Friday, September 21, 2018

Featured Catholic News

Memorial wall could remember those shut out

One of New Zealand’s oldest Catholic parishes long ago ran out of land for the burial of lay parishioners. But several current and former parishioners are proposing a memorial wall to ensure parishioners are...

Blenheim young people help poor village

by NZ CATHOLIC staff BLENHEIM — A village in Kenya now has its own well, thanks to fundraising by a Blenheim youth group. St Mary’s youth group in Blenheim has...

Four first year students at Holy Cross Seminary

A Kiwi and three Vietnamese men entered Holy Cross Seminary this year to discern the plans God has in store for them. Former Manawatu youth minister Thomas Dravitzki, 26, is...

Climbing trees still okay at primary school

St James Primary School students will keep climbing trees and playing touch rugby, even after the implementation of the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) on April 4. The principal of...

Cardinal Pell: Bishop committed ‘gross deception’ about Australian pedophile

SYDNEY (CNS) -- When former Bishop Ronald Mulkearns of Ballarat moved a pedophile priest from parish to parish in the early 1970s without divulging the underlying reasons for the...

Jesuit calls on NZ to dump missal translation

An eminent theologian has called on New Zealand’s Catholic Church to make a direct appeal to the Pope for permission to scrap the current English translation of the Roman Missal in use...

Mariatu makes new life after hands hacked off

The speaker at the Auckland eucharistic convention dinner on April 22 had the “candle of her childhood blown out” by a series of terribly traumatic events, including having her...

New Kapiti school opened and blessed

Wellington Cardinal John Dew formally opened and blessed the archdiocese’s newest school, Our Lady of Kapiti School, on March 17, 2017. The $6 million school, funded by both the archdiocese...

Reformation anniversary marked in Auckland

Roman Catholics and Lutherans held a special commemoration of the Reformation marking its 500th anniversary with a liturgical service that called for thanksgiving, repentance and unity. The liturgical service was...

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...

Finding common ground in care of the earth

by MARTIN DE JONG Jewish, Catholic and Muslim speakers found common ground in recognising the call to greater environmental care through their respective faiths, in an interfaith event on “Care...

Social science and ‘gay marriage’

by Dr NEIL WHITEHEAD Social science has a lot to say about “homosexual marriage”. It shows marriage and same-sex union originate differently and should not be equivalent, either in concept...

Awareness needed on domestic violence

There is a need to increase awareness in parishes around the issue of domestic violence, particularly within Pasifika families. Auckland Catholic Social Services psychotherapist Sr Cabrini Makasiale, who is running the...

Town’s Mill Hill priests remembered

by JOHN FONG At a ceremony on Sunday, March 15, after the morning Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Putaruru, Deacon Joseph Haumaha presented Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne with the...

NZ priest’s bravery under fire ultimately cost him his life

by MICHAEL OTTO With the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign this year, it seems fitting this Anzac Day for this newspaper to look back at a “priest-hero” whose bravery under fire...

Sewing to protect girls from sex trade

Mary Connors started a sewing group in Thames a couple months ago. Far from being a way to pass time, this group hopes to prevent girls from falling into the hands of...

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...

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...

Low decile, supreme award

The school that has won the Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award attributes its success to the Catholic character and Mercy values that are intrinsic to everything the school does.  Rachel Williams, the acting principal of...

Bishop objects to anti-Catholic insert

AUCKLAND Thousands of words attacking the papacy and Catholicism appeared in an Auckland community newspaper in late May.  The North Shore Times, owned by Fairfax Media, carried an insert...

Catholic networking leads to love

by SAMM-SARA PIRIE I first met Adam and Edel at an Encounter session in 2014. Both were bright and bubbly, and I assumed they were a couple just from observing...

Anti-violence training rolled out for Pasifika communities

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is rolling out a programme called Train the Trainers — Pacific Living without Violence for the central and south Auckland Pacific community. The programme was initiated with the assistance...

‘Human books’ tell of homelessness

Some sleep rough in the streets. Some live in overcrowded rooms, motels or night shelters. But all had a story to tell. And that was done, often with pain,...

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...

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...

Three-in-one ordination in Christchurch

by KATHLEEN CASEY When Jesus spoke to crowds, there must at times have been no standing room. This was how it was in St Mary’s Pro-cathedral for the triple ordination of...

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...

Historic Catholic Maori hui for Akld

In a first for Auckland diocese, a hui for Catholic Māori in the diocese is to be held in November. The hui, titled “Te Iwi Māori Katorika”, is to be...

Astronaut took Communion while orbiting earth

by SARAH ROBERTS When NASA astronaut Colonel Michael Hopkins was looking back to earth from space he knew a higher power had something to do with creating all natural beauty...

New law prioritises earthquake strengthening

New legislation will mean that Catholic dioceses in New Zealand will have different timeframes for assessment and strengthening of any earthquake-prone buildings.  The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act passed by Parliament in mid-May divides the country into...

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Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...