Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Featured Catholic News

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...

Harbour bridge leap for Mercy Hospice

Mercy Hospice in Auckland took a leap of faith of sorts in a fundraising venture this year. It involved recruiting 20 brave people to “leap for life” off the Auckland...

On the ‘Pope tour’ in Francisco’s home town

by JUDITH DOYLE Francisco, as the Pope is in Spanish speaking Argentina, greets us straight away — in photos and print on a large poster — when we enter the...

A life turned around

Rob came to prison with a long list of offences that included various types of violence with weapons, including two rape charges and some drug charges. His family had disowned...

Plea to sponsor young Kiwis to go to youth festival

Organisers of the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival are asking people to invest in the spirituality of young people by sponsoring their participation in this national event to be held...

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...

Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo...

Ablaze conference inspires Chch for mission

by KEN JOBLIN The second weekend of November saw nearly 200 Catholic parish leaders converge on the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral precinct in Manchester Street for the Ablaze Parish Renewal Conference. For...

Laura opens new worlds for migrant kids

Nineteen-year-old former Marist College (Mt Albert) student Laura McLellan tried not to have too many expectations when she went to do missionary work in Ranong, one of Thailand’s southern provinces.But what she...

Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts...

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...

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,” said Julianne Hickey, director...

South food icon helps kids go to Catholic schools

by Jeff Dillon They may not have quite the same national acknowledgement as southern Bluff oysters but another southern delight certainly gets toasted regularly down in the lower provinces of the South Island. In this...

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...

Fundraising launched for strengthening of Timaru Basilica

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to raise $1.6million towards the strengthening and restoration of Sacred Heart Basilica in Timaru. The overall cost of the project is $2.4million, with $0.8 million...

Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

By Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive practical wisdom from the way...

CWL hears about change at conference

by SARAH ROBERTS Women from all over the country came together with one goal in mind — to make a positive change through faith.The biennial Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand conference was held...

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...

Mochaccino magic leads to ice cream success

The Baradene College students who won silver at the recent NZ Ice Cream Awards are planning to produce their lactose-free Mochaccino ice cream commercially, riding on the back of their success.Year 13...

New Scout camp takes shape in Bethlehem

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Two New Zealand members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem have visited the Palestinian Catholic Scout camp site for which their group...

CEC unveils ‘Catholic Discovery’ branding

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) has unveiled new “Catholic Discovery” branding, as it seeks increased engagement with different audiences, including those with and those without Christian Faith, those active in the Church and those who...

Hospitality for refugees, migrants

Every year Caritas marks a Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants — established by New Zealand’s Catholic bishops — by creating liturgical resources and inviting schools and communities to join them...

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...

Kids meet St Dominic in new book

by JEFF DILLON How can a book about a man who lived about 800 years ago be of interest to modern children? Quite easily if that man happens to have been St Dominic...

Papal preacher to young people: Discover love, joy, life Jesus offers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the church listens to young people in preparation for this year's synod, the church must not forget to also help them listen to Jesus...

The Holy Land — a different way forward?

by PETER MURPHY It is so easy to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the early years Israel had the support of the Western world, appearing as the underdog...

Pope shines light on Huntington’s disease

At 10 o’clock on the morning of May 18 this year, 79-year old Steve Martin found himself seated at the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican waiting...

Irish told of Wgtn lay pastoral leaders

by SARAH MacDONALD  THURLES, Ireland (CNS) — A New Zealand cardinal told a conference on the future of parishes in Ireland that his diocese benefited from the appointment of church workers known as...

Concern from parishioner helps stop human trafficker

A concern brought to authorities by a parishioner helped bring down the first person to be convicted of human trafficking in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand people smuggling and trafficking...

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Celebrity chef priest to tell of food and God’s love

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and TV show host — Fr Leo Patalinghug — is coming to New Zealand in November with a message that centres around...