Sunday, July 22, 2018

Featured Catholic News

Rural areas may lose the faith, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA GORE — A parish priest in one of the remotest towns of New Zealand has warned of the the urbanisation of the Catholic Church and expressed concern...

Priests called to be ‘digital disciples’

A visiting bishop from Australia has encouraged Kiwi priests to be “digital disciples”, involved in social media. Bishop Richard Umbers, an auxiliary bishop of Sydney, gave this exhortation at a...

Great ‘faith time’ part of annual summer camps

by NZ CATHOLIC staff New friendships, intense fun, lasting memories — a good summer camp can be the highlight of the summer and can set the foundation for the coming...

New professional standards director appointed

The National Professional Standards Committee (NPSC) has appointed former Christchurch lawyer and mother of two Virginia Noonan as director of the National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS). Ms Noonan, most...

Rerum Novarum: how Leo XIII started a revolution

by LYN SMITH When Pope Leo XIIl released the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the conditions of the working classes or labour) on May 15, 1891 (125 years ago this year)...

Trekking for a higher purpose

by JENNY MCPHEE Wild turkey alerts, fallen trees, bull challenges and the distinct possibility of getting lost are all encountered by riders who follow high country tracks on our Christian...

Focolare co-leaders speak in Wellington

by SUSAN FOGARTY WELLINGTON — While many Wellingtonians revelled in the recent rugby sevens, St Mary’s High School hall in Thorndon overflowed with people attending a public meeting of the...

Health forces rector to depart early

by PETER GRACE and ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The rector of Holy Cross Seminary from early 2012, Msgr Peter Jeffrey, has returned to Australia for medical treatment. After Mass at Sacred...

Quiet multi-faith space opened in hospital

by ROWENA OREJANA North Shore Hospital in Auckland has a new multi-faith centre for patients and their families and friends. The Waitemata District Health Board opened the centre on December 1....

Blenheim young people help poor village

by NZ CATHOLIC staff BLENHEIM — A village in Kenya now has its own well, thanks to fundraising by a Blenheim youth group. St Mary’s youth group in Blenheim has...

Holy Land collection has twofold purpose

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Good Friday collections in New Zealand will, once again, be used this year for their twofold Holy Land purpose. The New Zealand commissary of the Holy...

Mary MacKillop pilgrimage made in Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — Grey, damp conditions did not deter 100 people from undertaking a 15km St Mary MacKillop pilgrimage from North Dunedin to Port Chalmers on Sunday May...

Reflections of a young Catholic on her pilgrimage

by ANNETTE COLLINS As I prepared for my journey to Hokianga, I reviewed my checklist — toiletries (check), shoes (check), food (BIG check!), prayer . . . After six years since...

Spread message of divine mercy, Krakow cardinal tells WYD pilgrims, including...

By Jonathan Luxmoore KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- St. John Paul II's former secretary urged young Catholics to share their faith, experiences and hopes and spread a "message of divine mercy"...

The challenge of being Mercy for prisoners

Just imagine a person released from prison who, having heard the Good News of the Gospel from a prison chaplain, goes to church, but the person he or she...

Perpetual adoration reaches 20 years

Nestled among kauri trees and tui birdsong near Titirangi village in Auckland is the small Catholic church of Mount St Mary’s. On Sunday May 1, its congregation will celebrate 20 years of perpetual adoration of...

Coast parish marks 150 years

by JIM COSTELLO About 150 years ago, a priest on his way to a posting in Greymouth died when the City of Dunedin sank in Cook Strait. Fr Michael Driscoll...

Fundraisers to ply new pathways

Fundraising is going down the toilet. Literally. But only in the best possible way. Two years ago, Steve Cogger was in Queenstown on business when his 10-yearold son Thomas called...

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...

‘Make your hearts firm’- Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Vatican City (VIS) — The following is the full text of the Holy Father’s message for Lent 2015, entitled “Make your hearts firm”. The document was signed in the Vatican...

Young Kiwi Bible readers prefer paper version

A survey has shown that Kiwi young people who read the Bible prefer to do so in a book format. According to Nielsen research commissioned by the Bible Society New Zealand, 87 per cent...

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...

At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Parish goes high tech with new app

by MICHAEL OTTO What could well be the first smartphone or tablet parish “app” in New Zealand has been developed for St Thomas Aquinas parish in Tauranga. Parish administrative officer Margie...

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...

Two Hamilton men ordained to priesthood

by PETER GRACE A former accountant and general manager of Dunedin diocese was ordained to the priesthood in Morrinsville on October 10. Stuart Young grew up as a Presbyterian and attended...