Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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The Fight on Anzac Cove

by Madelon Muschamp, Room 3, St Francis Xavier School, Dunedin (The following is a fictional account of ANZAC morning as imagined by a 6-year old girl.) We arrived at Anzac Cove...

10,000 celebrate Sinulog in Faith event

by CHERRY C. THELMO-FERNANDEZ AUCKLAND — Nearly 10,000 people took part in a Catholic event, Sinulog 2012, at the North Shore Events Centre last month. In 1521, Queen Juana (formerly Hara...

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...

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...

Enquiry centre aims to reach new generation

The Catholic Enquiry Centre has been re-organised to enable it to reach a new generation through different social media platforms as well as support parishes in spreading the Good...

‘Pope of Peace’ fondly remembered as mischievous

by RENZO ALLEGRI, Zenit Paul VI was beatified by Pope Francis on October 19, during the closing Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Born in Brescia on September 26,...

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...

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...

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...

Dedication to youth recognised with award

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On November 30, at the start of the Year of Consecrated Life, Lisa Small, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi, received a special award from Bishop...

Setting a record for sacred #selfies

by Catholic News Service Past popes have set a variety of records, but Pope Francis seems sure to be setting the record for papal selfies. Even aboard the papal flight to...

Participants: Final synod document to focus on all young adults

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The synod's final document will seek to address issues concerning all young people and not just those issues facing young men and women living in...

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...

Varied Eucharists experienced in Europe

by Pat Lythe I recently returned from Europe having experienced three very different Sunday Eucharists. The first Sunday was the main Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna. It was Mission Sunday...

Kiwis helping keep kids safe from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

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....

Akld and Chch Easter trading decisions praised

The decision by the Auckland Council not to extend Easter Sunday trading has been praised by Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission. On August 24, councillors voted 20-1 to retain...

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...

Many of today’s papal ‘traditions’ were Blessed John Paul’s innovations

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The first anniversary of Pope Francis' election brought stories highlighting the unique style he has brought to the papacy. Maybe people have forgotten...

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" is a call for global action as well as an appeal for...

Last chance for young New Zealanders to talk to the Vatican

There is just over a week to go for Young New Zealanders take up the chance to be part of an international conversation with the Catholic Church.The New Zealand...

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...

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...

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis...

Democracy needs virtue, says papal biographer

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Freedom and democracy are not enough for a flourishing society — virtue is also essential, says American author and intellectual George Weigel, who spoke in...

Child forgoes birthday gifts for cathedral

Her birthday was fast approaching when nine-year old Marsy Irinco decided to ask her friends and family not to give her gifts but instead raise funds that would be...

Kiwis hear of Holy Land hardship and hope

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The most difficult task Claudette Habesch faced in raising her children in Palestine was not letting hatred grow in their hearts. “It has not been easy,”...

Printing error delays NZ’s new translation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The new translation of the Roman Missal will not be introduced in New Zealand on the first Sunday of Advent — November 27 —...

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...

Participation seen as key to vibrant Church in PNG

by ROWENA OREJANA DARU-KIUNGA, Papua New Guinea — Participation is how the Catholic Church is kept alive in the wilds of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, despite many physical,...

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Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...