Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Much-loved Samoan pastor Msgr Tevaga dies

A well-loved and respected Samoan priest, Msgr Lui Tevaga, died in Auckland on July 12, aged 72. Msgr Tevaga was ordained to the presbyterate by Blessed Pope Paul VI...

Gore school wins Bishop’s shield

The 73rd annual Bishop’s Shield Otago and Southland Catholic Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition has been taken out by St Peter’s College from Gore, after finishing runners up the last two years. This...

Faith networking integral

by CAMERON TAYLOR Earthquakes destroyed many of Christchurch’s beautiful church buildings, but the latest All Right? survey shows churches and other faith networks are integral to the wellbeing of many Cantabrians. A...

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,...

Joy comes from faith, not doctrine, pope says

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God's law is about love for God and for others, not cold, abstract doctrine, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. "It's sad to...

Sri Lankans honour Mary

A group of Sri Lankan families in Auckland has been keeping their Catholic culture alive by coming together once a month for the last 15 years to recite the rosary, pray the Divine...

A new safeguarding course

The first 19 graduates a Diploma of Advanced Studies, “Safeguarding Minors”, from the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection (CCP) received their qualifications in June. The one term programme educates international students as prevention experts to...

Blenheim priest pleads guilty to indecent assault

by NZ CATHOLIC staff BLENHEIM --Former St Mary's Catholic Church priest pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault. Father Aidan Kay, 71, formerly of St Mary's Catholic Church, appeared in...

How Christianity can save capitalism

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Young Catholics in business can help strengthen morality in the world by “loving thy neighbour”, according to retired engineer, businessman and company director Peter Menzies. Mr...

Plans for new Queenstown school under revision

by PETER OWENS The rapid growth of the Catholic community in the Queenstown area has caused Dunedin diocese to revise its plans for a new Catholic primary school. Although the...

Hui focuses on Christian heritage of the Treaty

by ROWENA OREJANA Have Christians kept up to date in the development of a theology related to the Treaty of Waitangi? This was the question posed by Auckland University Associate Professor Manuka...

Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

By Francis X. Rocca MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Pope Francis told a crowd of an estimated 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family "against insidious attacks...

Emergency housing provider James Liston Hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

Hui considers structure for Katorika Maori Commission

by SARAH SPARKS “We probably got what we came for” said Rangi Davis, a member of the Katorika Māori Steering Committee thatpresented...

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...

Two Catholic schools hide identity?

A senior Christchurch diocese priest has gone public with concerns over what he saw as the secular way two Catholic schools presented themselves in a local newspaper. In a posting on his blog...

Happy 100th for Fr Timmerman

By LYNDSAY FREER Much loved Mill Hill priest Fr Anton Timmerman celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday January 19 with a Mass at Mercy Parklands Hospital and Retirement Home in...

New teaching resource aimed at nurturing Northland treasure

by NZ CATHOLIC STAFF Caritas has developed an 80-page guide for teachers in ways to nurture kaitiakitanga (stewardship) of the Warawara Forest in Northland. It is called Te Warawara: Te...

Far North parishes hear about latest plan

by ANNE STEAD KAIKOHE — Members of far-flung Taitokerau parishes assembled again this year in Kaikohe for the Bishop’s Forum, led by Bishop Patrick Dunn and his diocesan team. Bishop Dunn...

Papal medal for Auckland interfaith leader

The founder and chairperson of the Mother Teresa Interfaith Committee in Auckland, Wenceslaus Anthony, MNZM, has received the highest papal medal that can be received by a lay person. On...

Panel ponders staying loyal to the Church today

by JEFF DILLON A panel discussion with a difference attempted to wrap up the thoughts emerging from the two days at the National Parish...

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...

Two threats of our age seen

by ROWENA OREJANA Marist priest Fr Neil Vaney, SM, has warned of two movements that aim to replace religion in the modern world: Futurism and Transhumanism. In a lecture at the...

Pat Veltkamp Smith – an admired Southland journalist

by PETER OWENS and PAT McCARTHY St Theresa’s Church in North Invercargill, one of the largest churches in Southland, was filled on March...

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...

Refugee success story thanks to Kiwi kindness

by JUDITH WILLIAMS The national discussion around New Zealand’s intake of refugees fleeing the Middle East crisis reminded me of another refugee situation involving a New Zealand Catholic parish in the 1980s. The main player...

Hamilton clergy appointments

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe announced the appointments of several priests in new roles.These appointments took effect in May. Fr Santey Kizhakkinedath, SDB, was made chaplain of Tyburn Monastery at Ngakuru,...

Parishes told to toe the line

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Some parishes in Wellington archdiocese are reportedly not reviewing Mass times and their number of Masses in line with their number of priests, as they...

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...

St Peter’s bones to be publicly venerated at end of Year...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For the first time, the bones traditionally believed to be the relics of St Peter the Apostle will be on public display for veneration. Archbishop Rino...