Sunday, February 17, 2019

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...

God-denier Leah sought not knowing she looked for him

by ROWENA OREJANA Leah Libresco’s search for God, although she did not know she was looking for him and whose existence she denied, went through a winding road of deontology,...

Governor General to visit Pope Francis

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae will be visiting Pope Francis at the Vatican by the middle of May. While the official announcement is yet...

Archbishop rules out mini-missal for Wellington

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington has ruled out the use of a small spiral-bound version of the new missal by priests at Masses in 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...

Honour for all judiciary, says dame

Justice Dame Ellen France, recently appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court, a Catholic woman, thinks that being knighted reflects the work of the judiciary overall.In the Queen’s Birthday Honours,...

From youth ministry to social justice promotion

With his passion for the outdoors, newly-appointed social justice animator for the Hamilton diocese Alex Bailey is looking forward to working in the area of environmental care. “We are all called to take personal responsibility...

NZ Catholic bishops’ submission to Constitutional Advisory Panel

New Zealand’s Constitution Submission of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference E te Rōpū Arotake...

Recognition for Sian’s engineering work

Carmel College former student Sian France has been recognised for her work on the Waterview Connection Project by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Ms France, technical director...

Abortion committee stretching the truth?

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — Prolife supporters are harassing people seeking or providing abortion services, claims the Abortion Supervisory Committee in its latest annual report. However, specific information provided after persistent...

Fr Dan referred to his wife in homilies

by MIKE SMITH Fr Dan Robert Johns, who died on New Year’s Eve, liked to refer to his wife if he had to wake his congregation up. Fr Johns, who...

Encyclical named after St. Francis prayer to be released June 18

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures," will be released...

Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of...

Grace from sorrow: Theft increases devotion to Blessed Sacrament

by ROWENA OREJANA An unexpected grace came out of the theft of a brass pyx with the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch. The pyx was stolen from an extraordinary minister’s car in...

Upgrade for St Peter’s College chapel

by PETER OWENS The chapel at St Peter’s College in Gore is to receive an upgrade and extension. The St Peter's College Foundation has announced that their 50th Anniversary Project will...

Dearth of DRSs discussed in depth

by PETER GRACE The difficulty of filling certain teaching positions was looked at from all angles at the primary principals’ conference in the last week of March. Palmerston North diocese’s manager...

Priest masters the ABC of parish visiting

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Upper Hutt parish priest Fr Ron Bennett is on track to visit all 1250 homes of Catholic families in his parish by the end of...

Pope to live in Vatican monastery established by Blessed John Paul

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican monastery where Pope Benedict XVI intends to live began its life as the Vatican gardener's house, but was established...

On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The crying of Baby Jesus is not the only cry people should hear on Christmas; many children around the world are crying because...

Warning sounded over shop trading hours

by NZ CATHOLIC staff New Zealand Catholic bishops have warned that the rights of workers and their families are under threat as the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill is sent...

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...

End of era for St Mary’s as last Mercy Sister departs

It was the end of an era for St Mary’s College in Ponsonby, Auckland when thelast Sister of Mercy on the school’s staff, Sr Priscilla Kohlhase, retired from her ministry there. St Mary’s...

Catholics now NZ’s largest Christian denomination

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Catholics are New Zealand's largest Christian denomination according to 2013 Census data on religious affiliation released by Statistics New Zealand on December 10. The number of...

An extra special Easter for the Bridge family

by MARK EBERY A total of 13 catechumens were baptised, and 12 candidates were confirmed at the Easter vigil and first Mass of the Resurrection held in a packed-out Cathedral...

Priests’ jubilees celebrated in P.NorthSchool

by EMMA DODSWORTH Seven priests of Palmerston North Diocese celebrated significant jubilees at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on October 10. They were Fr Joe O’Sullivan (60 years), Fr Fergus...

‘The devil exists’ and doesn’t want you to follow Jesus, pope...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A lot of people, even Catholics, think that talking about the devil is completely old-fashioned, but anyone who wants to follow Jesus needs...

Mother Aubert hotspots on River City pilgrim trail

From a pilgrim’s perspective, Whanganui city will become a destination in its own right, and not merely a through-road to Jersualem (Hiruhama) along the Whanganui River, when the Venerable Suzanne Aubert is eventually...

Hamilton clergy moves announced

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has announced clergy moves in his diocese for the latter half of 2018.Fr Robert Sharplin was appointed in Ngakuru effective June 24. Fr Rico Enriquez will move to Tauranga...

Primary principals gather to ‘ignite the spirit’

by ZITA SMITH WELLINGTON — The first NZ Catholic Primary Principals’ Conference in almost 20 years was held in Wellington in June. One hundred Catholic primary school principals gathered from June 26-27...

Country kids reach out to suffering farming families

by PETER OWENS St John’s Catholic Primary School in Ranfurly, Central Otago is small. It has a roll of 62 students from the town of Ranfurly and the surrounding Maniatoto Region. Ranfurly is a...