Monday, November 19, 2018

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Booties display sends strong pro-life message

Voice for Life’s Booties Project collected 15,638 pairs of baby booties and displayed 13,285 pairs in front of Parliament on July 25, but organisers said the real measure of success would...

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text and how are Catholics...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned...

Joy as two young priests ordained

During the ordination Mass of Fr Anthony Trenwith and Fr Tony King-Archer on August 4, Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared with them what he called a “lovely truth”.This was that even though the seminary part of...

Kids meet St Dominic in new book

by JEFF DILLON How can a book about a man who lived about 800 years ago be of interest to modern children? Quite easily if that man happens to have been St Dominic...

Number of NZ marriages declared null doubles

The number of marriages declared null by the New Zealand Tribunal of the Catholic Church more than doubled in 2017 as against the figure in 2015, which was largely before Pope Francis...

Call for Aubert beatification prayers

Sisters of Compassion Congregational Leader Sr Margaret Anne Mills has asked parishes to include a prayer during Masses for Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s beatification and canonisation. In a letter to parish promoters of Mother Aubert’s Cause, Sr...

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis...

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in...

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...

2000-plus at WYD Auckland despite rain

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged the youth in his diocese to answer the call to holiness, telling them there is no excuse not to become saints. Bishop Dunn addressed more than...

Laura opens new worlds for migrant kids

Nineteen-year-old former Marist College (Mt Albert) student Laura McLellan tried not to have too many expectations when she went to do missionary work in Ranong, one of Thailand’s southern provinces.But what she...

Cardinal shares homily tips at clergy assembly

Cardinal John Dew has shared with priests at a Mini Clergy Assembly in Wellington archdiocese something he learned years ago that has had a “huge influence” on how he tries to prepare and...

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...

Apostolic Nuncio to leave NZ for Uruguay posting

The Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, Archbishop Martin Krebs, has been appointed by Pope Francis to a similar position in Uruguay. In a June 27 statement, it was noted that he would leave...

Revisiting Humanae Vitae after 50 years

Fr Neil Vaney, SM, is chaplain to the Catholic Enquiry Centre. He wrote this article at NZ Catholic’s request. The 1960’s were a decade of rising expectations. The optimism and energy of...

Catholic principals in NCEA protest coalition

Principals from eleven Catholic secondary schools from throughout the country have joined a coalition protesting a review process for NCEA.On July 1, principals from 37 Auckland secondary schools and three past principals...

Mochaccino magic leads to ice cream success

The Baradene College students who won silver at the recent NZ Ice Cream Awards are planning to produce their lactose-free Mochaccino ice cream commercially, riding on the back of their success.Year 13...

Hospitality for refugees, migrants

Every year Caritas marks a Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants — established by New Zealand’s Catholic bishops — by creating liturgical resources and inviting schools and communities to join them...

South food icon helps kids go to Catholic schools

by Jeff Dillon They may not have quite the same national acknowledgement as southern Bluff oysters but another southern delight certainly gets toasted regularly down in the lower provinces of the South Island. In this...

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...

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...

CEC unveils ‘Catholic Discovery’ branding

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) has unveiled new “Catholic Discovery” branding, as it seeks increased engagement with different audiences, including those with and those without Christian Faith, those active in the Church and those who...

Catholic education convention had many highlights

Catholic educators, bishops, priests, school trustees and others have taken part in seminars, workshops, tours and exhibitions from June 12-15 at Wellington’s TSB Arena. With almost all Catholic schools represented at the Catholic Education Convention 2018,...

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...

Sacred Heart Cathedral closed due to earthquake damage

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon closed its doors on July 13,2018, in the interest of safety for parishioners and the public, following a structural engineer’s report confirming it presents...

Child forgoes birthday gifts for cathedral

Her birthday was fast approaching when nine-year old Marsy Irinco decided to ask her friends and family not to give her gifts but instead raise funds that would be...

Theology can’t be same after sex abuse crisis

Given the sexual abuse crisis in which the Church is embroiled, theologians need to rethink a faith-based response to sexual violence. Systematic theology lecturer at Good Shepherd College Dr Rocio...

Engaging with people on the problem of evil

It is not often that St Augustine and his wisdom are subjects of everyday conversation, but his thinking might be given more of an airing after US Christian apologist...

Migrant communities fear for kids in secular NZ

Catholic migrant communities in Auckland diocese have been telling their bishop about their fears for their children growing up in secular New Zealand. Bishop Patrick Dunn shared a couple...

Tertiary chaplaincy leaves Newman Hall for new base

The Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy team has left its home at historic Newman Hall on Waterloo Quadrant for a new base on Symonds St. Auckland Catholic diocese sold the...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...