Friday, February 22, 2019

Featured Catholic News

Maronite bishop meets NZ community

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Maronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay has encouraged the Maronites in New Zealand to keep the faith and traditions of the Eastern Churches alive in their families...

80 interesting letters

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The more than 80 participants of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Conference last month will get a letter from themselves reminding them of the...

Parish pretty in pink

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — For St Mary’s Wanganui, the sixth Sunday of Easter became Pink Sunday. Sunday best for Mass was replaced with pink for parishioners, including the blokes....

Fit for Mission plan launched in diocese

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Parishes in Auckland started the launch of Fit for Mission, a grassroots diocesan pastoral plan, on Pentecost Sunday. The plan calls for Catholics to look...

Deaf Missal on DVD this year?

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — The official New Zealand Sign Language translation of the Missal may be available in DVD form by the end of the year. Palmerston North deaf...

Priest tells Blessie’s family, ‘We are here’

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — There are no magic words to ease the pain of the family of killed Auckland woman, Blesilda “Blessie” Gotingco, but friends and community can continue...

Christianity is hands-on action, not school of thought, pope says

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the "how-to" manual is found in the beatitudes and...

Southern Polish community celebrate

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — The southern most Polish-built church, formerly at Allanton south of Dunedin but now at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula, was the focus of a...

Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where...

‘Saintly’ mural donated to faith-filled refuge

by BILL MOORE AUCKLAND — A stunning, handpainted mural, created by the Studio of John the Baptist to mark the canonisation of St John Paul II and St John XXIII, has...

Fright night popular at Napier school

by CRYSTAL HEWETT NAPIER — Hundreds of eager children and families queued on a Friday night, May 16, to get the extreme fright of their lives. The original Marist building, which...

Many priests in NZ now from overseas

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — As the Catholic Church in New Zealand becomes more diverse, priests from overseas have helped ease the shortage of clergy in various dioceses. Auckland Bishop Patrick...

Kindness spreads to Malawi

by ROWENA OREJANA CHIFUNGA, Malawi — Former Baradene head girl, Maddie Little, has found a way to carry on with the Kindness Club all the way to Malawi. Miss Little, 18, is in...

Sister Cristina will face the final judgment… on The Voice

by Carol Glatz ROME (CNS) — Regardless of all the jokes that voting for anyone other than #SuorCristina would incur excommunication, it seemed to be a given that Ursuline Sister...

Little church and parish on the move

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Mairehau parish is again on the move. The small church at St Francis of Assisi parish has been relocated near the road where the large Our Lady...

Fifty years later, pope and patriarch meet again in Jerusalem

By Francis X. Rocca JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek...

God’s plan for marriage the best

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — God has a plan for marriage and his plan works. This is what Blenheim couple Bill and Jenny McElhinney, members of the Lamb of God community, stressed...

41 enjoy Wellington camp

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Youth For Christ in Wellington recently concluded its “discovery camp” that allowed 41 young members to discover their talents and how they can use these to...

Chaplains seek community support

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Auckland prison chaplain Mary Thorne is one of the lucky ones. She has strong community support from St Mary’s parish in Papakura. “There has always been...

Friar Fr Bernie is knitting pretty

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Some might say Fr Bernie Thomas, OFM, should have been a sheep farmer, because he likes woolly jumpers — at least he’s knitted quite a few. The Franciscan...

Seminary opens its doors

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — They came, they saw and they had a jolly good time at Holy Cross Seminary’s first open day on its Vermont St, Ponsonby, site. A glorious...

Love the key to holiness, says convention speaker

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Sainthood is not just for popes. Holiness is a gift given to us by God. This was one of the points stressed by new evangelist Martha Fernandez-...

Gov-gen invites Pope Francis for a visit to NZ

by NZ Catholic staff VATICAN --New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has invited Pope Francis to visit the country during an audience with the Holy Father yesterday. In his Facebook...

Universality a great gift, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Part of the joy of being Roman Catholic is belonging to the Universal Church, according to Catholic revivalist Fr Tony Ricard. Fr Ricard was one of...

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...

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...

2000 walk with cross

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — Holy Week celebrations in New Zealand were largely “meaningful” and “enriching” despite the many distractions offered by the secular world. At the Cathedral of the...

Neelam on target for her goal

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Francis Xavier Catholic School (Whangarei) old girl Neelam O’Neill plans to be the first disabled Paralympic female shooter for New Zealand in three decades. The...

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...

Organ restorer Ron provides recital bonus

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — A March 23 pipe organ recital by renowned organist, historian and composer Ron Newton proved not only an extraordinary treat, but a reflective occasion for...

Featured News

New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just before Christmas.The previous general manager,...