Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hamilton cathedral organists’ talents showcased

by JOHN FONG The pipe organ has long been the traditional musical instrument to accompany liturgical music in the Latin Church. The Second Vatican Council’s Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred...

Drug risk seen in joint legalisation effort

by ROWENA OREJANA Medical marijuana has, in some ways, turned the development of medicine on its head. Interest groups wanting the recreational use of marijuana legalised have joined with people who...

Furnishings of three churches sold at auction

by PETER OWENS Following the sale at auction of three Catholic churches in Eastern Southland, some of the non-ecclesiastical furnishings of the churches have also been sold. In early March, St...

Sexual abuse film described as ‘powerful’

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand’s National Office for Professional Standards director has described as “powerful” a film now showing in this country about the uncovering of a child sexual abuse scandal...

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...

Thames parish and school celebrate 150 years

Close to five hundred gathered over three days at St Francis of Assisi School and Parish in Thames earlier this month to celebrate their Sesquicentennial year having started way...

Family retreat led by Indian priest

by JACOB ANITHOTTAM The Syro Malabar Catholic Community in Auckland was blessed with the presence of Fr Mathew Elavumkal, VC, who is the director of the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor...

Meeting won’t change decision, says diocese

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Auckland diocese will hold to its decision to close Hato Petera College boarding facilities, even though a delegation on behalf of college families was seeking a...

Hundreds at Hui Aranga in Tauranga

There were 600 Māori Catholics from throughout the North Island at Aquinas College in Tauranga over Easter for the annual Hui Aranga. Eleven teams from the Hokianga to Wellington attended...

Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New Zealand” about vulnerable children. Mrs Moss,...

Busy Whanganui couple celebrate 60 years married

“60 years of marriage have gone by very fast because, having a large family, we’ve been constantly involved in their lives throughout,” said Marie and Gary Joblin of St...

Aranui Sisters of Mercy farewelled by parishioners

by Sr MARY WOOD, RSM The Aranui Sisters of Mercy were farewelled by a gathering of parishioners from the Catholic Parish of Christchurch East on May 27. The parish is...

Call to a Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq

by Eva-Maria Kolmann, ACN International Amanda Bridget Griffin Montreal - The international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” is inviting people from the whole world...

184 years since Aubert’s birth

Weekday Mass attendees at St Mary’s church Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui marked the birth date of Venerable Suzanne Aubert (184 years ago) with Mass...

Poverty in an affluent society a statement from the New Zealand...

Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his being for all; it makes it our own way of beingThe love of God is revealed in responsibility for...

Farewell to Polish refugee who had remarkable life

The life of Helena Wanda Ellis, a leading light in Auckland’s Polish community, was a story of resilience, tragedy, faith and love that is quite remarkable. This was the consensus...

Wanganui Catholic properties recover from flooding

by SUE SECONI Wanganui Catholic schools and parish communities were badly affected by the city’s worst flooding since records began. Ninety millimetres of rain fell on June 20 alone, which...

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...

Visiting bishop warns of dangers in globalisation

by BEATE MATTHIES AUCKLAND — The economic dimension of globalisation places productivity and effectiveness as the values that orient human relationships, according to a visiting bishop from Guatemala. Msgr Álvaro Ramazzini, Bishop...

Catholics must take encyclical seriously, priest says

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ has elicited a range of reactions, from rabid criticism to gushing praises. But what does the encyclical mean for the average Catholic? Is...

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...

40 Days for Life can be last line of defence

40 Days for Life chairman Matt Britton assured pro-lifers in New Zealand that they are not alone as Lent ushered in the fourth such nationwide campaign to end abortion...

Poverty seen at school: Walsh

by PETER GRACE The latest decile review has shown up a poverty fault line in New Zealand schools, according to the principal of John Paul College in Rotorua, Patrick Walsh. Mr Walsh...

Pope condemns ‘cruel abominations’ of Belgium attacks

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Assuring his prayers for the victims and families of the terrorist attack in Brussels, Pope Francis condemned the "cruel abominations" and prayed...

Caritas helps victims in Gaza

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and...

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...

Friars seek help for friary renovation

St Francis Retreat Centre on Hillsborough Rd in Auckland is closed for renovations until the end of August. This is the first time the friary has been closed for...

Young Vinnies help Wairarapa foodbank

by SUSAN WALKER The Term Two project for the Chanel Young Vinnies at Chanel College in Masterton was to “feed the hungry”.

SJV House completion in sight

St John Vianney House, a home for retired priests in Auckland, is expected to be completed by February 9 next year. Auckland Council of Priests chairman Msgr Paul Farmer, who...

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following...