Saturday, February 16, 2019

Suva prelate highlights keys for Church

by ROWENA OREJANA TheCatholic Church’s credibility lies in how she shows mercy and compassion, said Suva Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. Archbishop Chong spoke on the importance of the Year of Mercy...

Palace reopens doors to Catholics

by MICHAEL OTTO The new royal baby born to William and Catherine will be able to eventually marry a Catholic and remain in line to the throne, following law changes...

Couple’s story captures courage of a French village in WW II

LOVE IN A TIME OF HATE: The Story of Magda and Andrew Trocme and the Village That Said No to the Nazis, by Hanna Schott; translated by John D....

Accomplished music teacher dies

by PAT VELTKAMP-SMITH Musicians and music lovers mourned with the Dominican community the passing in September of Sister Mary Gertrude, OP.  She was a professed sister for 77 of her 97 years, a talented music teacher...

Parish changes on track for Hamilton diocese

by PETER GRACE HAMILTON — The timetable for merging Hamilton diocese parishes is on track despite a message in a parish newsletter, says diocese general manager Greg Scmidt. In the June...

Catholics must take encyclical seriously, priest says

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ has elicited a range of reactions, from rabid criticism to gushing praises. But what does the encyclical mean for the average Catholic? Is...

Priest dies days before 60th anniversary

Northcote parish stalwart Fr Ivan Lunjevich died just eight days before the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. On July 19, a packed St Mary’s Church in Northcote heard Bishop Patrick Dunn pay...

Brief visit from recently ordained South Island priest

Recently ordained Kiwi priest Fr Daniel Mould, FSSP, celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form at St Anne’s church in Te Atatu on June 24. Fr Mould, 30, who hails...

Challenges faced by people with disabilities

People with disabilities want to be treated as people first — rather than by being defined by impairment — and everyone has a role to play in helping bring that to fruition. That was...

Politicians told now a very bad time for euthanasia

A New Zealand Catholic bioethics centre has told politicians that there has never been a more dangerous time in this country to make assisted suicide or euthanasia available.The Nathaniel Centre sounded this...

Calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A grouping of social agencies is adding to calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin. But the Dunedin Refugee Steering Group hopes the move will go...

Catholics speak of being hurt by Church teaching

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — New Zealand Catholics unable to live up to the Church’s teaching on remarriage, divorce, cohabitation, contraception and same-sex unions felt “a strong sense of exclusion and...

New church opened on Bethlehem shore

by PATRICIA BROOKS Surrounded by the natural beauty of Tauranga Harbour and nestled near the Hangarau Marae, a new church dedicated to St Therese was blessed and opened by Bishop Stephen Lowe on...

Massgoers in Auckland diocese quizzed

Sunday Massgoers in Auckland diocese were asked last month about many different aspects of their parish lives.The survey was aimed at providing data to help prepare Auckland diocese’s next pastoral plan. There were 53 questions...

Catholics and Methodists gather in Connecticut

by Fr MERV DUFFY Earlier this year the members of the New Zealand Methodist-Catholic Dialogue received an invitation to send representation to the International Receptive Ecumenism Conference (IRE III) in Fairfield,...

Bishop Barry Jones passes away

by NZ Catholic staff The Christchurch Diocese announced with great sadness the passing of Christchurch Bishop Barry Jones today (February 13,2016) at 3:30 am. He was 74 years old. Christchurch Vicar-General...

Russian Orthodox spokesman says same-sex marriage will lead to collapse of...

MOSCOW (CWN) — The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate says that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of...

Fond farewell for Dunedin choirmaster

by JEFF DILLON On November 9, a large congregation filled St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin to farewell, Michael Francis McConnell, a well-known member of the parish and the wider community. It...

Parishioners hear about merge plans for three parishes

by NZ CATHOLIC staff NEW PLYMOUTH — Plans are being made to merge three New Plymouth parishes: St Joseph’s in the city, St Philomena’s at Brooklands and Fitzroy’s Our Lady...

Jubilarians Mass in Whanganui a first

For the first time since Palmerston North diocese was formed in 1980, the annual jubilarians Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated away from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Parish of...

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...

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with...

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort...

NZ bishops reflect on children of priests issue

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have discussed and reflected upon the issue of children of Catholic priests who have promised celibacy. In a message to Coping International’s Vincent Doyle sent last...

NZ Catholic bishops’ positions reshuffled

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has been appointed president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) following a reshuffle after Wellington Cardinal John Dew’s three year term ended last month. Cardinal Dew became the conference’s vice-president, replacing Dunedin...

Fr Larsen elected to lead Marists

A New Zealand priest, Fr John Larsen SM, has been elected superior general of the Society of Mary. Fr Larsen succeeds Fr John Hannan and is the first non-European to...

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...

The tragedy of Kiwi child prostitution

by MICHAEL OTTO Think back to your first conversation about sexuality, researcher Natalie Thorburn asked people gathered at Baradene College on a cold, windy night in June. “Was it with your...

Pope tells Asians to witness to Christ in all aspects of...

By Simone Orendain SEOSAN, South Korea (CNS) -- Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do. During his homily on the muddy grounds of...

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...

Digital learning programme to 100 schools

The Manaiakalani Education Trust is rolling out its digital education programme to 50 more low decile schools throughout New Zealand next year. Manaiakalani trust chairman Patrick Snedden told Catholic journalists...