Monday, November 19, 2018

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Daughter of modern saint to speak at NZ conference

The daughter of a saint is coming to New Zealand later this year. Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla, will feature at a conference in...

Newly-ordained Jesuit felt call early on

Newly-ordained Jesuit priest Fr Robert Morris said his parents, Ann and Russ, were the biggest influences on his faith. Fr Morris was ordained by Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM,...

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...

Looking at slavery in Bible and in modern times

If one is working for social justice with people of faith, one should “touch them to” the Scriptures and into Christian tradition, biblical scholar Dr Kathleen Rushton, RSM, said,...

National Catholic men’s event planned for September

In a first for Aotearoa New Zealand, a national Catholic men’s event is to be held at the end of September, 2018 in Auckland. Entitled “MAX18NZ UNLESS”, this live-in...

Jesus identifies with abuse victims says theologian

Australian theologian Rev. Dr Michael Trainor has proposed that a pastoral way to help victims of sexual abuse can begin by looking closely at Jesus’ crucifixion and death and...

Shortage of academics a worry

A lack of qualified and highly specialised lecturers for Good Shepherd College going forward is a key concern for New Zealand bishops, according to bishops’ conference president Bishop Patrick...

Leaky building issues at Akld seminary

Will it stay or will it go? The New Zealand Catholic bishops are currently considering three options for Holy Cross Seminary on Vermont St, Ponsonby, which was found to have...

City garden an oasis for community

A new urban vegetable garden has been opened on space gifted by the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington to its guests. The official opening of Te Māra, the new urban...

Kiwi Christians urged to stand up against abortion

American prolife speaker Bryan Kemper has urged Christians in New Zealand to stand up against abortion as it is “a fight that we are going to win”. Mr Kemper was...

Religion has a future in NZ

Though the startling rise of “no religion” in this year’s census will be of deep significance to every religious group in New Zealand, Massey University History Professor Peter Lineham...

Christians in Science tackle ultimate questions

Top New Zealand Christian scientists held seminars in Auckland and Wellington around the time of the visit to this country of famous atheist Professor Richard Dawkins, who was promoting...

Warning about more elder abuse

A submission by the Catholic bioethics centre, The Nathaniel Centre, to a parliamentary select committee on the End of Life Choice Bill has warned that legalising euthanasia or assisted...

Call for courage made at seminary Mass

Newly-ordained Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley and Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, joined all the other New Zealand bishops, as well as priests and seminarians at a Mass commemorating the...

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...

Spirit moved young people at pre-synod gathering

Pope Francis’ openness and willingness to listen to young people at the pre-synod meeting in Rome was deeply valued by all those who participated in the gathering. New Zealand representative at...

Young people share vision, hope for Church

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn assured young Catholics in the diocese that they were heard and their suggestions given at the Auckland Youth Synod will be taken very seriously. Some 200...

Bishop reflects on his 14-year ministry

by Jeff Dillon Bishop Colin Campbell was ordained the sixth Bishop of Dunedin on July 9, 2004 and relinquished that role when Fr Michael Dooley was ordained the seventh Bishop...

Dunedin bishop says he will trust in God

The words for Bishop Michael Dooley’s episcopal motto came to him in the middle of the night. Those words are “Trust in God”, the seventh Bishop of Dunedin told more...

People invited to walk with and accompany their new bishop

Preaching at the liturgical installation of Bishop Michael Dooley as the seventh Bishop of Dunedin, Cardinal John Dew called on the people of that diocese to walk with and...

Interfaith dialogue revolutionising religion

Interfaith dialogue is becoming increasingly essential in today’s multifaith world and is actually revolutionising religion. Interfaith Scotland director Dr Maureen Sier, who gave a public lecture on the topic of...

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...

Eucharistic convention director calls it a day

After 25 years of service, Auckland Eucharistic Convention director John Porteous is stepping down from this role. Mr Porteous said both he and his wife, Beth, felt it is time...

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...

Church teaching had impact on union head

First Union’s new general-secretary Dennis Maga credits his Catholic upbringing for his firm belief in socio-economic justice. “The Catholic Church’s teaching that had the most impact in my upbringing is...

Young Kiwi jumps barrier and hugs Pope Francis

A Kiwi student has jumped a barrier in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican to hug Pope Francis. Tim Helbano, originally from Wellington and now studying at the University of...

NZ bishops quoted in new papal exhortation

A document from New Zealand’s Catholic bishops has been cited in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) released on April 9. In the...

Baby booties wanted for pro-life message

Voice for Life has embarked on a campaign that will gently remind people of the huge number of lives lost to abortion. The Booties Project, brainchild of VFL Nelson member...

Birds ousted as new roof tops Dunedin priory

by JEFF DILLON There are some very distraught pigeons in Dunedin. The birds, which have had easy access to roosting in the rafters of the historic former Dominican priory building...

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...

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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...