Thursday, October 17, 2019

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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,...

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. ...

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...

New Zealand Bishops react with surprise and understanding at news of...

WELLINGTON — It was with some sadness that New Zealand Catholic Bishops woke to the news of Pope Benedict XVI is to resign from his papacy at the end...

NZ bishops make submission on same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

New Zealand's Catholic bishops appeared on November 28 before the Government Administration Select Committee considering the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to share their concerns over the future...

Group makes new push for euthanasia

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — Right to Life says that it has come to their attention that the Volunteer Euthanasia Society has created a new label entitled “End-of-Life Choice”...

News-making school sticks to Church line

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WHANGAREI — A Catholic college, from which a teacher lost his job after supporting a protest about same-sex marriage, has emphasised the need for adherence to...

Wrong electoral choice can jeopardise your soul, bishop cautions

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CWN) — Strongly criticising provisions of the Democratic Party platform, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield warned that “a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviours...

Young Aussies to call for end to detention of children

CANBERRA (CathNews) — A coalition of young people is banding together to call for an end to immigration detention of children. From September 28, young people throughout Australia will be...

NZ archbishop named as one of 36 ‘synod fathers’

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, is one of 36 prelates named by Pope Benedict XVI to take part in the 13th general assembly of...

New study confirms marriage easily best for children

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews.com) — A new study shows marriage is good for children’s material prosperity, as well as their emotional and spiritual growth. “The United States is steadily separating into...

Priest masters the ABC of parish visiting

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Upper Hutt parish priest Fr Ron Bennett is on track to visit all 1250 homes of Catholic families in his parish by the end of...

First NZ Mass anniversary a focus for Year of Faith

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Pilgrimages to the Hokianga in 2013 to mark the 175th anniversary of the first Mass said in New Zealand, an outdoor Mass at a significant...

From the beginning of creation

A pastoral letter from the bishops of New Zealand to young New Zealanders Dear Kiwis of Generation Y. As the people who entered adulthood in this millennium, you are being wooed...