Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Get a pocket Bible, read it during your commute, pope recommends

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- If you get a seat on a crowded bus, you should use your travel time to read a few lines from the...

Hitman’s target likes being in NZ

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — A mysterious death threat turned Filipino priest Fr Elric Jorquia’s path towards New Zealand. A young priest from a sleepy town in Malaybalay, Southern Philippines, Fr...

Social media, smartphones give young people a new look at Lent

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- This is not your parents' Lent. That's pretty clear when smartphone alarms -- sounding like police whistles -- ring at...

22 new Catholic schools principals

WELLINGTON — Four secondary principals and 20 primary school principals are new — or relatively new — at Catholic schools this year. St Peter’s College, Gore Kate Nicholson is the first...

Catholic decline in NZ ‘alarming’

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — The decline in the Catholic population shown by the 2013 census “is quite alarming”, according to history professor Peter Lineham of Massey University. Statistics New Zealand...

Pope wants top Roman Curia officials to hear confessions in parish...

ROME, (Zenit.org) — Pope Francis has personally directed cardinals and archbishops of the Roman Curia to take turns hearing daily confessions in a church near the Vatican. The parish...

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...

Catholics now NZ’s largest Christian denomination

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Catholics are New Zealand's largest Christian denomination according to 2013 Census data on religious affiliation released by Statistics New Zealand on December 10. The number of...

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...

Pope Francis calls for reform of Church to make it more...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as Pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelisation in a positive...

Pope goes to Confession once a fortnight

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he goes to confession every two weeks, knowing that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, but also knowing that having...

Questions for family synod put online for NZ

WELLINGTON — New Zealand's Catholic bishops have put the questions from the preparatory document for the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome next year in an...

NZ bishops lead Masses for the Philippines

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand have expressed their sympathy to all those who lost loved ones as a result of Super-typhoon Haiyan, and...

Caritas launches appeal for Philippines typhoon relief efforts

WELLINGTON — Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has launched an Appeal and will contribute at least NZ$100,000 to relief efforts in the Philippines following the deadly impact of super-Typhoon Haiyan...

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...

Retired doctrinal head rejects divisive media portrayal of Pope Francis

DUBLIN (CNS) — The retired head of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation said some media portrayals of Pope Francis risk making him appear as a sign of division in the...

Solemnity of Christ the King at St Benedict’s

As we approach Advent with ever increasing speed, preparing these weeks with family for feasting and giving thanks, let's take a few moments to consider how we'll celebrate this...

CDF reaffirms Church teaching on reception of communion by Catholics who...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Amid rising expectations that the Catholic Church might make it easier for divorced and remarried members to receive Communion, the Vatican's highest doctrinal official reaffirmed...

Pope Francis’s extensive interviews in Jesuit magazines

Here is the link to the full text, in English, of the interviews given by Pope Francis that appeared in Jesuit publications last month. http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview

Retired Pope Benedict writes to atheist

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by...

Pope asks doctors to bear witness to life.

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — “The first right of the human person is his life,” Pope Francis said at a September 20 meeting with members of the International Federation of...

Papal cold calls par for course for Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official. Msgr Dario Vigano,...

Two appointments to The Catholic Institute in NZ

WELLINGTON — The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to announce the dual appointments of Dr Chris Duthie-Jung and Anne Kennedy to the positions of Head of...

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...

Pope Francis to consecrate world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a Vatican ceremony on October 13. The “Marian Day” ceremony, organised by the...

Marlborough churches shaken in quake

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — Marlborough churches suffered some damage in the August 16 Seddon earthquakes, while Wellington church buildings seem to have escaped lightly. Terry and Gwenda Costello run a...

NZ Catholic bishops’ submission to Constitutional Advisory Panel

New Zealand’s Constitution Submission of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference E te Rōpū Arotake...

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...

Pope Francis sends message to Muslims for end of Ramadan fast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate...

Cardinal says Pope’s remarks about gays do not change Church teaching

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, a July 30 guest on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference...