Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Human trafficking a reality in NZ waters

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — University of Auckland researchers have concluded that many Indonesian crew on Korean chartered fishing vessels in New Zealand waters are victims of human trafficking for...

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...

Auckland diocesan priests get together

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Auckland’s diocesan priests undoubtedly enjoy the company of their religious confreres, but they still enjoyed getting together on their own from July 9 to 11. Fifty-six...

Survival is Bethlehem University’s miracle

by KATE MAHONY WELLINGTON — Every day, students at Bethlehem University in Palestine Occupied Territories face a barrage of barriers on their way to and from campus. For one third...

Family celebrate success by degrees

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — This year is doubly special for Arthur and Maretta Solomon of Mangere. Not only is it 50 years since the young Arthur and Maretta arrived...

‘Oldest’ parish priest dies with his boots on

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — The pastor believed to be New Zealand’s oldest Catholic parish priest has been promoted. At age 92, Msgr Tom Power of Beckenham left to meet...

Sex education seen as a social movement in NZ

by MICHAEL OTTO As a doctor, Dr Miriam Grossman’s biggest challenge is not dangerous diseases, but dangerous ideas. And some very dangerous ideas underpin the ideology of the sex education industry,...

Pre-marriage programme, Commit, comes to Christchurch

by PETER GRACE CHRISTCHURCH — After nearly two years of use in one diocese, a New Zealand-made pre-marriage programme is expanding its reach. Commit was developed and introduced in Auckland diocese...

Catholic religious elect new leadership team

ADELAIDE — About 140 leaders of religious institutes and lay partners gathered in Adelaide from 26-29 June for the 36th national assembly of Catholic Religious Australia. For the first time,...

18 European Union nations represented at Mass

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — European Union diplomats, politicians and other dignitaries had front-row seats at Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland on June 10. The Mass was for representatives...

Thames weekly pro-life protest braves winter chill

by MICHAEL OTTO THAMES — The mornings might be frosty of late, but the spirit of about a dozen sidewalk pro-life witnesses in Thames is cheery. On Friday mornings since November...

Eastern-rite bishop visit to NZ a first

by MICHAEL OTTO The first bishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to visit New Zealand has heard of the deep love that migrants who belong to this rite have for...

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...

Te Kuiti celebrates 100 years of St George’s church

by NZ CATHOLIC staff TE KUITI — The centenary of St George’s Catholic church in Te Kuiti was celebrated in true King Country style on March 10, with about 120...

International visitor explores Jewish-Christian dialogue

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Sometimes when Dr Deborah Weissman teaches Christian students from Third World nations who are visiting Jerusalem, they ask if the Jewish religion still practises animal...

NZ principal thanks Sydney students for their support

SYDNEY (CW) — The principal of a New Zealand school destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake last year visited Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, last week to thank students...

Marists move to new centre in Wellington

by LYNDSAY FREER WELLINGTON — The Society of Mary has moved into a new province centre in Thorndon Quay in Wellington. It is the culmination of many moves over the...

Indian Kiwi gives help to his own

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A Catholic missionary who became a Kiwi is now working with poor communities in India. Tony Vijayraj told NZ Catholic on a visit to Auckland in...

Meditation seen as positive for school life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fr Peter Murphy of St Mary’s Parish, Papakura, may be the Johnny Appleseed of meditation. It seems that wherever Fr Murphy goes, meditation grows. And some...

Christchurch schools cope through seismic struggles

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Earthquakes have plunged Christchurch into a city of contrasts, from badly damaged to almost normal, a situation reflected in Catholic primary schools. School is not usually...

97-year-old soup kitchen legend honoured

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The many years of work among Wellington’s poor and forgotten by Sr Felix Breen, DOLC, has been acknowledged with a Local Heroes Award. A Sister of...

Kiwis hear of Holy Land hardship and hope

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The most difficult task Claudette Habesch faced in raising her children in Palestine was not letting hatred grow in their hearts. “It has not been easy,”...

Church should break boundaries, says Chicago-based priest and professor

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — God’s job description is mission, Jesus’ is evangelisation, and ours is discipleship, says priest and professor Fr Anthony Gittins, CSSp. But the concepts of mission and...

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,...

Ten new seminarians at Holy Cross in 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Five New Zealand dioceses have seminarians starting at Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby in 2012. The diverse group of 10 new seminarians features Kiwis, an American...

Tiny parish a powerful community

by PETER GRACE RONGOTEA, Manawatu — There must be something in the Manawatu water that develops apostolates and service. Three parishioners from the country parish of Rongotea received Benemerenti medals and...

Young Aaron’s football success a tribute to Dad

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Thirteen-year-old Aaron Dahmen scored the winning goal for New Zealand in a football match against Australia in January — but, sadly, his Dad was not...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia will take up the position...

Ethnic mix increasing at Catholic schools

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Maori, Pasifika and Asian children and young people make up about 40 per cent of students enrolled in Catholic schools in New Zealand, according to...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive practical wisdom from the way...