Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2014 Lent Appeal raises $1million

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — The Bishops’ Lent Appeal raised more than $1 million this year, a figure that is growing as donations still trickle in. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive...

Brazilian unrest won’t affect World Youth Day, organiser assures

RIO DE JANEIRO (CWN) — Riots in Brazilian cities are not posing any danger to plans for World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in July, the chief coordinator of English-language...

Defence Force struggles to find Catholic chaplains

by MICHAEL OTTO The Principal Defence Force Chaplain says New Zealand’s military is “desperately short of Catholic chaplains”, and more are needed. Wellington-based Rev. Lance Lukin said there are no regular...

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...

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...

Environmental video wins award for Rotorua students

Three students from John Paul College in Rotorua have been acknowledged nationally for making a video about protecting their local environment. A three minute video by Eamon Walsh, David Harrison...

Fond farewell to Forbury church

by Jeff Dillon In what appeared to be a clash of emotions, the formal closing of St Bernadette’s church in Forbury, Dunedin took place on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday...

Ongoing breaches behind hostel closure

by PETER GRACE Ongoing failure to fulfil agreed responsibilities has led Auckland Catholic diocese to close Hato Petera College’s boarding facilities, the diocese has said in a statement. “The consequences of...

Hastings joy at ordination of new deacon

by MARK RICHARDS Sunday, July 1 was a wonderful day of faith, celebration and joy in the Catholic Parish of Hastings / Te Pārihi Katorika ki Heretaunga. Tevita Fakaosi was ordained to...

Caritas working to expand relief outside Kathmandu

Almost a week after the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, and Caritas’ continuing relief work providing those in severely affected Kathmandu with emergency shelter, food, water and hygiene...

Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging...

Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and...

Wgtn council plaque for Suzanne Aubert

Venerable Suzanne Aubert was honoured in a ceremony at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington on October 5, the 92nd anniversary of her funeral. As part of the Wellington City Council’s recently introduced Heritage Plaques scheme,...

Rare Pakistan hospice needs prayer and dollars

by LUCY O’DONOGHUE I am on the board of a charity in Pakistan called St Joseph’s Hospice. They provide holistic long term rehabilitative care, free of charge, for severely disabled people of...

NZ Catholic bishops’ submission to Constitutional Advisory Panel

New Zealand’s Constitution Submission of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference E te Rōpū Arotake...

Aussie invite for Kiwis in Rome

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand and Oceania Catholic visitors to Rome have been invited to make use of Domus Australia, the pilgrim centre established by the Australian...

Marist family celebrates origins 200 years on

by Fr MERVYN DUFFY, SM There are a lot of organisations and people in New Zealand who use the word “Marist” as part of their group or individual identity. To name just a...

Student’s sudden death hits school hard

by MICHAEL OTTO Aquinas College in Tauranga is mourning the sudden death of Year 11 student Andy Kim on February 5. Writing in the college’s February newsletter, principal Ray Scott...

Sorrow at death of prominent Maori priest

by PAT RHODES Pā Steven Thomas Hancy was born in Wairoa on September 23, 1953, and passed away in Whanganui on May 27, 2017. Pā Hancy was ordained at Mohaka Marae...

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...

Forums tackle ‘elephant’ issues

The Young Church Ministry of the Archdiocese of Wellington has launcheda mini-series of forums called “Elephant Issues” to help people who are working in youth ministry deal with tricky or uncomfortable issues.Young Church...

Joy as Far North church restored and re-opened

by WIGA AUTET Dominating the Makora Pa (the birthplace of Te Aupouri iwi) and overlooking the Whangape Harbour, St Gabriel’s church in Pawarenga in north Hokianga was impossible not to...

NZ dioceses ready for Year of Mercy

by ROWENA OREJANA Catholic dioceses in New Zealand are in the final stages of their preparations for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, a time Pope Francis declared “for the...

Youth ministry in Wellington receives a shake-up

by CALLUM TOWNSEND WELLINGTON — Youth ministry in the Wellington archdiocese has received a shake-up, with a renewed focus on mentoring and training to be implemented from early next year. A...

Pope Francis sends message to Muslims for end of Ramadan fast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate...

Church responds to proposed ‘ashes’ bylaw

by TERESA WACKROW With the Auckland Council’s proposed bylaw covering cemeteries and crematoria, debate has arisen over the scattering of ashes. It is timely to consider the mind of the...

Anglican and Catholic bishops urge transparency by Government on Trans-Pacific Partnership

by NZ Catholic staff The Anglican and Catholic bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand called for more transparency concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated, so that New Zealanders...

Journey to Patea to celebrate jubilee with priest

A prayer of blessing and thanksgiving was prayed over Fr John Roberts by the congregation as he marked 40 years a priest to the day on August 19.Thirty parishioners had travelled the 50 minute...

Worrying implications of US court’s gay marriage rulings

ROME (CNS) — The "future of our democracy" is "very, very worrisome," United States Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 rulings...

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...

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Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...