Monday, June 25, 2018

Christians against user-pays policy

by MICHAEL OTTO Christian social services have voiced their opposition to legislation aimed at recovering the cost for vetting services provided by the New Zealand Police. The New Zealand Council of...

Politicians told now a very bad time for euthanasia

A New Zealand Catholic bioethics centre has told politicians that there has never been a more dangerous time in this country to make assisted suicide or euthanasia available.The Nathaniel Centre sounded this...

Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to...

Pro-life youth and vigour shocks pro-abortion leader

WASHINGTON (LSN) — When Nancy Keenan, the head of America’s oldest abortion lobby, told the Washington Post she was stepping down, she cited a grim fact that she had...

Pope begs forgiveness from sex abuse survivors

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been...

Pope proclaims Sri Lanka’s first saint, right to religious freedom

By Francis X. Rocca COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Canonizing Sri Lanka's first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the...

Survey shows why Catholics quit the Church

RADNOR, Pennsylvania (CathNews) — In an unusual study whose main results were released at a Catholic University of America conference at the end of March, Villanova University in Philadelphia...

Rotorua gathering for diocese priests

Priests from Hamilton diocese have been revisiting one of the most important aspects of their ministry — their own human formation. The annual priests’ gathering for the diocese — formerly known as the “clergy school”...

Pope Francis sends message to Muslims for end of Ramadan fast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate...

NZ women to kick off world prayer day

New Zealand women started an ecumenical wave of prayer for the world on Friday, March 3, with services throughout the country. Prepared by Filipina women, the liturgy for the day...

New evidence suggests Shroud of Turin dates back to time of...

PADUA, Italy (CWN) — New experiments conducted at the University of Padua have confirmed that the Shroud of Turin dates back to the time of Christ. Giulio Fanti, a professor...

Fr Des ‘wouldn’t change a thing’

After 50 years as a priest, Fr Des Levins says that if had his life over, he would do it all again. “Wouldn’t change a thing. I have no regrets. Everywhere I have...

Church scraps annulment fees

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have decided the marriage tribunal will no longer charge fees for the marriage annulment process. Cardinal John Dew, Moderator of the Tribunal, announced the...

Upgraded facilities mean a brighter future for Cambridge school students

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe blessed the newly-refurbished junior student classrooms at St Peter’s Catholic School in Cambridge on March 9. School principal Grant Stuart said the existing building had been...

60 years as Missionary Sister celebrated

The many and varied activities undertaken by Sr Alice Hardiman during her 60 years as a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary were highlighted at St Michael’s church...

Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue, ‘pursuit of truth’

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Arriving in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said...

No to”one-size-fits-all” policy on food in schools – Caritas

Government policy on providing food in schools needs input from families, teachers and students themselves, says Catholic social justice agency Caritas. Caritas' position is based on a small-scale research...

Vatican acts to protect Pope Benedict’s privacy

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) — The Vatican is trying to protect the Pope's right to privacy after more Holy See documents and private correspondence between the Pope and his collaborators...

Study shows faith affects romance

by ROWENA OREJANA Stereotypes about religious belief influence the choice of a romantic partner, recent research shows. The research by Otago University, the University of Maryland and Oxford University on religious...

Politicians giving people the message at Mangere Mass

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Labour Party leader David Cunliffe spoke at Mass in Auckland early this month. But he apparently won't be the only one. At the 11.30am Samoan Malaeola Mass...

2014 Lent Appeal raises $1million

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — The Bishops’ Lent Appeal raised more than $1 million this year, a figure that is growing as donations still trickle in. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive...

Vatican spokesman says claims pope has tumor ‘entirely unfounded’

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said an Italian newspaper's claims about the pope's health were "entirely unfounded." After checking with the pope himself...

Bishop wants to support gays

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, has set the record straight in a response to a Sunday Star Times article, “Catholics tell gays to...

On sexual and medical ethics, synod fathers speak of ‘graduality’

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN (CNS) -- In their discussions of sexual and medical ethics, participants at the Synod of Bishops on the family are giving emphasis to...

Most 2015 diocesan Mass counts down

by ROWENA OREJANA and PETER GRACE New Catholic migrants kept Auckland diocese’s Mass count up last year. Auckland diocese pastoral services leader Pat Lythe said the number of Massgoers in...

Cardinals elect 266th pope

by FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected the 266th pope on March 13, taking the name Francis. The election came on the...

Icon may escape $10m bill

by ROWENA OREJANA The owner of one of Wellington’s most iconic buildings, St Gerard’s Church and Monastery, is looking at the possibility that it may not need to raise $10...

Pope Francis in Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Interreligious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis' Jan. 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the...

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...

Sisters reflect on Otara school beginnings

At Labour weekend, St John the Evangelist Catholic School in Otara, Auckland, celebrated its 50th jubilee with two very important guests: Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Mother Sisters Clara...