Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Pope ends Korean visit with call for peace and reconciliation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Seoul, South Korea -- Pope Francis ended his first trip to Asia with a Mass for peace and reconciliation in Seoul’s Myeong-dong cathedral during which he...

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...

Auckland Anglican and Catholic bishops support call for Israel’s return to...

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND – The Auckland Anglican and Catholic Bishops called on the New Zealand government called on Israel to return to “its pre-1967 borders as a...

Caritas helps victims in Gaza

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and...

Loneliness the greatest poverty, youth told

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Loneliness is the greatest poverty in Auckland diocese today, says the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn. Bishop Dunn, talking to more than 1000 young people...

Voters asked to make child poverty key issue

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has called on voters to make child poverty top of mind when pollsters ask them what they are concerned about...

Children helped best if adults helped first, says Dr Bradford

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Adult poverty needs to be addressed if child poverty is to be eradicated. Former Minister and Auckland Action Against Poverty spokeswoman Sue Bradford said everyone talks...

Pope asks for international action to help Iraq’s persecuted Christians

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in northeastern Iraq who were forced...

Call to a Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq

by Eva-Maria Kolmann, ACN International Amanda Bridget Griffin Montreal - The international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” is inviting people from the whole world...

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,...

Politicians giving people the message at Mangere Mass

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Labour Party leader David Cunliffe spoke at Mass in Auckland early this month. But he apparently won't be the only one. At the 11.30am Samoan Malaeola Mass...

Seasons for Growth ideal for inmates

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Prison chaplains have found the perfect programme to help them in their work. Senior prison chaplain Sr Veronica Casey, PBVM, said people in prison often have...

Primary principals gather to ‘ignite the spirit’

by ZITA SMITH WELLINGTON — The first NZ Catholic Primary Principals’ Conference in almost 20 years was held in Wellington in June. One hundred Catholic primary school principals gathered from June 26-27...

NZ Bishops support appeal for global prayer vigil for Gaza

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference lent their support to the appeal for a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Gaza. In...

2014 Lent Appeal raises $1million

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — The Bishops’ Lent Appeal raised more than $1 million this year, a figure that is growing as donations still trickle in. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive...

NZ Bishops ask Catholic voters to prioritise vulnerable people when voting

by NZ Catholic staff The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference urged Catholic voters to vote political candidates or parties based on how they plan to protect the most vulnerable members...

Income inequality worse in 2013

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Income figures released on July 9 show that income inequality increased again in 2013. The incomes of the lowest half of income earners have seen no...

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...

‘God’s Earth’ under the spotlight

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The Environment and Sustainability Committee of the Auckland Justice and Peace Commission is calling on parishes to run a programme about Catholic social teaching on care...

At AIDS conference, Catholics worry about reduced funding for programs

By Paul Jeffrey MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- Catholics gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less...

Parish changes on track for Hamilton diocese

by PETER GRACE HAMILTON — The timetable for merging Hamilton diocese parishes is on track despite a message in a parish newsletter, says diocese general manager Greg Scmidt. In the June...

Rural areas may lose the faith, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA GORE — A parish priest in one of the remotest towns of New Zealand has warned of the the urbanisation of the Catholic Church and expressed concern...

150 attend deaf school weekend

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — About 150 ex-pupils, teachers, families and friends have celebrated the 70th anniversary of St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children, a school that closed down 25...

PN priests move

by NZ CATHOLIC Staff PALMERSTON NORTH — The Bishop of Palmerston North diocese, Bishop Charles Drennan, has announced the appointments of four priests in different parishes. Bishop Drennan appointed Fr Craig...

Homily outlines missionary steps

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — The parish priest of St John the Baptist Church, Parnell, Msgr David Tonks, suggests three steps for being missionary. In his homily for Sunday June...

Bishops ask Sudanese government to remove charge of apostasy in its...

by Rowena Orejana WELLINGTON – New Zealand bishops have “strongly urged” the government of Sudan to remove the charge of apostasy in its penal code following the sentencing of Christian...

Parishes must identify risks to develop protection plans

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The 67 parishes in Auckland diocese have been asked to come up with plans to protect parishioners, visitors and people at parish events. At a seminar...

Baptism urged for students

by ROWENA OREJANA HASTINGS — Too many “preference” students in Catholic schools are not baptised, says the Bishop of Palmerston North diocese, Bishop Charles Drennan. The bishop called on them to...

Church understanding spread

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON – On a cold wet night in Heretaunga, about 70 priests and parishioners from Stokes Valley, Heretaunga and Upper Hutt met with Archbishop John Dew to...

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...

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JPC calls for tighter firearms controls in NZ

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has told a parliamentary select committee that urgent attention should be given to the tight control of advertising of all gun...