House in Ponsonby was formally opened and blessed on August 5, a day after the memorial day of its patron saint. The...

Bishop Browne’s long service honoured

by JOHN FONG Twenty years of episcopal ministry of Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne in Hamilton diocese was celebrated in a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin...

Palestine — the holy or unholy land?

by PETER MURPHY What are the social and political realities of the land of the Bible today? It was my good fortune to have been in Israel for three months recently...

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...

Akld bishop prays at Liston grave

For the first time, Auckland diocese’s Mass for deceased priests and their celebration of clergy jubilees was combined into one event on November 9. Bishop Patrick Dunn and Bishops Denis Browne and Owen Dolan celebrated Mass with Auckland’s priests at...

How St Teresa helped polio victim fly

Gautam Lewis is a survivor — thanks in large part to a saint. St Teresa of Kolkata gave him a second chance at life, after he was stricken with polio...

Six hundred walk the capital for life

Six hundred people from all over New Zealand joyfully walked the streets of Wellington on December 9, marching in defence of human life from conception. The National March for Life,...

Dominican Master General makes a fleeting visit

The Master of the Order of the Preachers, Fr Bruno Cadoré, has asked the Dominican family in New Zealand not to forget their charism. In his first visit to the...

Teresas an example of friendship with God

by ROWENA OREJANA Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has called on the faithful to listen for the “call within a call” to put God at the centre of their lives. The bishop made...

Church fights ‘witch‘ killings in PNG

by RAY CAVANAUGH Some may find it hard to believe that witch-hunting would occur in the 21st century. But it’s wreaking havoc still in some parts of the world. In Papua...

‘Make your hearts firm’- Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Vatican City (VIS) — The following is the full text of the Holy Father’s message for Lent 2015, entitled “Make your hearts firm”. The document was signed in the Vatican...

Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where...

Spirit flows at Wellington’s sixth synod

by MARTIN de JONG On the weekend of 15-17 September 2017, the Archdiocese of Wellington held its sixth synod, which was the second under Cardinal John Dew as Archbishop. There was...

Tour spreads good vibes across Dunedin diocese

A priest with a guitar and songs criss-crossed Dunedin diocese over 10 days from the end of April to early May. According to the diocese’s website, Fr Chris Skinner, SM,completed a tour around the diocese...

NZCBC youth council chair appointed

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has appointed Dave Mullin as chair of the newly established NZCBC Council for Young People. The council is tasked with working with the Church...

Valuable networking takes place at Lay Witness Congress

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — About a dozen Catholic lay organisations came together on May 19 to learn more about the work they all do. The day, held at the St...

Blood of St Januarius liquefies in front of Pope Francis

by NZ Catholic staff The blood of St. Januarius, the patron saint of Naples, liquefied after Pope Francis kissed the relic and said the blessings associated with the saint while...

Korean man barred from his church community

by CHRISTINE GOUNDER CHRISTCHURCH — A 48-year-old South Korean man remains banned from his church because of allegations he is a North Korean spy. Eugene Chang was accused of spying for...

Mass at cemetery for All Souls Day

by NZ CATHOLIC staff UPPER HUTT — On All Souls Day, November 2, a Mass was celebrated in the Akatarawa Cemetery, continuing a 10-year tradition at St Joseph’s Parish, Upper...

Miraculous medal led satanist Zachary to God

by ROWENA OREJANA Magic lured Zachary King at a young age into a satanic coven, and he spent the next 26 years pushing Satan’s agenda. “Satan attacks you at any...

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...

Patronal feast transferred

by PETER GRACE The patronal feast of Catholics in New Zealand will be transferred to Sunday this year and in 2016. The Feast of the Assumption falls on August 15....

Bishop-elect Lowe gets a diocese

When he left the Holy Cross Seminary at the end of his term as formation director, all Bishop-elect Stephen Lowe wanted was to go back to a parish. Instead, he...

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...