Friday, November 16, 2018

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...

Pope to retire to cloistered monastery in Vatican

Pope Benedict plans to retire to a former cloistered monastery within the Vatican, the director of the Vatican press office has disclosed. Father Federico Lombardi told reporters that immediately after...

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...

Pope Benedict’s pontificate marked by teaching, call to return to faith

By John Thavis and Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During his almost eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI impressed the world as a teacher, guiding...

Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Pope Benedict has stunned the Catholic Church and the world by announcing that he would resign from the See of Rome on February 28. National Catholic Reporter Vatican senior...

NZ priests to hear international speakers

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Renowned American papal biographer and Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr, will join former Dominican master general Fr Timothy Radcliffe and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle,...

Vatican guidelines to discourage showmanship, entertainment at Mass

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing guidelines for priests on how to celebrate Mass properly, the Zenit news agency reports. In a January 15 address, Cardinal Antonio Canizares,...

Church responds to Aust sex abuse inquiry terms of reference

CANBERRA — The chief executive of the Australian Catholic Church’s newly-formed Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan responded on January 11 to the terms of reference for the...

Pope sends message of concern about Tasmanian fire destruction

HOBART — Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his sadness and concern at destruction caused by bush fires in Tasmania. A letter to Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart written on...

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...

Bomb attack on military base church worries cardinal

LAGOS, Nigeria (CathNews) — Nigeria's new cardinal has spoken of his dismay following a deadly attack on a church inside a major military establishment, saying that it shows nowhere...

Priest dismissed because of public support for women’s ordination

WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a...

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...

Reports on housing and food to be launched

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Poverty Action Waikato is releasing two reports this week — on housing and on food. The reports are about whānau and communities working together to...

Chinese think tank calls for change to one child policy

BEIJING (CWN) — A Chinese think-tank with close ties to the government has called for a change in the country’s brutal “one-child” policy. "China has paid a huge political and...

Pope prays for Hurricane Sandy victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI expressed his concern for everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy and encouraged all those working to rebuild from the disaster. "Conscious of the devastation...

Vatican could consider Lutheran ordinariate structure

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a hypothetical proposal by Lutherans to...

Vatican says it is willing to be patient with SSPX in...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — "Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed" as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St Pius X, said...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...