Sunday, February 24, 2019

National Bible Convention first for NZ

A four-day national Bible convention in Auckland organised by New Zealand’s Syro-Malabar Catholic community attracted people from Kaitaia to Invercargill.  An estimated 1200 people attended the Krupabhishekam New Zealand National Bible Convention held at...

NZ Catholic Bishops: We can no longer watch ISIS from the...

by NZ Catholic staff New Zealand Catholic Bishops urged government to extend support to Iraqi people who continue to suffer from the hands of the Islamic State. "New Zealand can no...

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...

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...

Wgtn priests fast and pray for day following Pope’s call

Priests in Wellington archdiocese committed to prayer and fasting on October 5 following on from Pope Francis’ August request that the People of God pray and fast in order to hear the “hushed pain”...

Bishop writes to diocese about sexual abuse

Statement to the People of the Diocese of Parramatta on the Royal Commission into Child Abuse 17-18 November 2012 My Dear People This week the Prime Minister announced a Royal Commission into...

Q&A with the seventh Bishop of Dunedin

NZ Catholic put some questions to Bishop Michael Dooley about his future ministry. The questions and answers are below. What would you list as your main priorities as Bishop of...

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...

Catholic blog to end

by MICHAEL OTTO Kiwi Catholic blog Being Frank is coming to an end after eight-and-a-half years of operation. The blog’s administrators announced the decision last month after the last permanent...

NZ did not sign declaration co-authored by Vatican

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand did not sign a recent declaration to a United Nations council, co-authored by the Holy See in support of Christians and other minorities in the...

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...

Bishop’s headstone unveiled

Christchurch diocesan administrator Fr Rick Loughnan blessed the headstone on the late Bishop Barry Jones’s grave on February 12, one day before the late bishop’s one year anniversary. Bishop Jones...

Chch Theology on Tap hosts Aussie singer

by SANDRA RAJENDRAN Christchurch had its first Theology on Tap of the year on April 1 with guest Emma Fradd, an Australia-based Catholic singer and songwriter, whose music is currently...

Pope begs forgiveness from sex abuse survivors

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been...

Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly's...

Imitate Jesus’ humility, thank him for it during Holy Week, pope...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus' resurrection "isn't the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn't the happy ending of a film," but is the result of...

Convicted fraudster to help with investigations

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society hopes convicted fraudster Susan Hagai will continue to help its investigations for possible future civil claims for compensation. In a note...

Hundreds at NZ Fatima shrine for anniversary

Hundreds of people packed Our Lady of Fatima shrine in Meadowbank, Auckland, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima to...

Kiwis encouraged to pray for election

By NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — New Zealand Christian Network is encouraging Kiwis to pray for the upcoming election. National director Glyn Carpenter said: “Maybe this election will be the one...

Lyttelton locals see off brothel keepers

by JENNY McPHEE LYTTELTON — In 2003, the Labour Government decriminalised brothel keeping and legalised street prostitution. Since then, Lyttelton locals have succeeded in getting brothels banned from the commercial sector...

Submission by Caritas Aoteaoroa NZ to the Constitutional Advisory Panel

31 July 2013 Submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel on the Constitutional Review "An authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of a set of rules but...

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...

New vicar general in Dunedin diocese

Fr Gerard Aynsley has been appointed as vicar general and diocesan financial administrator for Dunedin diocese. Fr Aynsley, currently the parish priest of Mercy parish in South Dunedin and of Ranfurly parish, will also be on...

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...

Move for bi-culturalism at the synod

by MARTIN de JONG For Frances Peho Wilson, of Te Ngakau Tapu parish in Porirua, the synod was an event of “total reliance on the Holy Spirit”. Among the optional groups,...

15 entries in Christian Youth Film Festival

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fifteen films made by teams of young people have been entered in the second Christian Youth Film Festival. Organiser Michael Hamilton told NZ Catholic that winners...

New reliquary for church

God’s Holy Spirit not only operates in mysterious ways, but very swiftly, given an experience in St Mary’s Catholic Parish Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui over this...

More parties want easier abortion

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Two New Zealand political parties now favour either full or partial decriminalisation of abortion — and another is talking about making it part of their...

‘Move it’ for a good cause

Senior primary school pupils at St Patrick’s Napier got behind the Caritas “Move It” challenge at the end of term 1.According to Caritas, the Move It challenge focuses on understanding how lack of access contributes to poverty....

Christian Network objects to marginalising of its same-sex ‘marriage’ opposition

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — New Zealand Christian Network says it is disappointed with the tactics of some politicians and media who are seeking to marginalise those opposed to...

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New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just before Christmas.The previous general manager,...