Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Church leaders seek more action from gov’t

Church leaders met the Prime Minister and Government ministers in the week before the Budget to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. The...

Candidate for Auckland diaconate dies suddenly

by PETER GRACE WAITARUKE — One of 14 men trained and formed for the diaconate for Auckland diocese, Russell Larkin of Waitaruke, died on August 2, 16 days before he...

Lease ruling favours diocese

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A judge has ruled that the Church can ask the Crown to compensate it for the loss of a 999-year lease on the old Holy Cross...

Shape of 2015 synod document now seen

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The working document for this spring’s Synod of Bishops on the family calls for expanded discussion and pastoral solutions to challenges such as how...

Pope baptises 13 infants, urges parents to guide them spiritually

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Presiding over one of his favorite annual liturgies, Pope Benedict XVI baptised 13 infants and urged their parents to educate them in faith, hope and charity....

Strong voice wanted for embryos

CHRISTCHURCH Right to Life wants people to advise the health minister against allowing spare frozen human embryos from in vitro fertilisation to be used for scientific research. The...

Hastings parish plays it safe

The gastro outbreak in Havelock North has seen precautionary measures adopted at Catholic churches throughout the wider Hastings parish. Contaminated water has seen thousands of people affected in the Havelock North community, schools closed for a...

Celebrating Corpus Christi feast, pope honours persecuted Christians

By Cindy Wooden ROME (CNS) -- The Eucharist is the seal of God's covenant, uniting Christians and giving them the strength to bring God's love to others, even when faith...

Kiwis assist tsunami relief at home and in Samoa

AUCKLAND The swift and generous outpouring of New Zealand love and aid to tsunami-ravaged Samoa has included Catholic personnel from both countries. In some shape or form, every...

Archbishop gives Irish audience dos and don’ts on promoting life

WASHINGTON (CNS) The pro-life community must not become too closely aligned to one political party, waste energy on internal bickering or become diverted by false arguments, Archbishop Charles Chaput...

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...

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...

The risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of...

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status -- none of which can give life and joy,...

Archbishop says efforts to stop AIDS must include value-based approach

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) People must be equipped "with more than knowledge, ability, technical competence and tools" to truly combat "the deeper causes" of AIDS and provide "loving care" to...

New GM of diocese faces challenge of growth

by ROWENA OREJANA Shifting the demographics and growing the number of faithful Catholics in Dunedin will be the main focus of new diocesan general manager, Gerald Scanlan. “I think the main...

Caritas responds to massive earthquake in Nepal

Caritas is rapidly responding to a massive 7.9 earthquake that has hit Nepal. The epicentre was between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. Extensive damage has been...

No justification for terrorist attacks – Pope

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Using God's name to try to justify violence and murder is "blasphemy," Pope Francis said Nov. 15 speaking about the terrorist attacks on...

Pope ordains priests, warns of worldly spirit in the Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI ordained 19 priests on May 3 and urged them to make sure their ministry is not contaminated by a worldly mentality. Priests...

Young people ask pope for guidance in facing their fears, doubts

VALLETTA, Malta (CNS) In an unexpected display of honesty and frankness, five young Maltese men and women spoke to Pope Benedict XVI about their hopes, doubts, and fears as...

2016 Walk by Faith graduates

Ten people from Auckland and Hamilton dioceses graduated from the Walk by Faith programme with Diplomas in Religious Education towards the end of 2016.  Most of these graduated at a ceremony at the Pompallier Diocesan...

Fr Gledhill celebrates 50 years

Some 50 priests gathered at St Joseph’s Church, Te Puna, on August 30 to celebrate the golden jubilee of Fr David Gledhill, SM. The occasion was also a pilgrimage of mercy for the...

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...

Papal cold calls par for course for Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official. Msgr Dario Vigano,...

Turkish bishops mark 2000th anniversary year of St Paul’s birth

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) Turkey's Catholic bishops marked the 2000th anniversary year of the birth of St Paul in the southern Turkish city of Tarsus and outlined preparations for the...

Irish Prime Minister on abuse

DUBLIN (CNS) Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has accused the Vatican of adopting a "calculated, withering position" on abuse in the wake of a judicial report that accused the...

African bishops hope papal visit encourages peace, justice in Africa

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A group of Nigerian bishops expressed hope that Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to Africa will spur the troubled continent on a path toward peace, justice...

Church leaders cautiously hopeful over Zimbabwe power-sharing deal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Church leaders expressed cautious hope over a deal signed by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that lays the framework for...

Pope meets Cuban bishops, praises Church’s work despite “limitations”

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The many "difficulties and limitations" placed on the Catholic Church in Cuba have not stopped it from growing and from reaching out to help the poor...

Complaints cut little ice

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Voice for Life and Right to Life has formally asked the Ombudsman to investigate and seek evidence that people going to abortions clinics are being verbally...

Work for young people honoured

AUCKLAND Outstanding work for young people has been recognised with awards to three people from Wellington, Gore and Auckland. Kitty McKinley from Wellington, Susie Jorgensen from Gore and...