Sunday, September 23, 2018

Featured Catholic News

American man ordained for P. North

by JIM VERCOE AUSTING and PETER GRACE On July 4, Independence Day in the United States, American Bryan Buenger was ordained to the priesthood in Palmerston North. Fr Buenger, who had...

New cardinal thought parish work was his future

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand’s new cardinal recalls that, when he was a boy, bishops and cardinals seemed to be very important, but somewhat remote. But Cardinal-designate John Dew of Wellington...

Painting of a younger Suzanne Aubert unveiled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — A painting of a youthful Suzanne Aubert was unveiled last month at a gathering of 80 Oceania bishops at the Home of Compassion in...

Jesus was in favour of the law, scholar argues

by MICHAEL OTTO Speaking at the launch of Canon Law In Action by Msgr Brendan Daly, historian and Scripture scholar Fr Justin Taylor, SM, argued against the notion that Jesus...

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...

Holy Land collection has twofold purpose

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Good Friday collections in New Zealand will, once again, be used this year for their twofold Holy Land purpose. The New Zealand commissary of the Holy...

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...

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...

Soul healing fixes long-term depression

The woman tried everything. For 50 years, she battled depression and used every medical cure available, including shock therapy, to no avail. She eventually sought help from Christchurch-based prayer counsellors and was set free from...

International visitor explores Jewish-Christian dialogue

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Sometimes when Dr Deborah Weissman teaches Christian students from Third World nations who are visiting Jerusalem, they ask if the Jewish religion still practises animal...

Tortured Iraqi priest grieves for his flock

Newly-arrived Chaldean Catholic priest Fr Douglas Al-Bazi still feels a little guilty for leaving Iraq for New Zealand. There is so much work to do in his parish church, Mar-Elia, in Erbil,...

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...

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...

Mary provided comfort to dying and bereaved for 17 years

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Accompanying dying patients and their families, comforting people after a loved one has died, conducting funerals and memorial services, praying with and for patients and...

Men’s fellowship celebrates 30 years

by Mike Baird Driving into Willow Park Christian Camp at Eastern Beach in early October brought back a flood of memories. My first Joshua Men’s Retreat was held here in...

An invitation to young people to take part in meeting in...

300 young people from across the world will gather in Rome for a six day Pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation for the October Synod of Bishops on Young people starting...

Melbourne Mint CEO promised to defend the faith

Among Melbourne Mint chief executive officer Peter August’s seven commitments to God was to study and learn more about his faith so he can put forth a good defence...

Violence against ethnic women — Shakti has helped for two decades

by ROWENA OREJANA A group helping ethnic migrant women in situations of domestic abuse is calling on religious leaders to help give women the choice of getting out of violent...

Seminarians make hikoi to Hamilton diocese

Seminarians from New Zealand’s national diocesan seminary went on a hikoi to Hamilton diocese to experience the New Zealand Church “in a more intimate way”.  Holy Cross Seminary formation director Fr Michael Gielen...

Challenge issued for NZ priests to be with people more

As priests, who do we really know and love, how many of our people do we know and call by name and whose homes or flats did we visit...

Poignant first NZ Mass commemoration

by PAT LYTHE The annual Mass commemorating Bishop Pompallier’s first Mass here in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1838 was celebrated on Sunday, January 14, at Totara Point in the Hokianga. In...

Kiwis helping save kids from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

Healing for those left behind after suicide of a loved one

“I couldn’t believe my emotional reaction to what I had heard at one Friday midday Mass in late June 2017, with regard to the reference made between sin and...

Francis’ five years of remarkable papacy

NZ Catholic invited Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to contribute an article reflecting upon the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Cardinal Dew’s article is below. The fifth...

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...

PM impressed by today’s young people

Prime Minister Bill English faced questions on child poverty and ever increasing rents during a visit to De La Salle College in Mangere East on May 4. These topics were...

Vibrant message of love at Lifefest

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — You have got to pray, rapped out the rapping priest Fr Stan Fortuna, CFR, to young people at the Lifefest festival at Takapuna on September...

Lay evangelist issues a missionary call

Filipino Catholic lay evangelist Bo Sanchez has a message for Kiwis: “God has a plan for their lives. The blessings are available if we just open our eyes.”Mr Sanchez...

Walking for Jesus on the Camino

by VICTORIA NING Earlier this year I set foot upon a well-worn path in the south of France, and set out upon the journey known as the Camino de Santiago,...

Faith still shone on Death Railway

by CAMPBELL THOMSON A tarnished but still beautiful gilt crucifix recovered just over a year ago from a domestic garage in Dumfries, Scotland, is a poignant reminder of links that...

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Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...