Friday, October 18, 2019

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Obedience is response to God’s love, not a condition for it,...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Obedience to God's commandments must be the response to his limitless love, but it is not a condition for his love and for...

Kiwi who met Pope at WYD 2008 reflects

How time does fly! Last month marked 10 years since World Youth Day 2008 with Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney, an event attended by some 4000 young Kiwi pilgrims and by hundreds...

New first-year seminarians at Holy Cross

“Pray for us and pray for more priests,” requested the two first-year seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby, Auckland. Matthew White and...

Graduates urged to be modern missionaries

The early missionaries to Oceania might have found the going tough at times, but being a modern missionary in our own society has its own set of very real challenges. Barrister and...

St Bede’s launches campaign for new chapel

A campaign has been launched to raise $1.5 million towards the construction of a new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. The “A little from a lot” campaign was...

Revitalising parishes Monday to Saturday

One of the big challenges for the Church in Christchurch diocese, and likely elsewhere in New Zealand too, is to revitalise the life of parishes from...

Pat retires and reflects on Church changes

Only someone who has served the Church at grass roots level for more thana quarter of a century can lovingly refer to it as a “weird organisation”. Looking back on her role...

Catholic journos told to tell ‘earth’ truths

Australasian Catholic writers were challenged to “call it as it is” when it comes to the environment and not to run away from the reality of the calamity the...

Catholic youth festival in December

International contemporary Christian musician Matt Maher will perform at this year’s Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival in Auckland. The festival will take place in St Mary’s College in Auckland during the...

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...

Our Lady offers heavenly help on busy highway

by ROWENA OREJANA Motorists off to the Hokianga for the summer will see the restored statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, known in the community as Our Lady of the...

Walker writes a book on NZ’s golden era of running

by PETER GRACE Despite his name, Blockhouse Bay parishioner Vern Walker was for some years one of New Zealand’s best runners. The contemporary of Peter Snell, Barry Magee, Bill Baillie,...

NZ Mary apparitions marked on map

by MICHAEL OTTO Two apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary that were claimed to have happened in New Zealand have been depicted in a recent National Geographic feature article. The...

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 —...

NZ Christian unity starts along a new path

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A new path of the ecumenical journey was initiated in Wellington on February 25 with the launching of the National Dialogue for Christian Unity. New Zealand...

Fiso had big impact despite his short life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — In November 2012, Fiso Tanuvasa, a former prefect at Marcellin College in Auckland, was a 22-year-old man enjoying life. He was the manager of a Barkers...

Marriage educators meet in Chch

by WAYNE McTAGUE Christchurch diocese hosted the biennial Marriage Educators Training Weekend at the Chateau on the Park on May 18-20. The venue opposite Hagley Park superbly complemented the keynote speakers, format, personal testimonies and...

Silent Night trending at Tauranga Hospital

At Tauranga Hospital, the song Silent Night is the most requested Christmas carol from hospital chaplains walking around the wards singing and spreading cheer. The hospital is one of the...

Massey professor says shift church resources to north

There is a strong case for the New Zealand Catholic Church to shift its personnel and resources to the north and adopt a “survival strategy” in the south, a...

Arriving in Kenya, pope says tolerance, respect are keys to peace

By Cindy Wooden NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- With security concerns looming over his visit, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya Nov. 25 urging tolerance and respect among people of different religions...

Destiny Church challenge for Catholics

Many questions and challenges are being raised as a result of parish small group discussions in Hamilton diocese’s “With Hearts Burning” programme, reflecting on the Emmaus story for our...

Catholic religious elect new leadership team

ADELAIDE — About 140 leaders of religious institutes and lay partners gathered in Adelaide from 26-29 June for the 36th national assembly of Catholic Religious Australia. For the first time,...

It’s a long way to go to voluntarily work

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Four hundred and eighty kilometres is a long way to travel for a working bee, but some parishioners from St Mary’s, Northcote, did it twice...

Fr Francis Vernon Douglas last seen 75 years ago

by PATRICIA BROOKS Seventy five years ago this July a New Zealand-born priest disappeared in the Philippines. His parishioners did not know where he had gone. He just disappeared. It was a difficult...

‘Saintly’ mural donated to faith-filled refuge

by BILL MOORE AUCKLAND — A stunning, handpainted mural, created by the Studio of John the Baptist to mark the canonisation of St John Paul II and St John XXIII, has...

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....

Kiwi pilgrims give Iraqi refugees a hand

by PATRICIA BROOKS Bags of gifts and more than $NZ1000 were presented to a group of Iraqi refugees by Holy Land pilgrims from New Zealand when they visited a Melkite...

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...

Integrated schools have say on reform report

The Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS) has strongly opposed many of the recommendations that came out of a review of this country’s state and state-integrated...

Abortion survivor a ‘contradiction’

by ROWENA OREJANA When American Claire Culwell calls on people to stand up against abortion, it is because she had a very personal experience of abortion. She survived one. Ms Culwell...