Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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eyespy: Kids interview Bishop Pat

AUCKLAND — Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland once thought that becoming a bishop “would be a nightmare”. Bishop Dunn told three pupils of St Mary’s Northcote that he never thought...

Picnic highlights inequality

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Two hundred Catholics gathered at Parliament grounds on March 19 to hold a picnic with a message for Parliament. The picnic at Parliament was organised by...

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...

Eight new diocesan seminarians this year

by MICHAEL OTTO Eight new first year seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary make for a diverse group, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural nature of the Church in New Zealand. But although there might...

Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise,...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't hold back when praying to God -- tell him exactly what's wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis...

Pope, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth have informal meeting at Vatican

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their first overseas trip in three years, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met April...

NZ legionary priest sees hope for order

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Scandal will always be part of the Legion of Christ, but its members have hope that the recently concluded general chapter meeting will be the...

Iconic churches included in two-year earthquake study

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Iconic Catholic churches in New Zealand will be included in a study funded by the Earthquake Commission to assess their vulnerability to earthquakes. The two-year study, headed by...

The singing Ursuline sister: “I have a gift to give”

by Carol Glatz ROME — Pope Francis’ call for the church to “get out onto the streets” and evangelize helped inspire 25-year-old Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia to hit the...

Young St Peter’s student stops thief

by ROWENA OREJANA The New Zealand Police have recognised the heroic efforts of St Peter’s College student Eamon McArdle for helping a younger St Peter’s boy recover his iPad from...

Vatican, Rome gear up for canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just over five weeks before the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, Rome hotels are reporting they are almost fully...

Vatican online book marks first anniversary of Francis’ pontificate

VATICAN -- To mark the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, the Vatican internet office has produced an online book with photographs and phrases taken from his...

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...

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,...

Winning the battle of the school lunchboxes

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Below is a selection of schoolkids' best ideas for their school lunches — here’s hoping some of them will work for you. (See also Michelle Vollemaere's Around...

Duck chooses a holy nesting spot

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A duck nesting close to heavy car and pedestrian traffic in Auckland must have felt safe next to a statue of Our Lady. The duck nested...

Beloved New Zealand bishop dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Bishop John Mackey, a man who was gifted with one of the best minds in the New Zealand Church, according to one historian, died...

18 pilgrims enjoy South Island Road Retreat

by JOY COWLEY Put together 18 pilgrims, a bus brimming with laughter, sun-blessed scenery, prayer, Catholic history and the newness of God, and you have the fourth of annual Road...

Jewish Harvard professor heard Jesus Christ

by BILL MOORE AUCKLAND — Not many Harvard professors give up their academic careers for faith. And perhaps only one — Dr Roy Schoeman — also converted from being an...

Fun family weekend held in Canterbury

by JOHN KENNEDY CHRISTCHURCH — Catholic families from Christchurch diocese gathered at Waipara, North Canterbury, at the end of September for the second Catholic Family Camp. Inspired by the Catholic Family...

NZ graduates speak of struggles to find work

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — Young people shared their experience of unemployment and work search in a Social Justice Week seminar in Palmerston North on September 14. Organised by the...

Random acts of kindness abound

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — If you are in east Auckland in the next few months, you might be the surprised recipient of a random act of kindness from a...

Catholic buildings get heritage status

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — The historic importance of two Auckland Catholic landmarks has been recognised. The NZ Historic Places Trust recently registered Bishop’s House in Ponsonby, and St Benedict’s...

Solomon Islands uses NZ as education example

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s experience with state-integrated schools is being drawn upon as the Solomon Islands’ education system is being reformed. Experienced educationalist Brendan Schollum, a former principal...

Sister has ministered to generation of patients

by MICHAEL OTTO HAMILTON — In 1978, the Catholic Church had three popes and Jimmy Carter was president of the United States of America. It is also the year Sr Carmel...

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...

Same-sex parenting claims hotly contested

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — A New Zealand pro-life commentator has blasted the methodology and findings of an Australian sociological study that found that children with homosexual, bisexual or...

Seven lay Carmelites make their professions

by JULIA DU FRESNE The first lay Carmelites of the Order of the Ancient Observance (O. Carm) in New Zealand made their first profession in the Cathedral of the Holy...

Pro-life internship trains 16 young people

by CHRISTINE GOUNDER PARAPARAUMU — Voice for Life has run another successful Stayin' Alive Pro-Life Internship programme at Kapiti in Wellington. Sixteen interns, the maximum number the programme can take, gathered...

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...

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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...