Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Abrahamic faiths deepen understanding

What are a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian doing having a coffee together at the Botanical Gardens in Wellington?  Those who watch television ads will have noticed a...

New centre integrates school with its parish

by EMMA DODSWORTH A new mission centre in Hawera features the offices of the Catholic school principal and the parish priest under the same roof, with school and parish administration...

Ethnic mix changing in Catholic schools

Last year was the first year that non-European/Pākehā students made up more than half the number of students in Catholic schools in New Zealand.  Using Ministry of Education school roll data as of July,...

Parish goes high tech with new app

by MICHAEL OTTO What could well be the first smartphone or tablet parish “app” in New Zealand has been developed for St Thomas Aquinas parish in Tauranga. Parish administrative officer Margie...

Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland

When Hamilton Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne moved back to Auckland, there was probably no one happier than Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn. “I’ve been in conversation with Bishop Pat,” Bishop Browne...

Pope Francis appoints Fr Paul Martin, SM, as new Bishop of...

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Paul Martin, SM, as the next Bishop of Christchurch diocese. Bishop-Elect Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones...

Kiwi Jesuit now trained in canon law

New Zealander and Jesuit Fr Justin Glyn recently completed a JCL (Licence in Canon Law) at St Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Normally a three-year course, Fr Glyn completed his studies in an...

Bishop-elect shares book launch

by PETER GRACE Have you heard the one about the vicar, the priest, the minister and the pastor? No, it’s not a joke, it’s a book. This is how God Knows...

Participation seen as key to vibrant Church in PNG

by ROWENA OREJANA DARU-KIUNGA, Papua New Guinea — Participation is how the Catholic Church is kept alive in the wilds of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, despite many physical,...

Digital clinic to roll out at De Paul House

2014 New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan is putting digital clinics in De Paul House to give the most vulnerable access to health care. Dr O’Sullivan spoke at...

NZ bishops raise ethnicity as factor in ending-of-life debate

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have warned that one majority culture should not impose its will on other cultures on the question of legalised assisted suicide. In their written submission to the ending of...

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...

Joint fundraising for Syria tops $21K

by PETER GRACE Fundraising competition between Auckland colleges has raised more than $21,000 in a few weeks to help people in Syria. Fundraising between St Mary’s College in Ponsonby and St...

St Pat’s kauri doors to be restored

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on a $67,000 project to restore its 100-year-old kauri doors to their former glory. Dubbed the “doors of faith” by cathedral...

Eucharistic convention director calls it a day

After 25 years of service, Auckland Eucharistic Convention director John Porteous is stepping down from this role. Mr Porteous said both he and his wife, Beth, felt it is time...

Oratorio with NZ link to debut in US

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Composer Cormac O’Duffy, who taught and studied in New Zealand during the 2000s, will conduct the premiere of his oratorio The Wedding Feast of the Lamb...

Graduation celebrates several journeys

by ROWENA OREJANA The end of three very different faith journeys was celebrated at the graduation of Philip Doyle, Maree Flynn and Detta Fairweather from the Walk by Faith programme...

Bohemian settlement marks 150 years

by JUDITH WILLIAMS PUHOI — Thousands of visitors passed through Puhoi over the weekend of June 28-30, most honouring their connection to the place as the settlement celebrated 150 years...

Two new priests with very different stories

Fr Marchellino Park realised his calling to priesthood after God granted him a second lease on life following a robbery and brutal beating several years ago that sent him into a coma. And...

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...

Many tears shed at loss of Fr Graeme

A young Christchurch priest has been killed only six months after his ordination. Fr Graeme Blackburn, 33, lost his life on January 15 as the result of a road accident...

Muslim MP upholds Pope’s example for Europe

VATICAN CITY — Calls by a British minister who is a Muslim to follow the Pope's example and reject intolerant secularisation in Europe have made the Vatican happy, a...

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...

Tiny parish a powerful community

by PETER GRACE RONGOTEA, Manawatu — There must be something in the Manawatu water that develops apostolates and service. Three parishioners from the country parish of Rongotea received Benemerenti medals and...

Calls for Francis resignation dangerous CNS chief says

Catholic News Service director and editor-in-chief Greg Erlandson said calls for Pope Francis to resign are “extremely dangerous” adding that he felt some people have “crossed the line” in doing so. ...

Three different paths to the priesthood

Being with God’s people and ministering to them is what three new priests from Christchurch diocese are looking forward to most about their futures. Fathers Graeme Blackburn, Anthony Huynh...

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...

John Lennon and his family connections with Catholicism

by PAUL SANCHEZ NEW YORK — On February 9, when the United States commemorated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America and performing on The Ed Sullivan Show,...

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...

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....