Thursday, July 18, 2019

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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...

Christchurch pastors on a wing and a prayer

by JENNY McPHEE In a mind-wandering moment, it is easy to believe there is a link between God and flying. The apostles left everything behind “to follow him”. Or maybe flying through the...

Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ

Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby is now the proud owner of an icon of the Transfiguration written by an artist of international renown.The icon, written by Michael Galovic, now...

Blenheim young people help poor village

by NZ CATHOLIC staff BLENHEIM — A village in Kenya now has its own well, thanks to fundraising by a Blenheim youth group. St Mary’s youth group in Blenheim has...

A statement from NZCBC President Bishop Patrick Dunn

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome the letter (released August 20, 2018) to the People of God from Pope Francis asking forgiveness for the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults perpetrated...

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...

Fr Murphy encourages silence at Mass

Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is encouraging priests in Auckland diocese to practise three minutes of silence after Communion.  Fr Murphy, the diocese’s director for contemplative prayer, said a moment of quiet in...

Building walls to keep immigrants out is not Christian, pope says

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO (CNS) -- As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls...

Carmelites share embroidery treasures

An amazing collection of exquisitely embroidered priestly vestments, lecturn banners as well as altar cloths has been on display at the Carmelite Monastery in  Christchurch.  The exhibition called Embroidery Treasures from Hidden Monastic...

Staff challenged to plan for diocesan growth

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has urged the faithful to reflect on what place Jesus is given in the Church’s efforts at evangelisation, as he challenged his staff to plan for growth...

New Vietnamese deacons ordained

by KATHLEEN CASEY It was a glorious ceremony as three young Vietnamese men were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Barry Jones on June 27 at St Mary’s pro-cathedral. Concelebrants included...

Blokes hear from bishop over burgers

by MICHAEL OTTO Jesus needs blokes. That was the message Bishop Stephen Lowe stressed time and again at a men’s breakfast in Hamilton on August 29. More than 120 Catholic men filled...

Lay Dominicans hold second national gathering

by DOROTHY COUP Who are the lay Dominicans? And what attracted 40 of them, from Panguru to Invercargill and places in between, to attend the second national gathering of Dominican Laity...

Politicians challenged over youth work

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Representatives from six political parties were challenged to respond to two young women’s testimonies about unemployment at a social justice forum in Auckland on August...

Passionist group leaders bring youth closer to God

by ROWENA OREJANA Three Palmerston North youth workers were recognised for their outstanding service in evangelising to young people through the Passionist retreats that they have held every year for the...

Theologian likes Pope Francis’s style

by PETER GRACE OKOROIRE — A priest, author and scholar who tried to get Nicole Kidman to join him in Rome was the main presenter at the annual Hamilton priests’ gathering...

Abortion a justice and health issue

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference president has reiterated that abortion is both a health and a justice issue as the push for abortion law reform takes another step.  Bishop Patrick Dunn made an initial reaction...

Msgr Hunt lives on through new book

by PETER GRACE A new book means the late Msgr Vince Hunt continues to say something today, according to priest and teacher, Fr John Dunn. On December 4, Glimpses of Hope,...

Art training for the Solomons

by ROWENA OREJANA Sacred art transcends culture and shows the universality of the Church, according to two artists from the Solomon Islands. Liborio Maemauri, 43, and his nephew, Stephen Maetora, 24,...

Patience urged in wait for new Mass translation

Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio, Magnum Principium (“The Great Principle”) has opened the way for a more relatable translation of the Mass and other prayers, but New Zealand Church...

New initiative will assist those on benefits

A programme to help people on benefits was launched with a Mass in Wellington on May 10.Cardinal John Dew celebrated Mass that day to launch the Wellington archdiocese initiative, Benefit Impact. Benefit Impact...

Interfaith dialogue a divine obligation

by ROWENA OREJANA Interfaith dialogue is a divine obligation, according to leading Australian Rabbi, Fred Morgan. Rabbi Morgan was invited by the New Zealand Bishops Conference committee on interfaith relations to...

Massey honours NZ’s Anglican rep in Rome

by MICHAEL OTTO The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative in Rome has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature by Massey University. Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon travelled from Rome to...

Events encourage cultural awareness

by MICHAEL OTTO A visit to a marae in south Auckland was the culmination of a series of events organised by Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, focusing on Maori...

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....

A Nepal Tribute Story

by Marlene Jahnke, 12 years old The following is a fictional account of a day in the life of a Nepalese teen-ager. The day is the one when earthquake...

Four first year students at Holy Cross Seminary

A Kiwi and three Vietnamese men entered Holy Cross Seminary this year to discern the plans God has in store for them. Former Manawatu youth minister Thomas Dravitzki, 26, is...

Faiths come together in wake of terror attacks

Neighbours came together in solidarity in a special service in Ponsonby two days after the terrorist killings in Christchurch. On Vermont Street, off Ponsonby Rd, the Catholic Sacred Heart parish...

Christianity stands or falls by Easter

An Easter message from Bishop Patrick Dunn, the publisher of NZ Catholic. The whole of Christianity stands or falls by the Easter mystery. St Paul is very clear: if...

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...