Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Book helps parents combat pornography

The international best-selling book Good Pictures Bad Pictures is now available in New Zealand exclusively from Focus on the Family NZ. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is an illustrated book that...

New pastoral approach does not change doctrine, Australian archbishop says

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While church doctrine must stay unchanged, an Australian archbishop expressed his hope that the Synod of Bishops will the lead the church...

Easter trading plans attacked

by PETER GRACE In washing its hands of Easter trading responsibilities, the Government is failing to protect family time together on one of our few remaining shop-free days, says Caritas-Aotearoa...

NZ bishops want ideas for 2015 synod

by ROWENA OREJANA New Zealand Catholics are being asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas in a survey, as the Synod on Marriage and Family enters a “new phase”. Palmerston North...

Psychiatrist queries pro-life contributions to abortion

Abortion cannot be stopped unless pro-life people understand how they are contributing to it, said a prominent Canadian pro-life child and family psychiatrist. Dr Philip Ney, in an interview...

Church leaders write open letter to MPs about marriage definition bill

WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington is among the signatories to an open letter to Members of Parliament ahead of the second reading debate on the Marriage (Definition...

Joint sacraments in Mangere

On Sunday, May 27, Bishop Patrick Dunn visited St Therese parish, Mangere East, to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 57 children from the two parishes in Mangere, St...

Pope Francis gets a jersey

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Wednesday with members of the Harlem Globetrotters, the famous basketball team from the United States. During the encounter, they gave the Holy Father a...

Pope says respect for religion should limit freedom of expression

By Francis X. Rocca ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Commenting on recent killings by Islamist terrorists at a Paris newspaper, Pope Francis condemned killing in...

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...

Cathedral carpark break-ins concern police

by ROWENA OREJANA HAMILTON — Police are asking parishioners of the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton to report incidents of car break-ins to them, no matter how small the...

St Mary’s royal former student dies

St Mary’s College in Ponsonby has bid a sad farewell to one of its most distinguished former students – the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga. Queen Mata’aho died in Auckland...

Wgtn council plaque for Suzanne Aubert

Venerable Suzanne Aubert was honoured in a ceremony at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington on October 5, the 92nd anniversary of her funeral. As part of the Wellington City Council’s recently introduced Heritage Plaques scheme,...

Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October 29, went down well. The process...

Bishop becomes a ‘parishioner of Matamata’

by JULIE SOUTH “Blessed” is how Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne, CNZM, DD, describes his time in priestly ministry and his life in general. Bishop Browne retired as Bishop of Hamilton on...

Chch Theology on Tap hosts Aussie singer

by SANDRA RAJENDRAN Christchurch had its first Theology on Tap of the year on April 1 with guest Emma Fradd, an Australia-based Catholic singer and songwriter, whose music is currently...

Praying Parents Club meets for first time in east Auckland

Praying for one’s children is a must, but it may be easier said than done.The Praying Parents Club was formed by Mel and Rita Nepomuceno to help and support parents in seeking...

Hospital chaplaincy work is much appreciated

by MATT GRAY Fr Martin Bugler is winding down his chaplaincy duties at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital and easing himself into retirement at the age of 91.Fr Bugler, who has just celebrated...

Building to start on Christchurch’s new Nazareth House

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — A state-of-the-art aged-care complex is set to rise on the eight hectare grounds of the historic site of the former Nazareth House in Christchurch. “It...

Working at marriage relationship for six decades

Vi and Mike Davies, parishioners of 49 years at Holy Family church, Whanganui, renewed their wedding vows before the congregation at the vigil Mass on December 10. The couple have been married for...

Kiwi and Tongan to become Cardinal of the Catholic Church tonight

by NZ Catholic staff Cardinal-designates John Dew and Sione Mafi of Tonga and 18 others from all corners of the world will become members of the College of Cardinals tonight. The...

Palace reopens doors to Catholics

by MICHAEL OTTO The new royal baby born to William and Catherine will be able to eventually marry a Catholic and remain in line to the throne, following law changes...

Tauranga ministers advertise pro-life message

by ROWENA OREJANA TAURANGA — The Tauranga Ministers Association has run a full-page newspaper advertisement to publicise its opposition to proposals to decriminalise abortion. In a full page in local newspaper...

No justification for terrorist attacks – Pope

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Using God's name to try to justify violence and murder is "blasphemy," Pope Francis said Nov. 15 speaking about the terrorist attacks on...

New PP has the experience

by PETER GRACE The appointment of Pa Mikaere Ryan, MHM as parish priest of Te Whānau Tapu parish may create history. The need for Pa Tony Brown to convalesce led Bishop...

Marlborough churches shaken in quake

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — Marlborough churches suffered some damage in the August 16 Seddon earthquakes, while Wellington church buildings seem to have escaped lightly. Terry and Gwenda Costello run a...

Ellerslie principal leaves after 30 years

by SAIRA BOYLE Cheryl Cowan’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St Mary’s School, Ellerslie, concluded at the end of the 2016. Mrs Cowan’s 30 years of service and leadership of the school,...

Jesuit working in Hamilton diocese

One of Pope Francis’ missionaries of mercy during the recent jubilee Year of Mercy has started working in Hamilton diocese.Kiwi-born Fr Richard Shortall, SJ, is to cross the Tasman five to six times a year to visit...

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying...

A retreat in the friendship of Suzanne Aubert

by DALE GREENBURY On February 18 this year, a group of five women from the parish of St Mary’s, Whanganui travelled to Kaupokonui Beach in South Taranaki for a three-day retreat. They took the...