Sunday, September 23, 2018

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What NZ’s young people want from Church

Passion, like-minded discussion and connecting with others are the top three things that young people in New Zealand are asking of the Catholic Church in this country. This is according...

New Maori leaders needed

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has said there is a need for a new generation of Catholic Māori leaders to build a stronger Katorika Māori (Catholic Māori church). “I personally think...

Emergency housing provider James Liston Hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

Pope appoints Fr Michael Dooley as Bishop of Dunedin

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Dooley as the new Bishop of Dunedin diocese. Bishop-elect Dooley will be the seventh Bishop of Dunedin and succeeds Bishop Colin Campbell who has...

Poignant first NZ Mass commemoration

by PAT LYTHE The annual Mass commemorating Bishop Pompallier’s first Mass here in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1838 was celebrated on Sunday, January 14, at Totara Point in the Hokianga. In...

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...

Objection to newsletter ‘irregular relationship’ message

The parish priest of All Saints by the Sea Parish (Mt Maunganui, Te Puke and Maketu) has made a promise of greater inclusivity after there was an objection to...

Many tears shed at loss of Fr Graeme

A young Christchurch priest has been killed only six months after his ordination. Fr Graeme Blackburn, 33, lost his life on January 15 as the result of a road accident...

New entity for Catholic tertiary education

Following an independent review, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops (NZCBC) have announced a new entity for the delivery of Catholic tertiary education. According to a statement from the New Zealand...

MP says End of Life Choice Bill is insidious

by JOHN FONG Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki (National), spoke in Hamilton on December 4 at the Gerry Sullivan Events Centre on euthanasia and on why he is opposed to...

NZ abuse inquiry likely to include churches

Whatever shape the new Government’s promised independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in state care takes, the past actions of churches, including the Catholic Church, will...

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,...

‘Our Father’ translation not on ICEL agenda yet

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn said the International Commission on English in the Liturgy is not currently considering changing the line in “Our Father” which Pope Francis considered to be...

Six hundred walk the capital for life

Six hundred people from all over New Zealand joyfully walked the streets of Wellington on December 9, marching in defence of human life from conception. The National March for Life,...

Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

The inclusion of the Argentinian bishops’ guidelines on Communion for civilly remarried Catholic divorcees in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”, the official record of Vatican documents and acts may clarify chapter...

Parishes to get euthanasia bill letter from bishops

In the wake of the first reading of the End of Life Choice bill in Parliament, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops will be sending a letter and fact sheet to...

Remembering the core teaching of Jesus at Christmas

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin has sent a very sobering Christmas card this year.  It features a painting of Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn at Bethlehem,...

Missionary built nine NZ churches

by WIGA AUTET “Building a church is not about erecting a building and leaving it as a monument for future generations to admire,” said Fr Kerry Prendeville, SM in his...

Bishops ‘banter’ with young people

Can transgender persons who became men be priests? Are there rivalries among bishops? What is the hardest thing about being a cardinal? These are a few of the questions young...

Hundreds at Catholic youth festival

Catholic youth of Aotearoa New Zealand have made it clear that they are passionate about the Church and want to be “part of forming the things that form them”. More...

From Bethlehem to Holy Cross Seminary

Leaving Bethlehem University was bitter-sweet for De La Salle Brother Mark McKeon. “It was one of the biggest blessings of my life . . . a wonderful opportunity to be...

Destiny Church challenge for Catholics

Many questions and challenges are being raised as a result of parish small group discussions in Hamilton diocese’s “With Hearts Burning” programme, reflecting on the Emmaus story for our...

Ablaze conference inspires Chch for mission

by KEN JOBLIN The second weekend of November saw nearly 200 Catholic parish leaders converge on the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral precinct in Manchester Street for the Ablaze Parish Renewal Conference. For...

Cardinal John Dew has accepted the vast majority of recommendations made by a recent Wellington archdiocese synod, but has chosen not to include three proposals in the formal direction...

Food parcel demand up in South Auckland

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Centre in south Auckland saw an increase in demand for food parcels by 30 per cent just in the last eight months. SSVP...

Reformation anniversary marked in Auckland

Roman Catholics and Lutherans held a special commemoration of the Reformation marking its 500th anniversary with a liturgical service that called for thanksgiving, repentance and unity. The liturgical service was...

Making our parishes into oases of mercy

The way to set England and New Zealand ablaze is to make of our parishes oases of mercy, which radiate Christ.  How and why Catholic parishes could go about developing...

NZ ambassador to Vatican at papal audience

New Zealand’s new ambassador to the Holy See was among diplomats received in audience by Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace on December 14. The...

NZ ministers at audience where Pope talks climate issues

New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Pacific People’s Minister Aupito William Sio were among leaders from the Pacific who had an audience with Pope Francis at the...

Bishop dons skis on southern heights

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin may well have participated in a first for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. While visiting Central Otago to administer the sacrament of Confirmation in...

Featured News

Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...