Monday, February 18, 2019

Students give 3000 hours of service

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WHANGAREI — Pompallier Catholic College students and staff gave more than 3000 hours of voluntary labour to the Whangarei community on June 15. The college introduced a...

Wellington Catholic Church buildings OK after quakes

WELLINGTON — Overall, Catholic Church buildings in Wellington archdiocese have come through the recent earthquakes fairly well, says archdiocese general manager Paul Bayliss. In a notice posted to Wellington archdiocese's...

Pope tells priests, nuns to avoid flashy cars and latest smartphones

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Be joyous, authentic and loving while resisting fly-by-night commitments, catty gossip and sleek cars, Pope Francis told future priests, brothers and nuns. Vocations don't come from...

Vatican to help in fraud, corruption case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested on June 28 on charges of fraud,...

Worrying implications of US court’s gay marriage rulings

ROME (CNS) — The "future of our democracy" is "very, very worrisome," United States Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 rulings...

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...

Brazilian unrest won’t affect World Youth Day, organiser assures

RIO DE JANEIRO (CWN) — Riots in Brazilian cities are not posing any danger to plans for World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in July, the chief coordinator of English-language...

St Joseph’s name to be added to Eucharistic prayers

The name of St Joseph will soon be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used in the Latin rite. The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a decree...

Pope acknowledges ‘gay lobby’ present in Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — Pope Francis reportedly confirmed the existence of a “gay lobby” within the Roman Curia, in a candid conversation with visiting religious from Latin America. During a...

Russian Orthodox spokesman says same-sex marriage will lead to collapse of...

MOSCOW (CWN) — The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate says that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of...

Pope surprises with answers in session with students

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — Pope Francis revealed that he never wanted to be the Pope, and that he has chosen not to live in the papal apartments for the...

Auckland priest appointed Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago

AUCKLAND — The Vatican has announced Auckland-based Redemptorist priest Fr Peter Brown is to be the next Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago. Bishop-elect Brown, who is regional superior of the...

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...

Flooding sees Auckland cathedral concert cancelled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A concert in St Patrick's Cathedral on May 17 had to be cancelled at the last minute after nearby Liston Hall was flooded with...

New form of diaconate for women mooted

OXFORD, England (CNS) — A German church spokesman denied the country's Catholic bishops are divided after the bishops' conference president, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, provoked controversy by advocating a form...

Pope confirms need for reform in leadership group of US women...

At an April 15 meeting with officials of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reported that...

Pope Francis speaks on women’s role in the Church

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — In his weekly public audience on April 3, Pope Francis spoke about the role of women as witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection and, more generally, witnesses...

Group encourages prayer vigils against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A group called NewZealandersforMarriage is encouraging communities throughout New Zealand to organise prayer vigils in support of traditional marriage and against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage)...

New evidence suggests Shroud of Turin dates back to time of...

PADUA, Italy (CWN) — New experiments conducted at the University of Padua have confirmed that the Shroud of Turin dates back to the time of Christ. Giulio Fanti, a professor...

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...

Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in juvenile detention centre

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of...

Puhoi prepares for 150th anniversary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff PUHOI, Auckland — Invitations are on the way to a special group of priests as celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Bohemian community of Puhoi,...

Pope Francis gives first Sunday Angelus address

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Citing a distinguished German theologian and an anonymous elderly penitent from Argentina, Pope Francis told an overflow crowd in St Peter's Square never to despair...

The Catholic Soapbox, March 14, 2013 — our new pope

by GAVIN ABRAHAM At 5.16 this morning, I got the first message from a friend in New Zealand that white smoke had billowed from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel....

Election of new Pope brings NZ bishops great joy

New Zealand Catholic Bishops awoke this morning to the message ‘Habemus Papem’ we have a Pope and the presentation of newly elected Pope Francis with joy, and excitement. ...

Cardinals elect 266th pope

by FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected the 266th pope on March 13, taking the name Francis. The election came on the...

Church leaders write open letter to MPs about marriage definition bill

WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington is among the signatories to an open letter to Members of Parliament ahead of the second reading debate on the Marriage (Definition...

Conclave to elect new pope to start on March 12

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal electors assembled in Rome will begin voting for the next pope on March 12. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, announced the date for...

Final public address of Pope Benedict XVI at general audience in...

The full text of his address: Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood! Distinguished Authorities! Dear brothers and sisters! Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this last General...

Pope to live in Vatican monastery established by Blessed John Paul

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican monastery where Pope Benedict XVI intends to live began its life as the Vatican gardener's house, but was established...