Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Priests help with rescue and support after ship sinks

ROME (Zenit) — Catholic chaplains have been closely involved in rescue and support efforts as 21 passengers from the Costa Concordia cruise ship remain unaccounted for. The the giant vessel...

Pope tells bishops at family synod to speak fearlessly, listen humbly

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis opened the first working session of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops Oct. 6, urging participants to speak fearlessly and listen...

Pope invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Rome to pray for peace

By Francis X. Rocca JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations. The...

Truck crash halts some NZ Catholic 519 South Is. deliveries

Some parishes in the South Island did not receive issue 519 of NZ Catholic dated July 16. NZ Catholic has been informed that the truck delivering the packs of papers...

Pope to young: Be honest, discover what you hold dear to...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis told a group of young people to be honest with themselves and others and figure out what they hold dear: money...

Bishop asks parishes for housing crisis responses

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged parishes in his diocese to consider what responses they can make to address the housing crisis in their areas. In a pastoral letter dated September 16, Bishop Dunn...

Papal cold calls par for course for Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official. Msgr Dario Vigano,...

Second Lay Witness Congress held in Auckland

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — The second Catholic Lay Witness Congress was held on May 3 at St Joseph’s Centre, Takapuna, in the presence of Bishop Patrick Dunn. Eleven apostolates...

Pope Francis calls for reform of Church to make it more...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as Pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelisation in a positive...

Pope begs forgiveness from sex abuse survivors

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been...

Pope Francis gets a jersey

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Wednesday with members of the Harlem Globetrotters, the famous basketball team from the United States. During the encounter, they gave the Holy Father a...

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...

World Catholic population up by 15 million

VATICAN CITY, (CWN) — The world’s Catholic population grew by 15 million, or 1.3 per cent, in 2010: the last year for which full statistics are available. There were...

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 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...

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...

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on...

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...

Pope says married couples called to be icons of God’s love

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Through the sacrament of matrimony, married couples are called to be living icons of God's love in the world, Pope Francis said; and...

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...

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...

Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...

Retired doctrinal head rejects divisive media portrayal of Pope Francis

DUBLIN (CNS) — The retired head of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation said some media portrayals of Pope Francis risk making him appear as a sign of division in the...

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...

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...

Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud...

British government bans burning of fetuses to heat hospitals

By Simon Caldwell MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The British government has imposed an immediate ban on the incineration of miscarried and aborted babies after journalists found cases of hospitals burning...

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...

Christians will face having to leave Syria if Islamic extremists prevail...

DAMASCUS, Syria (CWN) — The leader of the Melkite Catholic Church has told the AsiaNews service that an American-led assault on Syria would be “a criminal act, which will...

Typhoon Hagupit response highlights success of Caritas’ preparedness work

Despite 220kph winds and heavy rains lashing the Philippines since Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Typhoon Ruby) made landfall on Saturday, casualties from the storm have been minimal thanks...