Sunday, July 22, 2018

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New glossary brings languages together

by SUE SECONI A new glossary of Maori words and phrases is expected to become a valuable resource for the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. The dictionary is by newly...

Soldier courageous and ‘a demon’

by MICHAEL OTTO A Catholic marae in Auckland featured in a recent international television programme about war stories and memorabilia. Te Unga Waka Marae in Epsom was the setting for part...

Pope’s view grabs couple’s attention

by MICHAEL OTTO Pope Francis may have ventured where angels fear to go last month in raising the issue of responsible parenthood, but one Kiwi family is unafraid to share...

Throwaway line leads to new publication on the why of faith

A throwaway cuss line resulted in a book that deals with the question young Catholics are grappling with today: the why of Faith.  Sydney-based Jesuit priest and author Richard Leonard, known for his interdisciplinary work in theology, education and culture,...

Oceania visit a first by Salesian head

by PETER GRACE The Salesians believe they have a bright future in New Zealand, according to the rector major of the congregation, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime. Fr Artime visited the two Salesian...

Refugee quota arguments frustrate MP

New Zealand can easily take its refugee quota up to 1500 a year, Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway told a sympathetic audience at a World Refugee Day event in Palmerston North on June...

More than 80 Catholic Bishops of Oceania gather in New Zealand

by NZ Catholic staff Wellington -- More than 80 bishops of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Pacific Nations were welcomed to Wellington, New Zealand during a powhiri at...

Churches tell PM: Housing security essential for healthy communities

Representative church leaders have met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are...

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...

Suzanne Aubert Day in October

The Sisters of Compassion and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference have announced the first Sunday of October as a day of celebration for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Suzanne Aubert...

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...

Deported Doug trying to return to PNG

The role of religious workers in Papua New Guinea became the crux of a controversy as the Papua New Guinea government deported Kiwi lay missionary and Caritas volunteer Doug...

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...

520 years of service honoured

by ROWENA OREJANA The oldest priest in New Zealand and oldest Mill Hill father in the world celebrated 70 years as a priest as Auckland diocese honoured him and 10...

Devotees promote saintly pioneer priest, Fr Garin

Although one of New Zealand’s early missionary priests, Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, died in 1889, he still has passionate devotees. This was shown by the turnout at a Mass at St Michael’s Church...

Education direction not right, says head

by PETER GRACE Catholic schools aren’t quite fulfilling their roles as missionary schools, according to resigning primary school principal Ken McKay of Howick. Mr McKay was farewelled from Our Lady Star of...

Solutions to pornography lie in society, not Govt: PM

Prime Minister Bill English said it is society not Government that will decide how it would deal with pornography. Speaking at the Forum on the Family, Mr English said his...

Don’t forget Iraqi Christians, says priest

As he prepared to leave New Zealand, Chaldean Catholic parish priest Fr Fawzi Hanna has asked all Catholics to continue asking the New Zealand Government to grant special preference for Iraqi Christians seeking...

Akld Catholic schools struggle to recruit staff

The cost of living, especially housing, in Auckland is now so high that Catholic schools in the city are struggling to recruit suitably qualified staff from outside of Auckland. A...

Diocese wants beautiful churches to rise

by ROWENA OREJANA Beautiful traditional churches are expected in Christchurch as the diocese gears towards rebuilding next year some churches destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Bishop’s Pastoral Office director Mike Stopforth...

Moving school to school often hurts children

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Children often changing schools is an ongoing issue in south Auckland, but local Catholic schools in the area seem to have more stable enrolments. As long...

NZ Ad Limina request

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has asked the appropriate offices in Rome to set a date for them to make an ad limina visit to the Vatican. NZCBC secretary...

18 European Union nations represented at Mass

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — European Union diplomats, politicians and other dignitaries had front-row seats at Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland on June 10. The Mass was for representatives...

Which party should get your vote?

As part of NZ Catholic’s coverage of the 2017 General Election, eight political parties were invited to submit 300-word candidate statements explaining why you, our readers, should give your...

Piece of cake spurs civic spirit

by ROWENA OREJANA CHRISTCHURCH — As whole communities disappear and new ones spring up, neighbourhoods in Christchurch are slowly losing their human connections underthe stress of day-to-day living and recovery...

Survival is Bethlehem University’s miracle

by KATE MAHONY WELLINGTON — Every day, students at Bethlehem University in Palestine Occupied Territories face a barrage of barriers on their way to and from campus. For one third...

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...

Euthanasia referendum given bioethicist thumbs down

A Catholic bioethicist has given an emphatic thumbs down to any use of a referendum on legalised assisted suicide and/or euthanasia in this country. Director of the New Zealand Catholic...

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...

Prayer a big part of Gaea’s game plan

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Singing The Lord’s Prayer was the key to success at the Adidas U-17 Waikato Badminton Open, according to 15-year-old Gaea Galvez. The Carmel College student said she...