Friday, February 23, 2018

Mugabe supporters assault priests during crackdown in Zimbabwe

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Several Catholic priests have been assaulted by supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling party and at least one house belonging to the Church has been burned...

Shroud of Turin to be displayed to public in 2010

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Shroud of Turin, revered by many as the burial cloth of Christ, will be displayed to the public for the first time in a decade...

Laudato Si’ extraordinarily holistic, says Bishop Drennan

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, is an “extraordinarily holistic” document on ecology and the environment while drawing the same attention to how the poor...

A new era starts for Island Bay Home of Compassion

by MARTIN DE JONG Our Lady’s Home of Compassion at Island Bay, Wellington, entered a new era on October 14 as the final resting place for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert...

Kiribati people to benefit from Caritas Challenge

Young Catholics around New Zealand are making a difference by stepping into the shoes of the most vulnerable and taking on the Caritas Challenge. An annual event aimed at raising...

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...

Church fire thought to be arson

PARAPARAUMU Parishioners are devastated after St Patricks Church in Papaparaumu was hit by a suspected arson attack on March 23. Curtains near the altar were set on fire...

Lower Hutt introduces karanga on Sundays

LOWER HUTT A karanga, or Maori call of welcome, is being used during the Eucharistic Prayer at Masses at Sts Peter and Paul parish, Lower Hutt, to acknowledge the...

Pope chooses themes for next three World Youth Day celebrations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the themes for the next three World Youth Days in order to help young Catholics better prepare for the international gathering...

New Bible highlights poverty and justice passages

by NZ Catholic staff Poverty and justice are to be highlighted in the Catholic Church throughout New Zealand in the coming months. Cardinal John Dew officially launched the Poverty and Justice...

Calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A grouping of social agencies is adding to calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin. But the Dunedin Refugee Steering Group hopes the move will go...

Bishops say show exploits, degrades those whose bodies are on display

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNS) Two Catholic prelates said they regard the exhibit "Bodies Revealed" that opened on February 29 in Kansas City as "an unfortunate exploitation of that which...

Vatican to help in fraud, corruption case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested on June 28 on charges of fraud,...

Bishops express concern over Iraqi violence

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND – Auckland Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn and Auckland Anglican Bishop Ross Bay expressed concerns about the violence being inflicted on the people of Iraq and...

Sacrifice is heart of Eucharist, Christian life, says French cardinal

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) Sacrifice is the heart of the Eucharist and Christian life, said Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France. To "present Christianity without the cross, or mention...

Anglican archbishop denies offer

ADELAIDE (CWN) — Archbishop John Hepworth has denied reports that he is considering dropping his claim of clerical rape against the Catholic Church, saying there has been no change...

Popular Morrinsville parish priest returns to England

by PETER GRACE After 20 months as parish priest in Morrinsville, Fr Mark O’Keeffe has returned to England. Fr O’Keeffe told NZ Catholic that he came to New Zealand a few...

Catholic character helps schools in time of loss

by MICHAEL OTTO Three Auckland secondary schools are thankful for their Catholic character, which helped inform their responses to the recent deaths of students. Robbie Taylor, 17, from St Peter’s College,...

80 young people come for conference

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — More than 80 youth and young adult ministers are here in Auckland from May 24-26 for a conference that will nourish their faith and give them...

Pope urges people of Great Britain to preserve Christian tradition

EDINBURGH, Scotland (CNS) Arriving in Scotland on the first leg of a four-day visit to Great Britain, Pope Benedict XVI appealed for preservation of the country's long Christian tradition...

Honour for theology work

A New Zealand Marist priest has received a lifetime achievement award in “practical theology”. On May 4, Fr Gerald Arbuckle, SM, received the award in Sydney, the first such award...

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...

Mass translations challenging

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In Italian the verbs "to translate" and "to betray" sound very similar and have given birth to the adage, "To translate is to betray." Msgr. Juan...

Muslim pressure blocks building of seminary?

JAKARTA (Zenit) — Construction of the first minor seminary planned for Pangkalpinang diocese in the capital of Bangka-Belitung province has been halted. Local leaders say that pressure from the...

Warning that euthanasia will ruin the medical profession

The medical profession should stay out of euthanasia and assisted-suicide to prevent tragic consequences for the profession. Wellington specialist in Palliative Medicine Dr Sinead Donnelly spoke passionately against euthanasia at...

Bishops: Paraguayan president’s admission of child hurts Church image

ASUNCION, Paraguay (CNS) The revelation that Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, fathered a child before being laicised has damaged the Church's image, the country's Catholic bishops...

Joyful Polish Catholics make travel plans for John Paul II’s beatification

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) Poland's Catholics have reacted with joy to the announcement that Pope John Paul II will be beatified May 1, and many have made plans to travel...

Cardinal: Proposal doesn’t fix Senate healthcare bill on abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) While welcoming a "good-faith effort" by Senator Robert Casey to improve the treatment of abortion in the Senate's health reform legislation, the chairman of the US bishops'...

Church official criticizes Mexico City’s move toward ‘express divorces’

MEXICO CITY (CNS) The Archdiocese of Mexico City expressed disappointment with the recent liberalization of marriage laws in the Mexico City Assembly to allow for "express divorces," which can...

Student’s sudden death hits school hard

by MICHAEL OTTO Aquinas College in Tauranga is mourning the sudden death of Year 11 student Andy Kim on February 5. Writing in the college’s February newsletter, principal Ray Scott...