Saturday, November 17, 2018

No to”one-size-fits-all” policy on food in schools – Caritas

Government policy on providing food in schools needs input from families, teachers and students themselves, says Catholic social justice agency Caritas. Caritas' position is based on a small-scale research...

Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope...

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...

Chanel Shield ‘three-peat’

For the third year in a row, John Paul College from Rotorua won the Chanel Shield, an inter-school Catholic cultural competition in Hamilton diocese.  Both Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe and JPC principal Patrick...

Income inequality worse in 2013

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Income figures released on July 9 show that income inequality increased again in 2013. The incomes of the lowest half of income earners have seen no...

Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman,...

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. ...

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...

Sculpture catches the attention of parishioners

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Wondering about knuckles tattooed with “LOVE” on one hand and “HATE” on the other and how to turn “HATE” to “LOVE”, Hamilton’s John Lewis encountered a scripture from John 14:9...

At AIDS conference, Catholics worry about reduced funding for programs

By Paul Jeffrey MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- Catholics gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less...

Praying Parents Club meets for first time in east Auckland

Praying for one’s children is a must, but it may be easier said than done.The Praying Parents Club was formed by Mel and Rita Nepomuceno to help and support parents in seeking...

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...

Help for inmates studying

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Volunteers have collected boxes of new stationery for particular inmates in the Clendon Women’s Prison in south Auckland. In the middle of winter, the leaders of the St...

On last morning in Holy Land, pope reaches out to Muslims,...

By Francis X. Rocca JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Pope Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Leadership amid many challenges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan was this year’s keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Sydney’s clergy formation conference. The topic given to Bishop Drennan was: “Icons of Christ: developing personally and professionally as leaders...

The risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of...

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status -- none of which can give life and joy,...

New pope, new leadership changed tone of visitation of U.S. religious

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During the process of the apostolic visitation of communities of U.S. religious women, a shift in tone took place. The Vatican's final report on...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Are we truly satisfied in New Zealand?

Perhaps the most famous election slogan in New Zealand’s political history was that which took Robert Muldoon’s National Party to a landslide victory in 1975. It was: “New Zealand the...

Dunedin High Tea for very good cause

by JEFF DILLON An opportunity to share High Tea with Bishop Michael Dooley proved attractive as about 100 Dunedin faithful gathered recently at a former Sisters of Mercy convent, Marinoto House, in the grounds...

Catholics invited to retrace Aubert’s steps

Catholics throughout the country are being invited to consider going on pilgrimage in New Zealand and retracing the footsteps of Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Sunday, October 7, marks the third annual Celebration Day for Venerable Suzanne Aubert...

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...

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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...