Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Outdoor Passion play seen as powerful

by MICHAEL OTTO Rain may have wet a few heads and seats but it didn’t dampen the occasion at the performance of a passion play in the stunning setting of Villa...

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...

‘Translation wars’ running out of steam?

More than a year after Pope Francis issued his Motu Propio on liturgical translations, Magnum Principium, the fight over the “translation wars” seemed to have lost steam as bishops’...

Caritas Challenge round up

Youth across the dioceses take up the Caritas Challenge to show solidarity with poor. Cardinal supports youth living rough Wellington by NZ CATHOLIC staff The Johnsonville youth group Challenge 2000 endured the hardships...

Cathedral presbytery said to be beyond salvation

The 103-year-old cathedral presbytery in Hamilton is to be demolished, probably to be replaced by a new presbytery and diocesan pastoral centre.The planned demolition has earned the ire of...

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...

Warrior for his country now warrior for God

Deacon Gary Stone spent decades being a warrior for his country, Australia, and is now a warrior for God.  That’s how he was introduced at the Max18NZ  event for men titled...

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....

Bill flawed and can’t be fixed

by JOHN KLEINSMAN The long-awaited Justice Select Committee report on ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was finally presented...

Mass for Life starts prayer wave

The celebration of a Mass for Life in Auckland on February 13 was the start of a great wave of prayer for life that will resound around the world. That...

Faithful encouraged to make submissions

by ROWENA OREJANA Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has strongly urged the faithful to consider making a submission to the Health Select Committee, opposing the legalisation of euthanasia. “It is important...

‘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...

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,...

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...

Maronite bishop meets NZ community

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Maronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay has encouraged the Maronites in New Zealand to keep the faith and traditions of the Eastern Churches alive in their families...

Seminar explores significance of ‘believing’ Thomas

Biblical, traditional and spiritual perspectives on St Thomas the Apostle — the so-called “doubting Thomas” — were the focuses of an Ecumenical Day in Auckland last month. The day, organised in cooperation between...

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,” said Julianne Hickey, director...

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...

Mary comes back to her Tuakau grotto

by PHIL McLAUGHLIN Sunday, November 18, at Tuakau saw a large gathering of Marist Brothers, former brothers and old boys assemble at the Tuakau Hotel for a reunion luncheon on...

Romance, fashion and history for a cause

It was the perfect melding of romance, fashion and history for a social cause. When the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Dunedin pastoral area food bank was running low...

The cosmic love of the Eucharist

by Jim Consedine “I see a picture of our blue planet with a large bread and a chalice of wine poised above it, and the risen Christ offering himself as...

Concern from parishioner helps stop human trafficker

A concern brought to authorities by a parishioner helped bring down the first person to be convicted of human trafficking in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand people smuggling and trafficking...

Parish support eases anguish

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — The forcing of the Yaziki people from their villages by Sunni militants in Northern Iraq has become more real for the congregation of St Anne’s Wanganui. Parishioner...

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...

Samoan centre celebrates

by RITA O’CALLAGHAN The home of Samoan Catholics in Auckland, Malaeola Centre, celebrated 20 years of community life last month. Samoan Catholics in Auckland diocese consist of 25 Samoan communities. In 1952...

Ugandan priest takes two-year break in NZ

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A change is as good as a rest for Ugandan priest Fr John Vianney Makanda, in St Mary’s parish, Papakura. Fr Makanda told NZ Catholic that...

Catholic buildings get heritage status

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — The historic importance of two Auckland Catholic landmarks has been recognised. The NZ Historic Places Trust recently registered Bishop’s House in Ponsonby, and St Benedict’s...

Iraq’s Christian refugees face double discrimination

by PAT McCARTHY Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians, who once made up one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East, are facing double discrimination as displaced persons...

Southern Polish community celebrate

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — The southern most Polish-built church, formerly at Allanton south of Dunedin but now at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula, was the focus of a...

Universality a great gift, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Part of the joy of being Roman Catholic is belonging to the Universal Church, according to Catholic revivalist Fr Tony Ricard. Fr Ricard was one of...