Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Devotees promote saintly pioneer priest, Fr Garin

Although one of New Zealand’s early missionary priests, Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, died in 1889, he still has passionate devotees. This was shown by the turnout at a Mass at St Michael’s Church...

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...

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...

Same-sex parenting claims hotly contested

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — A New Zealand pro-life commentator has blasted the methodology and findings of an Australian sociological study that found that children with homosexual, bisexual or...

Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle passes away

Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle of Dunedin passed away, surrounded by family and his brother priests, after a short period of ill health. He was 85. New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Moving on after 18 years of inner-city ministry

St Patrick Cathedral had been home for the past 18 years, but Msgr Bernard Kiely was ready to move on. The Auckland diocese vicar-general moved to Balmoral parish in February. “I’m not sure it’s...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lyndsay a voice of the Church for 30 years

Last month marked 30 years since Dame Lyndsay Freer started working in media and communications for Auckland diocese. For three decades she has been arguably the most visible and recognisable...

A trifecta for Hamilton’s new priest

by JULIE SOUTH Fr Danny Fraser-Jones might not be a betting man, but on August 22 he turned up a trifecta. He celebrated his 39th birthday. He celebrated 39 years as...

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...

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...

A 22-year journey to priesthood

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — It took Jeremy Palman 22 years to become a priest, but it was a great joy when he got there. Fr Palman was ordained by Bishop...

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...

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...