Friday, April 26, 2019

Featured Catholic News

Bishop hits out at Australia’s racism

by Michael Otto As Bishop Christopher Saunders looked out across the warm, blue expanse of Roebuck Bay, from the comfortable Mangrove Hotel in Broome, he wondered out loud what he...

Tastebuds tempted by Lenten recipes

A self-confessed “meat and spuds man”, St Mary’s Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is going vegetarian this Lent. An article that he read in the UK Catholic weekly The...

Laura opens new worlds for migrant kids

Nineteen-year-old former Marist College (Mt Albert) student Laura McLellan tried not to have too many expectations when she went to do missionary work in Ranong, one of Thailand’s southern provinces.But what she...

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...

Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing Foundation. The research showed benefits...

1400 celebrate with cardinal

by PETER GRACE The biggest group of pilgrims in Rome earlier in February were from the smallest islands, Cardinal Soane Mafi of Tonga told about 1400 people at a special...

Call for better housing planning

A Catholic social agency is calling on the Government to provide more social housing built not just in south Auckland, but across the greater Auckland area in the wake of the deepening crisis. De Paul...

Kiwi Catholics encouraged to learn the ‘language of life’

by ROWENA OREJANA Human Life International president Fr Shenan Boquet has called on Catholics in New Zealand to learn the language of life in order to build a culture of...

Historic Catholic Maori hui for Akld

In a first for Auckland diocese, a hui for Catholic Māori in the diocese is to be held in November. The hui, titled “Te Iwi Māori Katorika”, is to be...

Akld Catholic schools struggle to recruit staff

The cost of living, especially housing, in Auckland is now so high that Catholic schools in the city are struggling to recruit suitably qualified staff from outside of Auckland. A...

Sister has ministered to generation of patients

by MICHAEL OTTO HAMILTON — In 1978, the Catholic Church had three popes and Jimmy Carter was president of the United States of America. It is also the year Sr Carmel...

NZ bishops pleased that liturgy translation document to be reviewed

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are pleased that a review is looming for the document that spells out the way liturgical translations from Latin to vernacular languages are done.  Recently, it was reported that Pope...

Hospitality key to interfaith relations

In an interfaith context, Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has stressed the importance of offering hospitality, saying this is the key to dialogue and peaceful co-existence.  Bishop Lowe was one of the speakers at...

Seminar explores significance of ‘believing’ Thomas

Biblical, traditional and spiritual perspectives on St Thomas the Apostle — the so-called “doubting Thomas” — were the focuses of an Ecumenical Day in Auckland last month. The day, organised in cooperation between...

Multi-skilled woman returns to the tropics to teach

by PETER GRACE DUNEDIN — A teacher who became a medical social worker has returned to the Solomon Islands to teach English for several months. Pat Robertson left for the Solomons...

Vocation ‘speed-dating’ a hit at Carmel College

by ROWENA OREJANA Picture 12 religious women from different charisms in the Carmel College hall, each talking to a small group of year 12 students. After five to 10 minutes,...

Walking for Jesus on the Camino

by VICTORIA NING Earlier this year I set foot upon a well-worn path in the south of France, and set out upon the journey known as the Camino de Santiago,...

Events encourage cultural awareness

by MICHAEL OTTO A visit to a marae in south Auckland was the culmination of a series of events organised by Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, focusing on Maori...

Healing for those left behind after suicide of a loved one

“I couldn’t believe my emotional reaction to what I had heard at one Friday midday Mass in late June 2017, with regard to the reference made between sin and...

Fit for Mission plan launched in diocese

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Parishes in Auckland started the launch of Fit for Mission, a grassroots diocesan pastoral plan, on Pentecost Sunday. The plan calls for Catholics to look...

Judge’s decision leaves disabled with a disturbing message

AUCKLAND — In mid-September, Auckland boat-builder Evans Mott was convicted and discharged at the High Court in Auckland after pleading guilty to assisting the suicide of his wife Rosie. Justice Patricia...

830 attend education convention

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The seventh NZ Catholic Education Convention brought together more than 800 delegates, including visitors from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga, from June...

St John honours conferred at cathedral

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — On June 21, the Priory of St John New Zealand held an investiture to officially confer St John Honours to this year’s recipients by...

Low decile, supreme award

The school that has won the Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award attributes its success to the Catholic character and Mercy values that are intrinsic to everything the school does.  Rachel Williams, the acting principal of...

The cosmic love of the Eucharist

by Jim Consedine “I see a picture of our blue planet with a large bread and a chalice of wine poised above it, and the risen Christ offering himself as...

NZ priest’s bravery under fire ultimately cost him his life

by MICHAEL OTTO With the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign this year, it seems fitting this Anzac Day for this newspaper to look back at a “priest-hero” whose bravery under fire...

Kiwi priest made the ultimate sacrifice

by Fr BRIAN FENNESSEY Fr James McMenamin, Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, was killed on June 8, 1917, during the second day of the Battle of Messines in Belgium. As part...

Contemporary justice message needed, says Anglican economist

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Economist and journalist Rod Oram has issued a challenge to Christians who advocate for social justice — that they update their message in contemporary,...

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...

Kiwi priest pedals miles on Dutch roads

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Kiwi priest Fr Marcel Smits might have 11 churches in his parish in the Netherlands, but getting to them by bicycle is no problem. Fr Smits,...

Featured News

Auckland diocese welcomes new general manager

Auckland diocese’s new general manager, James van Schie, was “handed over” to his new role by friends, family and other supporters at a powhiri at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby on...