Saturday, January 18, 2020

St Mary’s new science block named after former principal

A much-needed architecturally-designed science centre was opened at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby on October 14 to cater to its more than 900 students studying science.    The 1700 square metre science...

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...

Diocese’s pro-life banner ripped off

by MICHAEL OTTO A banner saying “Say No to Euthanasia” was ripped down from a plinth outside Hamilton’s Chanel Centre in late July. This is one of several attacks on banners...

Churches ponder options after insurer withdraws

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — A major insurer of Church buildings will not write any new insurance cover against earthquakes in New Zealand from December — and the implications for...

St Bede’s old boys to fore at Niue opening

Five St Bede’s College (Christchurch) old boys were at a ceremony for the official opening of the conference centre and hotel extension of the Matavai Hotel in Niue by Prime Minister Bill...

Professor notes Pakeha flight from the Church

Although Catholics have been less affected by religious decline than other denominations, it is certainly happening among the New Zealand-born, according to a leading commentator on religion in New Zealand.  Massey University Professor of History Peter...

Hamilton cathedral organists’ talents showcased

by JOHN FONG The pipe organ has long been the traditional musical instrument to accompany liturgical music in the Latin Church. The Second Vatican Council’s Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred...

A step on the journey to Easter sacraments

Catechumens and candidates from throughout Hamilton diocese travelled to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton on March 10 for the Rite of Election. In this rite, leading up to the...

SMSM sisters establish new religious community in Kaikoura

by Sr KATHLEEN RUCK,SMSM For SMSM Sisters Maureen Connor and Frances Anna Remnant their Advent journey began with the invitation of Cardinal John Dew to establish once more a religious...

Land claim uncertainty for college

by PETER GRACE Hato Petera College and Auckland diocese are in the spotlight following the release of a November 5 ERO report on the world’s only co-ed Catholic Maori school. According...

NZ bishops want ideas for 2015 synod

by ROWENA OREJANA New Zealand Catholics are being asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas in a survey, as the Synod on Marriage and Family enters a “new phase”. Palmerston North...

Long-time southern principals leave their schools

by JEFF DILLON The beginning of the third term saw some familiar faces missing in the roll call of principals at three Dunedin Catholic primary schools. In two instances long serving...

‘It makes you weep,’ pope says of refugees’ stories

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE (CNS) -- When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, the pope...

Encyclical named after St. Francis prayer to be released June 18

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures," will be released...

Kiwi cardinal celebrates historic Mass

Cardinal John Dew of Wellington was the principal celebrant at an historic Catholic Mass in the undercroft of the Church of England’s Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. The vigil Mass, which was celebrated on October 1, took place in...

Synod not about trends, Bishop Drennan

by ROWENA OREJANA Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan says the Synod on the Family, which starts this weekend, is not about accommodating trends but about the way the Church views...

Southern school goes shade of hi-tech green

Rangiora’s Catholic primary school has harnessed the power of the sun using a novel implementation of solar power technology. On October 14, a new hybrid solar system was commissioned and...

Hamilton bishop writes pastoral letter on abuse

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called on all parishioners of the diocese to join him in praying “that the cycle of sexual abuse may be broken” as reports on Fr Magnus Murray (who...

Jerusalem Bible on outer with CDW

by ROWENA OREJANA The Congregation for Divine Worship has suggested the use of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the English Standard Version (ESV) for lectionaries in New Zealand...

The Church Pope Francis dreams of

The image of great canoes sailing from island to island across the great vastness of the Pacific that Joe Sapati Moeono-Kolio used in his intervention...

At school event MP backs Catholic education

Marist Catholic Primary School in Herne Bay, Auckland has celebrated the opening of a new school building, which will enable the school to accommodate an additional 90 students. Marist Primary...

SSVdP seminars to focus on renewal and recruitment

A series of regional seminars are being run throughout New Zealand focusing on spiritual renewal and the recruitment of new members to join the Society of St...

Novena, nostalgia, and a nosh-up in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON A weekend remembering the good old days was spent recently at St Patrick’s Basilica in South Dunedin as the past 125...

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...

Melkite Church seeks favour from NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The Catholic Church in New Zealand has been asked by the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Gregorios III, to talk to...

NZ bishops looked at Rite III Reconciliation

by MICHAEL OTTO In recent years, New Zealand’s bishops have received requests from within New Zealand inviting them to look again at the parameters governing the application of general absolution. One...

Pope tells Asians to witness to Christ in all aspects of...

By Simone Orendain SEOSAN, South Korea (CNS) -- Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do. During his homily on the muddy grounds of...

New Palestinian saints promoted women, encouraged peace, priest says

By Laura Ieraci VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The two new Palestinian saints were instrumental in the promotion of women in the Arab world and in efforts for interreligious dialogue toward...

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following...

Pope canonizes Junipero Serra, says faith is alive only when shared

By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person's faith is alive only when it is shared. Celebrating a late afternoon...

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Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...