Sunday, September 23, 2018

Featured Catholic News

New deacons ordained in Waikato

by PETER GRACE Two Waikato-based men were ordained as transitional deacons on February 1 in a significant step on their journeys to priesthood. Stuart Young, from Morrinsville, and Joseph George, from...

Divine Mercy congress a first for Oceania

by NZ CATHOLIC staff In February next year New Zealand will host the first ever Oceania regional congress for Divine Mercy — in The Year of Mercy. <a This event, which...

Gov-gen invites Pope Francis for a visit to NZ

by NZ Catholic staff VATICAN --New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has invited Pope Francis to visit the country during an audience with the Holy Father yesterday. In his Facebook...

Walker writes a book on NZ’s golden era of running

by PETER GRACE Despite his name, Blockhouse Bay parishioner Vern Walker was for some years one of New Zealand’s best runners. The contemporary of Peter Snell, Barry Magee, Bill Baillie,...

Kiwi pilgrims give Iraqi refugees a hand

by PATRICIA BROOKS Bags of gifts and more than $NZ1000 were presented to a group of Iraqi refugees by Holy Land pilgrims from New Zealand when they visited a Melkite...

Iconic churches included in two-year earthquake study

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Iconic Catholic churches in New Zealand will be included in a study funded by the Earthquake Commission to assess their vulnerability to earthquakes. The two-year study, headed by...

Melkite Church has deep roots

by ROWENA OREJANA The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern Church that traces its roots back to the first Christian community. Melkite Bishop Robert Rabbat explained that Melkite comes from...

Big welcome home for NZ’s new cardinal

by KATE MAHONY The atmosphere as the crowd waited to welcome Cardinal John Dew back home at a liturgical reception said it all. In the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart,...

Treasure of a church in Taihape worth a visit

by NZ CATHOLIC staff An unknown treasure just off State Highway 1 is the Catholic church of St Mary’s, Taihape. In basilica style, it is one of Ernst Anton Plischke’s...

Diocesan general manager steps down

by LYNDSAY FREER After 15 years as general manager of New Zealand’s largest Catholic diocese, Auckland, Kerry Coleman has decided that the time has come for him to move on to pursue other interests...

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...

Parishioners help make township safer

by PETER GRACE Disorder and general lawlessness have fallen and public safety has increased in Glen Eden in the past two years, thanks at least in part to the township’s Samoan...

Moving school to school often hurts children

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Children often changing schools is an ongoing issue in south Auckland, but local Catholic schools in the area seem to have more stable enrolments. As long...

Auckland priests get together

by Fr PETER MURPHY TAUPO — God clearly has a sense of humour, Fr Gilbert Ramos told his brother priests at the second Auckland Diocesan Clergy Assembly, held at Wairakei...

Author rejects Pompallier’s bad press

The latest book to be published on the life of Auckland’s first bishop, Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier, is a love story between Maori, the bishop and the Catholic Church. The book, entitled Bishop...

NZ altar bread market heating up

by ROWENA OREJANA The Carmelite nuns go about their work in silence. They mix the ingredients and pour the mixture into two heated circular iron machines to bake them into...

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...

Eight new diocesan seminarians this year

by MICHAEL OTTO Eight new first year seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary make for a diverse group, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural nature of the Church in New Zealand. But although there might...

Teresas an example of friendship with God

by ROWENA OREJANA Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has called on the faithful to listen for the “call within a call” to put God at the centre of their lives. The bishop made...

Jewish Harvard professor heard Jesus Christ

by BILL MOORE AUCKLAND — Not many Harvard professors give up their academic careers for faith. And perhaps only one — Dr Roy Schoeman — also converted from being an...

Maronite bishop meets NZ community

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Maronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay has encouraged the Maronites in New Zealand to keep the faith and traditions of the Eastern Churches alive in their families...

New priest likes multicultural New Zealand

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Auckland diocese’s newest priest Fr Alfredo Garcia likes the multicultural character of his adopted home, New Zealand. “It is like serving the whole world in a...

St Ben’s window on NZ stamp

by PETER GRACE A stained glass window from St Benedict’s Church in Newton, Auckland, will feature in NZ Post’s series of 2015 Christmas stamps. The window is one of three connected...

Iraq’s Christian refugees face double discrimination

by PAT McCARTHY Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians, who once made up one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East, are facing double discrimination as displaced persons...

Massey honours NZ’s Anglican rep in Rome

by MICHAEL OTTO The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative in Rome has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature by Massey University. Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon travelled from Rome to...

Responding to the call for 181 years

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — Bishops, priests and people from the diocese of Palmerston North gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on July 31 to celebrate the...

Church fights ‘witch‘ killings in PNG

by RAY CAVANAUGH Some may find it hard to believe that witch-hunting would occur in the 21st century. But it’s wreaking havoc still in some parts of the world. In Papua...

Grey Lynn school looks for attention

by PETER GRACE A small Catholic school has been finding and using ideas to become more visible and to increase its roll. St Joseph’s Catholic School in Grey Lynn is in...

Friar Fr Bernie is knitting pretty

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Some might say Fr Bernie Thomas, OFM, should have been a sheep farmer, because he likes woolly jumpers — at least he’s knitted quite a few. The Franciscan...

Tongan’s first Cardinal to deepen people’s faith

by NZ Catholic staff Tongan Bishop Soane Patita Mafi became the first Cardinal of his country on Saturday and at 53 years of age, the youngest cardinal in the...

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...