Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pope Francis speaks on women’s role in the Church

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — In his weekly public audience on April 3, Pope Francis spoke about the role of women as witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection and, more generally, witnesses...

Sisters reflect on Otara school beginnings

At Labour weekend, St John the Evangelist Catholic School in Otara, Auckland, celebrated its 50th jubilee with two very important guests: Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Mother Sisters Clara...

Country kids reach out to suffering farming families

by PETER OWENS St John’s Catholic Primary School in Ranfurly, Central Otago is small. It has a roll of 62 students from the town of Ranfurly and the surrounding Maniatoto Region. Ranfurly is a...

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...

Environmental video wins award for Rotorua students

Three students from John Paul College in Rotorua have been acknowledged nationally for making a video about protecting their local environment. A three minute video by Eamon Walsh, David Harrison...

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...

Fewer Sunday Masses in Invercargill ahead of merger

by PETER OWENS The merger of the four parishes in Invercargill will take place about the first Sunday in Advent this year, according to St Mary’s parish priest Fr Chris...

Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and...

Burial costs can be a burden

by PETER GRACE Anyone likely to have to pay for a cremation or burial funeral in 2015 should be prepared to hand over more than $6000 for the former —...

Dunedin diocese restructuring

The diocese of Dunedin is undergoing a major restructuring aimed at addressing the financial difficulties it is facing. This was confirmed by Bishop Colin Campbell who said, “at this...

Caritas responding to growing homeless crisis in Vanuatu

With more than half the population of Vanuatu homeless, the arrival in Port Vila of 2,000 tarpaulins in the next few days, to be used as temporary shelters, will...

Pope Francis sends condolences to families of plane crash victims

by NZ Catholic staff Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of a plane crash in the French Alps. Vatican Radio reported Cardinal Pietro...

Faith-at-work challenges discussed

by ROWENA OREJANA Catholic executives in the public sector have found ways to deal with challenges to living their faith in secular environments. Three speakers at the Catholic Community Networking...

Pope Francis ‘excommunicates’ mafia

Vatican Radio -- Pope Francis concluded his one-day trip to the southern Italian region of Calabria with strong words against the Calabrian mafia, calling it “adoration of evil and...

Priest who died at Christmas was buried on birthday

Auckland priest Fr Patrick (Paddy) Collins died on Christmas Day and was buried four days later on what would have been his 86th birthday. At a Requiem Mass at St...

Priest masters the ABC of parish visiting

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Upper Hutt parish priest Fr Ron Bennett is on track to visit all 1250 homes of Catholic families in his parish by the end of...

Seales’ case ‘upped the ante’ on euthanasia

by ROWENA OREJANA The case of Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales, who asked the High Court to allow her the right to die, has “upped the ante” on euthanasia, says a...

Christians will face having to leave Syria if Islamic extremists prevail...

DAMASCUS, Syria (CWN) — The leader of the Melkite Catholic Church has told the AsiaNews service that an American-led assault on Syria would be “a criminal act, which will...

Discourage mixed marriages, women accepting abuse, some say at synod

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Observers told the Synod of Bishops on the family to discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men, urge priests not to tell women...

Commission pans liquor tactics

Auckland diocese’s Commission for Justice and Peace has criticised provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that have been used to delay the introduction of a...

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach...

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...

God speaks in whispers, so silence needed before Christmas, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If silence is not one of the sounds associated with Christmas preparations, chances are people will miss an experience of the love and tenderness that...

Ellerslie principal leaves after 30 years

by SAIRA BOYLE Cheryl Cowan’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St Mary’s School, Ellerslie, concluded at the end of the 2016. Mrs Cowan’s 30 years of service and leadership of the school,...

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...

Apostleship of the Sea drops anchor in south

by ROWENA OREJANA CHRISTCHURCH — The Apostleship of the Sea New Zealand is to re-establish its services to an estimated 5000 seafarers in Lyttelton by the second half of the...

Soup kitchen wins supreme award

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington was the supreme winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on July 26. The soup kitchen, which has been run by the Sisters of...

Gain for foreign workers still not enough?

by PETER GRACE Overseas foreign workers have gained something from a new international agreement, but more is needed, says Christchurch priest Fr Jim Consedine. In September, Workplace Relations and Safety and...

20 Auckland Catholic schools collect cans to help families at Christmas

A project involving 20 Auckland Catholic schools and the diocesan centre has seen 8000 cans of food collected to help families in need at Christmas. The Cans for Christmas...

Synod members disagree on report’s opening to Communion for remarried

By Robert Duncan and Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Australian Cardinal George Pell said the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the family did not create an...

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Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...