Saturday, January 18, 2020

Church not fast, but must listen says NZ archbishop

by NZ CATHOLIC staff with reports from CNS ROME — At the close of the 2014 Synod on the Family in Rome last month, New Zealand Archbishop John Dew said change...

Leadership amid many challenges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan was this year’s keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Sydney’s clergy formation conference. The topic given to Bishop Drennan was: “Icons of Christ: developing personally and professionally as leaders...

Christchurch Catholic cathedral dome to be taken down

CHRISTCHURCH The main dome of the severely damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch is to be removed over several months to reduce the risk of part or...

Parishes must identify risks to develop protection plans

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The 67 parishes in Auckland diocese have been asked to come up with plans to protect parishioners, visitors and people at parish events. At a seminar...

In Peace Day message, pope addresses death penalty, debt, migrants

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolishing the death penalty worldwide, lifting the burden of debt on poor nations, global aid policies that respect life and revamped...

Southerners to celebrate sesqui

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH INVERCARGILL — Cometh the day, cometh the man. As parish priest of St Mary’s Basilica in Invercargill, Fr Christopher O’Neill chairs the committee set up now to...

Wellington and Palmerston North Catholic secondary school speech competition results

The O’Shea Shield, competed for by students from Catholic secondary schools in Wellington archdiocese and Palmerston North diocese, was won this year by St Patrick’s College, Wellington.

‘Pale’ green light given for school spending

by ROWENA OREJANA Careful borrowing and spending by the New Zealand Catholic Church and the National Catholic Education Office will see more schools built and school facilities updated around the...

New cardinal has high hopes for reform of Curia

by MICHAEL OTTO Cardinal-designate John Dew would like to see reform of the Church’s central bureaucracy lead to better dialogue between Rome and local churches and bishops. Pope Francis has called...

40 Days for Life brings some special graces

by MICHAEL LORETZ On Palm Sunday evening, nearly 350 people gathered on Auckland’s Dominion Rd to pray the final hour of what has been a prayer marathon for the unborn,...

Death of friends drove Renee’s passion against euthanasia

by MICHAEL OTTO There are plenty of secular arguments against the legalisation of assisted dying, a church audience heard in Auckland. About 35 people gathered at St Mark’s Parish Centre on...

211 added to Church

by MICHAEL OTTO England and Wales might have experienced a large drop in numbers entering the Church at Easter, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in New Zealand’s...

Recognition of long-time Howick choirmaster

Public recognition of musicians is rare but enjoyable, said Howick parish’s long-time choirmaster Peter Gilmour upon his receiving the papal medal Benemerenti on July 23. Mr Gilmour was presented with...

Churches ponder options after insurer withdraws

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — A major insurer of Church buildings will not write any new insurance cover against earthquakes in New Zealand from December — and the implications for...

Chaplaincy a bulwark against cults on campus

by LYNDSAY FREER A cult is generally accepted to mean a religion or sect considered by mainstream religions to be unorthodox or extremist, with members often living outside conventional society. The...

Gore school expands

by PETER OWENS Work has started on a $1 million project to expand St Mary’s School in Gore. Principal Annie Nelson said the school roll is increasing and she believes one of the...

Pope Francis calls on European parishes to offer migrants shelter

By NZ Catholic staff Pope Francis called on every parish in Europe to take in one family as he announced Sunday that the Vatican will shelter two families, one for...

Polish Knight’s Cross for Dunedin woman

by JEFF DILLON Some Christmas presents can provide a great sense of gratitude for what the gift represents. This has proved to be the case for Cecylia Klobukowska, one of...

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church hall in Orewa on February...

Filipino priest brings faith and food together

by PATRICIA SISON Close to two hundred people were fed physically and spiritually at the Family Banquet event on November 10 in Tawa Wellingon, featuring priest and celebrity chef Fr...

Chch City Council waives diocese’s $150,000 bill

Financial pressure relating to a new Catholic school in Christchurch has eased, after Christchurch city councillors waived a development fee of $150,617.  According to a CathNews report, city council staff had in fact recommended...

St Mary’s new science block named after former principal

A much-needed architecturally-designed science centre was opened at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby on October 14 to cater to its more than 900 students studying science.    The 1700 square metre science...

Australian archbishop links clericalism to abuse

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Clericalism is at the heart of the sexual abuse issue that has plagued the Catholic Church in Australia. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge told more than 100...

Historic collar owners sought

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit parishioner in Palmerston North and past national president of the Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society Ian Bailey is appealing to the families of the owners...

Rome ecumenism impresses Anglican

by DAN STOLLENWERK It was with great joy that the Anglican Roman Catholic Conference of Aotearoa NZ (ARCCANZ) welcomed back Archbishop Sir David Moxon to their semi-annual gathering at Vaughan...

Couples need to avoid ‘The Four Horsemen’

by PETER GRACE The presence in a marriage of four particular negative behaviours, known sometimes as the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, are strong predictors of divorce, says counsellor, pastor and radio DJ Aaron Ironside. Mr...

US visitor warns against ‘lukewarmness’

by ROWENA OREJANA Moral relativism and “lukewarmness” have allowed the culture of death to take hold in modern society, according to a North American visitor to New Zealand. EWTN programme host...

Wgtn archdiocese synod date changed

The date of Wellington archdiocese’s synod later this year has been changed in order to avoid a clash with the general election. CathNews New Zealand reported that the original date...

Be ready with God’s weaponry; devil is real, pope says

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian life is a constant battle against the devil, who is not the stuff of legend, but really exists, Pope Francis said in...

Multi-talented Fr Paul steps down

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Paul Shannahan, SM, retired in February after 55 years of priestly service. He leaves Akaroa parish, where he has served as parish priest for the past six years.In addition...

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Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...