Thursday, January 17, 2019

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...

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”...

Ignorance of faith risks creating cafeteria Catholics, Pope warns

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ignorance of the faith puts Christians at risk of following a "do-it-yourself" religion, Pope Benedict XVI said. People need to become more familiar with the creed...

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...

Australian archbishop: Same-sex marriage dismantles key institution

PERTH, Australia (CNS) — Same-sex "marriage" is not an extension of marriage rights but a dismantling of an institution on which the well-being of societies depend, wrote an Australian...

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...

US Catholic parish in gun buyback

DETROIT (CNS) — An gun buyback programme conducted by the Detroit Police Department at a westside Detroit Catholic parish netted 365 guns. Among the weapons turned in at St Cecilia...

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...

Bible in Schools gets congregation’s backing

by NZ CATHOLIC staff HAMILTON — A Bible in Schools programme in Hamilton is working fine, and there’s no need to change it, according to All Saints Community Church, a...

Stronger, higher, faster path to sainthood

by BETH DOHERTY SYDNEY — “You are what you eat,” said evangelist Martha Fernandez-Sardina as she addressed the 400-strong crowd at PROCLAIM 2012: the first Australian national conference on the...

Archbishop rules out mini-missal for Wellington

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington has ruled out the use of a small spiral-bound version of the new missal by priests at Masses in the...

Candidate for Auckland diaconate dies suddenly

by PETER GRACE WAITARUKE — One of 14 men trained and formed for the diaconate for Auckland diocese, Russell Larkin of Waitaruke, died on August 2, 16 days before he...

ProLife club wins the day in vote at university

by PETER GRACE ProLife Auckland is thanking supporters for ensuring the upholding of free speech, and that it is able to continue as an affiliated club at Auckland University. A crowded...

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Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is a Member of The New...