Friday, November 16, 2018

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No TV didn’t stop nuns seeing themselves

Although the Carmelite Monastery in Christchurch doesn’t have TV, that didn’t stop the nuns watching a TV One Sunday segment about themselves and the monastery. Sunday showed a 15...

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...

First Maori diocesan priest dies

A Catholic Totara of many years has fallen in the Far North. Pa Henare Tate, the first Māori to be ordained as a diocesan priest, died in Rawene Hospital on...

$7 million college gymnasium opened

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A two-level gymnasium block with classrooms, dance studio, viewing galleries, storage areas, staff room and changing rooms was opened at St Mary’s College in Auckland on March 15. The...

Website man aims for one-stop online Catholic shop

by ROWENA OREJANA CHRISTCHURCH — Website administrator Graeme Scott is building a one-stop online shop for information on parish events and Mass times, as well as resources for developing the faith. Mr...

The ordinary that made a man extraordinary

by CAROLYN MOYNIHAN AUCKLAND — Towards the end of September, several small groups of Kiwis will be making their way to Madrid for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo,...

Catholics face choices in midst of ‘demonic storm’

by PAT McCARTHY A senior Vatican cardinal believes Catholics face two choices as the Church experiences a “perfect demonic storm” due to sexual abuse. “We are at a moment of serious crisis, probably the greatest...

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...

College students learn about horses

by PETER OWENS OAMARU — All schools offer subjects to suit the various talents of different students. If that is a “horses for courses” approach, St Kevin’s College also offers...

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...

Christchurch marks two years of perpetual adoration

by KATHLEEN CASEY Two years of perpetual exposition in Christchurch have been marked by faithfulness and peace, but it took hard work to set it up. In 2011, Bishop Barry Jones was...

Hamilton bishop hosts Mass videos

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe is hosting a video series called “The Mass”, which explains the symbols, gestures and prayers to enable the faithful to deepen their experience of their encounter with Christ.  “It is in...

Need to talk about ‘unwanted abortions’

Life-affirming organisations providing support to women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant need to be the sector leaders in the field to prevent knee-jerk reactions in favour of abortion in cases of crisis pregnancies. Dr...

Anti-euthanasia videos made

Parliament’s Health Select Committee should not back any legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide if it is going to be true to what it read and heard during its...

Meditation seen as positive for school life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fr Peter Murphy of St Mary’s Parish, Papakura, may be the Johnny Appleseed of meditation. It seems that wherever Fr Murphy goes, meditation grows. And some...

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...

Aubert’s 182nd birthday celebrated

Around 300 people gathered together on the night of June 19 to celebrate with the Sisters of Compassion the 182nd birthday of New Zealand’s soon-to-be-saint, the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. The...

Otara hikoi over delays in relocating local school

Several dozen people from St John the Evangelist parish in Otara have marched in a one day hikoi from south Auckland to Ponsonby to express their frustration at delays...

Spirit of openness at Jerusalem vocations retreat

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has described a vocations retreat held at the historic Compassion Sister’s convent at Hiruharama (Jerusalem) as marked by “a spirit of openness to God’s call”. A dozen young people...

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...

Making Jesus relevant in a secular society

Making Jesus relevant to the lives of young people given the complexity of New Zealand secular society is the main challenge of religious educators today, said National Centre for...

Kiwi reactions on the Synod

Soon after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family closed in Rome last month, NZ Catholic asked several New Zealanders for their thoughts on the synod. Steve McNicholl, Oamaru...

Faith is keystone to marriage

Faith is the keystone that has kept the marriage of former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia and his wife Bernadette going for 65 years. The couple, who celebrated their...

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...

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...

MP says End of Life Choice Bill is insidious

by JOHN FONG Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki (National), spoke in Hamilton on December 4 at the Gerry Sullivan Events Centre on euthanasia and on why he is opposed to...

Governor General makes special visit

by Jeff Dillon Residents of the Sacred Heart Home and Hospital run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Brockville, Dunedin, were treated to a special visit in early May when Governor-General Sir...

Focolare co-leaders speak in Wellington

by SUSAN FOGARTY WELLINGTON — While many Wellingtonians revelled in the recent rugby sevens, St Mary’s High School hall in Thorndon overflowed with people attending a public meeting of the...

New Maori leaders needed

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has said there is a need for a new generation of Catholic Māori leaders to build a stronger Katorika Māori (Catholic Māori church). “I personally think...

Pope to Congress: Stop bickering, world needs your help

By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The past, the promise and the potential of the United States must not be smothered by bickering and even hatred at a time when...

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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...