Saturday, January 19, 2019

Featured Catholic News

Non-judgmental group helps pregnant women

by ROWENA OREJANA The unassuming office is beside St Patrick’s Cathedral in the middle of Auckland city, easy to overlook but a lifeline to women who find themselves pregnant and...

Later years can be the best, CWL hears

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The biggest social mistake made by the elderly is the answer they give to the question, “How are you?”, says teacher, author and psychotherapist, Juliet...

Mercy hikoi highlights homelessness

Sisters of Mercy, hundreds students from Mercy schools, and many staff from Sisters of Mercy ministries made a hikoi to Parliament on September 20 to highlight the issue of homelessness. There were at...

P. North VG is now a monsignor

Palmerston North vicar-general Brian Walsh had been given the title of Monsignor by Pope Francis. This was announced by Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan on his facebook page on July...

Making Jesus relevant in a secular society

Making Jesus relevant to the lives of young people given the complexity of New Zealand secular society is the main challenge of religious educators today, said National Centre for...

Leaders back Christchurch Anglican cathedral decision

Heads of Christian denominations in Canterbury have called for acceptance of the decision by the Anglican Christchurch diocesan synod to reinstate the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral. A statement by 13...

Our Lady’s feast celebrated at St Joseph’s

by PAT SALANDANAN A community of the Holy Rosary (Barangay Sto Rosario) celebrated the feast of its patroness, Our Lady of the Rosary, on October 12 with the parish Mass at...

A life turned around

Rob came to prison with a long list of offences that included various types of violence with weapons, including two rape charges and some drug charges. His family had disowned...

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...

Kiwis helping save kids from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

TV show reports Carmelite commitment

“I was so happy, so happy, and I was filled with peace. It just felt right.” That was how viewers of TVNZ’s Sunday show on August 14 heard Carmelite Sr Catherine of Christ describe taking...

Intercessors equipped for NZ renewal

by JUDY OLSEN Different currents of grace in the Church in New Zealand are coming together in a special way this year as the Catholic Charismatic Renewal celebrates its half...

Neelam on target for her goal

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Francis Xavier Catholic School (Whangarei) old girl Neelam O’Neill plans to be the first disabled Paralympic female shooter for New Zealand in three decades. The...

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,...

New monasticism takes God to streets

When Catholics thinks of monasticism, names like St Anthony of Egypt in the desert and St Benedict and his rule come to mind. But what has been dubbed a “new...

Spiritual journey begins for 21 pupils

by SUE SECONI As a Catholic school community, St Mary’s Primary School in Wanganui extended an invitation to its own pupils to begin their spiritual journey — with amazing results. “With principal...

Churches tell PM: Housing security essential for healthy communities

Representative church leaders have met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are...

Sensitive ministry requires personal approach

Pope Francis is giving us an urgent call to look at the issue of homosexuality more deeply by understanding the person first and foremost. Courage International associate director Fr Philip Bochanski made this...

Akld priests’ retirement home extension officially opened

The $3.6 million extension of St John Vianney House in Ponsonby was formally opened and blessed on August 5, a day after the memorial day of its patron saint. The...

St Bede’s launches campaign for new chapel

A campaign has been launched to raise $1.5 million towards the construction of a new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. The “A little from a lot” campaign was...

Carmelites share embroidery treasures

An amazing collection of exquisitely embroidered priestly vestments, lecturn banners as well as altar cloths has been on display at the Carmelite Monastery in  Christchurch.  The exhibition called Embroidery Treasures from Hidden Monastic...

NZ graduates speak of struggles to find work

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — Young people shared their experience of unemployment and work search in a Social Justice Week seminar in Palmerston North on September 14. Organised by the...

‘Kiwis’ drift out of Church

The “Kiwi drift” is the elephant in the room in the Church in New Zealand, according to the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn. Bishop Dunn, the president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference,...

Fasting not a kind of competition, nuncio says

by MICHAEL OTTO The Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand has cautioned seminarians and theology students not to treat lenten fasting as a type of sporting competition. Archbishop Martin Krebs said this in...

St Catherine’s 2016 O’Shea Shield champions

St Catherine’s College Wellington has kept its winning streak alive, taking home the grand prize, the O’Shea Shield, for the fourth year in a row. English Department head Kathy Ryan said the college takes...

Outdoor Passion play seen as powerful

by MICHAEL OTTO Rain may have wet a few heads and seats but it didn’t dampen the occasion at the performance of a passion play in the stunning setting of Villa...

Pope to Congress: Stop bickering, world needs your help

By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The past, the promise and the potential of the United States must not be smothered by bickering and even hatred at a time when...

School honours Passchendaele fallen

by LYNDSAY FREER On Sunday, May 21, a large congregation of present and former students, friends, dignitaries and supporters gathered in the Sacred Heart College chapel in Auckland for their...

Innovative NZ approach helps deaf people

Isolation is one of the biggest barriers that the Deaf Community faces and prevents them from accessing resources that would help them cope with grief and loss. Representatives from the Deaf Community...

Video tackles concern over euthanasia

The Nathaniel Centre – the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre, has produced an 8 minute video, “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Real Life Implications” to help explain the complex issue...

Featured News

Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is a Member of The New...