Monday, November 19, 2018

Featured Catholic News

Goodness comes from the Christchurch rubble

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — On the Nazareth House site in Christchurch there’s a lot of space, a digger and truck amid remaining rubble and the 1939 Chapel of the...

Judge’s decision leaves disabled with a disturbing message

AUCKLAND — In mid-September, Auckland boat-builder Evans Mott was convicted and discharged at the High Court in Auckland after pleading guilty to assisting the suicide of his wife Rosie. Justice Patricia...

Mission Sisters continue their 150 years celebrations

by CARMEL COLE AUCKLAND — Celebrations throughout New Zealand marking 150 years of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Mission continued in Pukekohe on September...

Helping young people discover God in their lives

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — Logos was founded in 2000 by the Society of Mary as a Marist Youth Development organisation, and became a Charitable Trust in 2010. I did...

Shelter for the soul at Amsterdam youth hostel

by ANGELA PYKE Travelling overseas is exciting. It is filled with new experiences, people, customs, religions, languages, food and time zones. This can be overwhelming, and travel is generally more...

Tiny figures revealed in iconic image’s eyes

MEXICO (EWTN) — A Peruvian expert who has been studying the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico for 34 years, says the microscopic figures that appear in...

Young Catholic women get their gold awards

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — One Catholic school was represented among a dozen at an awards ceremony at Government House in Auckland on September 1. Thirty-one young people were at Government...

Three Sisters feature in new NZ film

by PETER GRACE HIRUHARAMA — A New Zealand film released on August 23 focuses on three Sisters of Compassion and the local community at Jerusalem (Hiruharama) on the Whanganui River. How...

Responding to the call for 181 years

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — Bishops, priests and people from the diocese of Palmerston North gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on July 31 to celebrate the...

Priest urges Catholics to love the Church, warts and all

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — An Auckland priest, Msgr David Tonks, has challenged Catholics disillusioned with the Church not to split away into a merely privatised relationship with Jesus. Speaking at...

Young people challenged to follow the Master

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Having the heart of Jesus and trying to be like him is the essence of being a disciple of the Lord, Bishop Patrick Dunn told...

Edith Stein’s unlikely path to Catholicism

by MARIE ROSS When we think of saints, we may conjure up an image of other-worldly types, somewhat divorced from reality and prone to mystical experiences alien to lesser mortals. The...

Human trafficking a reality in NZ waters

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — University of Auckland researchers have concluded that many Indonesian crew on Korean chartered fishing vessels in New Zealand waters are victims of human trafficking for...

A Jesuit journey for law academic

by JUSTIN GLYN SYDNEY — I was born in what is now Namibia and grew up in South Africa. Although I was baptised an Anglican, church attendance was not all...

Auckland diocesan priests get together

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Auckland’s diocesan priests undoubtedly enjoy the company of their religious confreres, but they still enjoyed getting together on their own from July 9 to 11. Fifty-six...

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...

Family celebrate success by degrees

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — This year is doubly special for Arthur and Maretta Solomon of Mangere. Not only is it 50 years since the young Arthur and Maretta arrived...

‘Oldest’ parish priest dies with his boots on

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — The pastor believed to be New Zealand’s oldest Catholic parish priest has been promoted. At age 92, Msgr Tom Power of Beckenham left to meet...

Sex education seen as a social movement in NZ

by MICHAEL OTTO As a doctor, Dr Miriam Grossman’s biggest challenge is not dangerous diseases, but dangerous ideas. And some very dangerous ideas underpin the ideology of the sex education industry,...

Pre-marriage programme, Commit, comes to Christchurch

by PETER GRACE CHRISTCHURCH — After nearly two years of use in one diocese, a New Zealand-made pre-marriage programme is expanding its reach. Commit was developed and introduced in Auckland diocese...

Catholic religious elect new leadership team

ADELAIDE — About 140 leaders of religious institutes and lay partners gathered in Adelaide from 26-29 June for the 36th national assembly of Catholic Religious Australia. For the first time,...

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...

Valuable networking takes place at Lay Witness Congress

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — About a dozen Catholic lay organisations came together on May 19 to learn more about the work they all do. The day, held at the St...

Thames weekly pro-life protest braves winter chill

by MICHAEL OTTO THAMES — The mornings might be frosty of late, but the spirit of about a dozen sidewalk pro-life witnesses in Thames is cheery. On Friday mornings since November...

Eastern-rite bishop visit to NZ a first

by MICHAEL OTTO The first bishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to visit New Zealand has heard of the deep love that migrants who belong to this rite have for...

New priest likes multicultural New Zealand

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Auckland diocese’s newest priest Fr Alfredo Garcia likes the multicultural character of his adopted home, New Zealand. “It is like serving the whole world in a...

Te Kuiti celebrates 100 years of St George’s church

by NZ CATHOLIC staff TE KUITI — The centenary of St George’s Catholic church in Te Kuiti was celebrated in true King Country style on March 10, with about 120...

International visitor explores Jewish-Christian dialogue

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Sometimes when Dr Deborah Weissman teaches Christian students from Third World nations who are visiting Jerusalem, they ask if the Jewish religion still practises animal...

NZ principal thanks Sydney students for their support

SYDNEY (CW) — The principal of a New Zealand school destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake last year visited Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, last week to thank students...

Marists move to new centre in Wellington

by LYNDSAY FREER WELLINGTON — The Society of Mary has moved into a new province centre in Thorndon Quay in Wellington. It is the culmination of many moves over the...

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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...