Saturday, April 20, 2019

Charlie Hebdo killings denounced at Wellington vigil

by ROWENA OREJANA About 80 Wellington Jews, Christians, and Muslims held a prayer vigil at the Kilbirnie mosque on January 11 to denounce the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. The group...

Petition at committee stage

by PETER GRACE Hillary and Peter Kieft’s petition to Parliament asking for a change in parental notification law has been forwarded to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee for consideration. Wanganui...

Wrong electoral choice can jeopardise your soul, bishop cautions

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CWN) — Strongly criticising provisions of the Democratic Party platform, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield warned that “a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviours...

Passing noted of former Akld uni chaplain

The Auckland Catholic diocese is mourning the loss of Dominican priest Fr Aquinas McComb who passed away in Melbourne on July 17. He was 86. Fr McComb was parish priest...

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...

Rare Pakistan hospice needs prayer and dollars

by LUCY O’DONOGHUE I am on the board of a charity in Pakistan called St Joseph’s Hospice. They provide holistic long term rehabilitative care, free of charge, for severely disabled people of...

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...

Brief visit from recently ordained South Island priest

Recently ordained Kiwi priest Fr Daniel Mould, FSSP, celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form at St Anne’s church in Te Atatu on June 24. Fr Mould, 30, who hails...

Aubert’s sainthood may inspire a renewal of faith

by ROWENA OREJANA Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has asked the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to expedite the cause of Mother Suzanne Aubert to help in the “renewal...

Flooding sees Auckland cathedral concert cancelled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A concert in St Patrick's Cathedral on May 17 had to be cancelled at the last minute after nearby Liston Hall was flooded with...

Group encourages prayer vigils against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A group called NewZealandersforMarriage is encouraging communities throughout New Zealand to organise prayer vigils in support of traditional marriage and against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage)...

Auckland University pro-life group disaffiliated

As a result of online voting, the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) has provisionally disaffiliated the ProLife Auckland group. AUSA members were asked if the association should disaffiliate the club...

Long-time southern principals leave their schools

by JEFF DILLON The beginning of the third term saw some familiar faces missing in the roll call of principals at three Dunedin Catholic primary schools. In two instances long serving...

CWL looks to regenerate and open new doors

Raising $14,000 for Mike King’s Key to Life Trust suicide prevention programme as the Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand did in 2015 for their At Home Mission appeal is hardly a...

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...

Catholics and Methodists gather in Connecticut

by Fr MERV DUFFY Earlier this year the members of the New Zealand Methodist-Catholic Dialogue received an invitation to send representation to the International Receptive Ecumenism Conference (IRE III) in Fairfield,...

Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...

New Plymouth organist honoured

Long-time organist for St Joseph’s Church in New Plymouth Margaret Hurley received the prestigious Benemerenti Award from Pope Francis for her musical contributions in the parish and wider community, her unwavering...

Hamilton looks to encounter Christ anew

Hamilton’s diocesan pastoral council has suggested several reasons why numbers are declining at Sunday Mass. In a forum made available on the Hamilton diocese’s website, the council was one of...

Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At...

Soup kitchen wins supreme award

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington was the supreme winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on July 26. The soup kitchen, which has been run by the Sisters of...

Four Kiwis to bring insights to Pope’s discussion on marriage and...

By Simone Olsen Two lay people and two Bishops from New Zealand will travel to Rome to participate in the Catholic Church’s discussion led by Pope Francis on Marriage and...

Emergency housing need on the North Shore

The significant amount of redevelopment in Auckland’s North Shore is affecting a lot of people and impacting on the need for emergency housing. Housing New Zealand started the redevelopment of...

Inauguration Masses held for six new parishes

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew announced the formation of six new parishes in Wellington, effective from February 1. The move forms part of the restructuring of...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students currently facing deportation from this...

Primary schooling headache in the south

by Peter Owens Dunedin diocese was the first in New Zealand to support a coeducational secondary boarding school, when St Peter’s College in Gore was founded in 1969. Since then a number of Catholic secondary...

Ministers gather for Christian milestone

by ROWENA OREJANA Ministers from different faiths in Auckland gathered on November 27 to pray for the nation, the city and for the Church — and to celebrate the 200th anniversary...

Catholic service at national scouting jamboree

by EDMUND LE GRELLE Over New Year, the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree was held in Marlborough. Renwick was the venue where more than 4200 scouts and leaders camped for 10 days. Scouts...

Website targets pro-life helpers

WELLINGTON (Lifesite-News) — Pro-life health practitioners and crisis pregnancy centres in New Zealand are the target of a new website which is said to intend to intimidate those who choose...

Caritas runs deficit to use up its reserves

by MICHAEL OTTO Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is budgeting for financial deficits for several years after having a deficit of $700,000 in the year ended December, 2014. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand...

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Akld Rosary Procession to finish after 20 years

Organisers of Auckland’s annual Candlelight Rosary Procession at Sacred Heart College on the first Sunday of October have decided not to carry on with the event. Co-organiser Colin Pratt said that it was...