Monday, June 17, 2019

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Kiwi Catholics encouraged to learn the ‘language of life’

by ROWENA OREJANA Human Life International president Fr Shenan Boquet has called on Catholics in New Zealand to learn the language of life in order to build a culture of...

Visiting sisters unpack Pope’s green encyclical

A new consciousness or culture of inclusiveness and interconnectivity is needed if the earth is to have a future. This was the message of American Dominican sisters Sr Margaret Galiardi...

Statement for life made on capital’s streets

Amid the pink and blue balloons and the many signs bearing pro-life messages at the second March for Life in Wellington on December 8, one was especially poignant. Carried by a woman,...

Jesus’ disciples are called to lead without lecturing, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As disciples, Christians are called to imitate Jesus' heart and lead others directly to him, without lecturing them, Pope Francis said. Thousands gathered...

‘Make your hearts firm’- Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Vatican City (VIS) — The following is the full text of the Holy Father’s message for Lent 2015, entitled “Make your hearts firm”. The document was signed in the Vatican...

NZ asked to help in Holy Land

by PAT McCARTHY AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s knights and dames of the Holy Sepulchre are helping to establish a centre for Catholic Scouts in the Holy Land city of Bethlehem. The fundraising...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia will take up the position...

Intelligent life among stars – maybe

Astronomers have long looked for life beyond this planet and while there hasn’t been any real evidence found, the universe is so huge that the possibility of having intelligent life out there cannot...

God is greater than our sins, pope says at general audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The power of God's forgiveness "is greater than our sins," Pope Francis said. Christians have "the certainty that he will never abandon us,"...

Kiwis to the forefront at World Youth Day in Panama

Young Kiwis literally took centre stage at World Youth Day in Panama, an event that Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan described as “truly transformational for everyone”. Bishop Drennan, who accompanied...

Wanaka pupils create seasonal saga

by MICHAEL OTTO WANAKA — Ten students at Holy Family School, Wanaka, have been writing and drawing to highlight the meaning of Christmas. The fruit of their work is a full...

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the...

‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting "hosanna" in the world, proclaiming the lordship...

Interfaith dialogue: building relationships of trust

by MARY EASTHAM “I feel like I have lost members of my family”, wrote Sr Bertha Hurley, SMSM, to members of the New...

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...

League delegates discuss having women deacons

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — If we can’t ordain women priests, why not women deacons? This was one of the ideas raised at the Catholic Women’s League national conference on July 18...

Follow Christ on the path of forgiveness, not vengeance, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To follow a path toward Christ, one must follow the good path of forgiveness, peace and solidarity, and avoid following the...

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...

Aurora’s journey from child poverty to hope

by SARAH ROBERTS When Aurora Zacarias was just eight years-old she faced an uncertain future. The young Mexican orphan and her two older siblings, Elena and Alejandro, were struggling to...

Passion for teaching lasts decades

After nearly fifty years in the education sector, Erika Bon decided to retire. “I’m nearly 68. I don’t want to still be here when I’ve lost the energy and enthusiasm....

Organised gap year valuable for young adults

by HEATH HUTTON WELLINGTON — In 2008, Challenge 2000 entered into a partnership with the Society of Mary to provide a programme that gave young people the chance to serve...

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-...

Bishop joins trade protest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan denounced the secret negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement as he marched with hundreds of protesters on March 7. The partnership...

Later years can be the best, CWL hears

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The biggest social mistake made by the elderly is the answer they give to the question, “How are you?”, says teacher, author and psychotherapist, Juliet...

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...

St Heliers parish brings Christmas joy to neighbours

St Ignatius Catholic parish has raised, organised and delivered 370 Christmas hampers full of goodies to schools and a religious group who are looking after the parish’s vulnerable neighbours. The...

Tears at Christchurch Mass for Peace

Tears flowed as heartfelt grief was expressed during a Mass for Peace celebrated by Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, on March 16, one day after the terrorist shootings that claimed the lives...

Jesus does not give up on anyone, pope tells prisoners

ROME (CNS) -- Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready...

Exuberant crowds greet pope in unofficial welcome to Philippines

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Although it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and church officials and an exuberant crowd...

Chch church unity event postponed

by MEENA AMSO A large scale event to unite Christian congregations in Christchurch city last month was postponed. “Tatou...