Saturday, November 17, 2018

Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...

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...

Church responds to proposed ‘ashes’ bylaw

by TERESA WACKROW With the Auckland Council’s proposed bylaw covering cemeteries and crematoria, debate has arisen over the scattering of ashes. It is timely to consider the mind of the...

College loses gentle soul and passionate educator

St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) deputy principal Susan Mary Armstrong was farewelled for the last time by her loved ones, school staff and students at the school’s sports centre...

Understanding Amoris Laetitia

By Dr Rocio Figueroa When the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia was published it had an incredible media coverage both within the Catholic Church and in secular society. Unfortunately, the discussion...

Did Pope Francis get what he wanted from the synod?

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the...

Mega-brothel demise welcomed

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Opponents of the controversial “super-brothel” in the heart of Auckland are relieved that the Chow brothers have backed down from the project. This came after a lengthy...

Blessed Paul, the great helmsman

by FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as...

Much loved colleague farewelled in Akld

Staff of Auckland diocese paid their last respects to their much loved colleague Myra Crawford at a requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on September 19. Mrs Crawford, 79, passed away on September 12....

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...

Leadership amid many challenges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan was this year’s keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Sydney’s clergy formation conference. The topic given to Bishop Drennan was: “Icons of Christ: developing personally and professionally as leaders...

Pope praises priest slain by mafia

PALERMO, Sicily (CWN) and (Zenit) — Father Giuseppi (Pino) Puglisi, who was born in 1937 and slain by the Mafia in 1993, was beatified as a martyr on May...

Hamilton bishop knight chaplain in equestrian order

by PAT McCARTHY Seven new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were invested in a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, on September 15. The grand master of the order,...

Theology becoming lay gift, says theologian

by PETER GRACE OKOROIRE — Theological expertise will move more into the hands of laypeople, according to Australian theologian Fr Gerald O’Collins, SJ. Fr O’Collins was the main presenter at the...

NZ bishops call for simpler Christmas

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are asking their congregations and the wider community to remember in their Christmas preparations those people who struggle to put food on their table for...

UK MPs criticise Iran for religious persecution

LONDON (BWNS) — Members of Parliament here have sharply criticised Iran for its human rights violations, focusing especially on the "steep rise" in the persecution of religious minorities. In a...

Junior boarding to go

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Catholic Maori college Hato Petera in Auckland has decided it can no longer meet the needs of years 9 and 10 pupils. The school announced that it...

Many firsts as new Moerewa church opened

by WIGA AUTET More than 400 people — the living stones of the local Church — gathered inMoerewa, Bay of Islands, on a windy Saturday afternoon on January 21, to rejoice at...

An extra special Easter for the Bridge family

by MARK EBERY A total of 13 catechumens were baptised, and 12 candidates were confirmed at the Easter vigil and first Mass of the Resurrection held in a packed-out Cathedral...

Cardinal Dew gets special synod role

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis has appointed Wellington Cardinal John Dew as one of his personal representatives to the 2015 Synod on the Vocation and Mission of the Family to...

Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging...

Group makes new push for euthanasia

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — Right to Life says that it has come to their attention that the Volunteer Euthanasia Society has created a new label entitled “End-of-Life Choice”...

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with...

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort...

Typhoon Hagupit response highlights success of Caritas’ preparedness work

Despite 220kph winds and heavy rains lashing the Philippines since Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Typhoon Ruby) made landfall on Saturday, casualties from the storm have been minimal thanks...

New Zealander declared a Cardinal

by Simone Olsen Cardinal John Dew on St Valentine's day (11pm NZ time) officially became a Cardinal in a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica, in Rome by Pope Francis. Pope...

Furnishings of three churches sold at auction

by PETER OWENS Following the sale at auction of three Catholic churches in Eastern Southland, some of the non-ecclesiastical furnishings of the churches have also been sold. In early March, St...

Nine schools form first faith-based group

by PETER GRACE Nine Catholic schools have become the first faith-based “community of learning” in New Zealand as part of a key government education programme. Communities of learning are at...

Rare Pakistan hospice needs prayer and dollars

by LUCY O’DONOGHUE I am on the board of a charity in Pakistan called St Joseph’s Hospice. They provide holistic long term rehabilitative care, free of charge, for severely disabled people of...

Serve, care for each other, pope tells families at closing Mass

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each...

Hospice helps Lecretia in her last days

by PETER GRACE A brain cancer sufferer who had argued in court she should be allowed the right to have assistance, if required, to kill herself, has died. Lecretia Seales died of...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...