Thursday, September 20, 2018

Featured Catholic News

New building statement on revitalised St Paul’s

Five years ago, the proprietors of St Paul’s College in Ponsonby faced a critical decision at a time of low or static roll, buildings that needed upgrading or replacing...

Include Church in abuse inquiry – Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops and representation from Catholic religious orders have written to the Prime Minister and others requesting that a royal commission into historical abuse in state care...

Kiwi’s three years on Pope’s commission

Bill Kilgallon is looking back on his three years as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with sense of achievement, alongside a certain sense...

Don’t be afraid to love God, youth told at Set Free

Echoing the call made by St John Paul II, American speaker Timothy Glemkowski called on young Catholic Kiwis not to be afraid to give themselves completely to God. Mr Glemkowski,...

Bishops mention PM’s baby in submission

In their recent submission on the End of Life Choice Bill, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have highlighted the delight shown in the Prime Minister’s baby news and have called...

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church hall in Orewa on February...

UK think tank against NZ euthanasia bill

If the End of Life Choice Bill being considered by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee passes into law as it is currently written, the long term result could be an...

Three in 2018 Holy Cross Seminary first year

Two men from Christchurch and one from Auckland make up the newest batch of seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Jose O’Sullivan, who is studying for Christchurch diocese, is...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from...

Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ

Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby is now the proud owner of an icon of the Transfiguration written by an artist of international renown.The icon, written by Michael Galovic, now...

New bishop for Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop-Elect Michael Dooley's ordination to the Episcopate will be on Thursday 26th April at 6.00pm in the Dunedin Town Hall, the diocese announced. Bishop-elect Dooley will be the seventh...

New Chch bishop is open-minded on cathedral

Bishop Paul Martin is open minded on the issue of rebuilding the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, waiting until he is fully briefed on the subject before he makes...

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...

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...

Chch bishop tells people: ‘I now belong to you’

“I am no longer a wandering religious. This is my home.” With these words, the newly-ordained Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Paul Martin, SM, received the mantle of leadership of a...

‘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...

Mass for Life starts prayer wave

The celebration of a Mass for Life in Auckland on February 13 was the start of a great wave of prayer for life that will resound around the world. That...

Kiwi takes close look at Philippines prisons

Visiting a cramped prison in a small town in the southern Philippines clarified a former Marist seminarian’s vocation: not priesthood, but social justice advocacy. Daniel Kleinsman said he had already...

National priests’ assembly returns to South

Christchurch is to be the venue for the fourth national assembly of diocesan priests later this year. These assemblies, an initiative of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, happen every...

An invitation to young people to take part in meeting in...

300 young people from across the world will gather in Rome for a six day Pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation for the October Synod of Bishops on Young people starting...

Discipleship College gets new home

The new home of the Catholic Discipleship College was blessed in a day of celebration at Pukekohe on February 18. A Mass was celebrated at St Patrick’s church and visitors...

Francis’ five years of remarkable papacy

NZ Catholic invited Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to contribute an article reflecting upon the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Cardinal Dew’s article is below. The fifth...

Hearts Aflame fosters deepening of faith

Hearts Aflame 2018 (Fides et Scientia), held in the beautiful and spacious campus of Nga Tawa Diocesan College in Marton, attracted 90 young adults from all over the country...

Caritas to lead refugee family resettlement work

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is to lead the coordination of a number of Catholic organisations who will support a refugee family to settle in New Zealand. Caritas is one of...

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...

Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland

When Hamilton Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne moved back to Auckland, there was probably no one happier than Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn. “I’ve been in conversation with Bishop Pat,” Bishop Browne...

Auckland’s only inner city emergency housing hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

New RE curriculum guide available

The National Centre for Religious Studies is in the process of preparing a new Religious Education Level 1-8 Curriculum that will hopefully be completed within the next five years. In...

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...

What NZ’s young people want from Church

Passion, like-minded discussion and connecting with others are the top three things that young people in New Zealand are asking of the Catholic Church in this country. This is according...

Featured News

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...