Friday, November 24, 2017

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...

Upper Hutt parishioner of many talents honoured

by JOSEPH O’MALLEY A papal honour has been bestowed on Josephine Eynon of Upper Hutt for services to the Catholic Church. On July 30 at Sunday Mass at Our Lady of...

Bishops treading softly with missal translation

by ROWENA OREJANA New Zealand’s bishops will not push for another translation of the Missal from Latin to English but will seek a loosening up of the principles of translation. Auckland...

Upcoming Vatican conference focuses on role of the deaf in the...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In response to numerous requests for how the Catholic community could increase its attention toward the deaf, the Vatican has organised an upcoming conference focusing on...

New Vatican document has NZ implications

WELLINGTON The Vaticans new instruction Dignitas Personae addressing bioethical questions is relevant to New Zealand, according to a local researcher. John Kleinsman of The Nathaniel Centre, the Church's...

Haitian archbishop who died in quake portrayed as a humble man

WASHINGTON (CNS) Haitian Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot was known as a humble man who was close to the poor in Port-au-Prince archdiocese. Archbishop Miot, 63, was among tens...

Bishop enters not guilty pleas

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNS) — Bishop Robert W. Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph, which he heads, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges of failure...

Catholics and Methodists gather in Connecticut

by Fr MERV DUFFY Earlier this year the members of the New Zealand Methodist-Catholic Dialogue received an invitation to send representation to the International Receptive Ecumenism Conference (IRE III) in Fairfield,...

‘Pale’ green light given for school spending

by ROWENA OREJANA Careful borrowing and spending by the New Zealand Catholic Church and the National Catholic Education Office will see more schools built and school facilities updated around the...

Week of devotion to Mary for Mangere parishes

by BRENDAN ROBERTS Candles flickered, voices rang out joyfully with prayers and singing as parishioners adored the Blessed Sacrament at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St Therese church in Mangere on...

Dioceses move priests

by ROWENA OREJANA New clergy appointments in the dioceses of Hamilton, Auckland and Dunedin were announced at the start of the year. Dunedin Dunedin Bishop Colin Campbell appointed Rev Jacob Thevasahayampillai...

Vatican diplomat tells WYD pilgrims Spirit guides them to God

SYDNEY (CNS) The Vatican's ambassador to Egypt told World Youth Day pilgrims that the Holy Spirit will guide them in their relationship with God and stick with them when...

Rotorua gathering for diocese priests

Priests from Hamilton diocese have been revisiting one of the most important aspects of their ministry — their own human formation. The annual priests’ gathering for the diocese — formerly known as the “clergy school”...

Fr Paddy’s 60 years celebrated

Fr Paddy Collins’ six decades of priesthood were celebrated on Trinity Sunday, June 11, at St Francis de Sales and All Souls parish in Devonport. In a homily, Fr Martin...

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...

Human trafficking tops concerns of Catholic institutional investors

WASHINGTON (CNS) Human trafficking topped the list of concerns identified in a survey of Catholic institutional investors polled by the New York-based Christian Brothers Investment Services. The organization...

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...

New Zealand Bishops react with surprise and understanding at news of...

WELLINGTON — It was with some sadness that New Zealand Catholic Bishops woke to the news of Pope Benedict XVI is to resign from his papacy at the end...

200 sisters off to Rome for canonisation of foundress

AUCKLAND Little Sisters of the Poor around the world are looking forward to the canonisation of their foundress, Jeanne Jugan, on October 11. About 50 sisters, residents of...

Marist family celebrates origins 200 years on

by Fr MERVYN DUFFY, SM There are a lot of organisations and people in New Zealand who use the word “Marist” as part of their group or individual identity. To name just a...

Bishop wants to support gays

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, has set the record straight in a response to a Sunday Star Times article, “Catholics tell gays to...

Pope holds meteorite during visit to Vatican astronomers’ headquarters

ROME (CNS) When Pope Benedict XVI officially inaugurated the Vatican Observatory's new headquarters in Castel Gandolfo, a Jesuit astronomer let the pope hold a meteorite from Mars. "The...

Pope to gather with 200 religious leaders at interfaith meeting

WASHINGTON (CNS) When Pope Benedict XVI comes to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington for an early-evening interfaith meeting April 17 with Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims...

Condoms are not reliable in fight against HIV, says African cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Condoms are not always effective in preventing the spread of HIV/Aids in Africa, said Cardinal Peter Turkson of Cape Coast, Ghana. Abstinence, fidelity in marriage...

American bishops address abortion, election in columns, statements

WASHINGTON (CNS) As the presidential election campaign was drawing to a close, some US bishops urged Catholics not to base their votes on one issue alone, while others said...

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...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s initial impression of charismatic Catholics was that...

Vatican, Muslim representatives establish Catholic-Muslim Forum

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Representatives of the Vatican and of the 138 Muslim scholars who wrote to Pope Benedict XVI last October proposing a new dialogue have established the Catholic-Muslim...

Term ‘genocide’ angers Turkey, while pope says memory leads to healing

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized -- not hidden or...

Pope meets privately with Muslim, Catholic representatives

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI met with members of the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee in a private audience at the Vatican on June 11. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and...

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Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At...