Sunday, September 23, 2018

Catholic and Anglican bishops off to Rome

Cardinal John Dew is to be one of New Zealand’s representatives at an event in Rome at which pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from different countries will meet Pope Francis and the Archbishop...

New Bible highlights poverty and justice passages

by NZ Catholic staff Poverty and justice are to be highlighted in the Catholic Church throughout New Zealand in the coming months. Cardinal John Dew officially launched the Poverty and Justice...

‘Our families’ need recognition, friendship, New Zealand cardinal says

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Members of the Synod of Bishops are not talking about "the family," but about "our families" -- real people who deserve recognition, friendship...

85 new arrivals start a new journey

by ROWENA OREJANA As the first Syrian refugees arrived to make New Zealand their home, Wellington Cardinal John Dew and Auckland Anglican Bishop Ross Bay reminded Christians in New Zealand...

Church reluctant to look in the mirror?

by MICHAEL OTTO A member of a pontifical commission to protect minors says there is little appetite in the Church to find out why its systemic response on the clerical...

Catholics cautioned on civil disobedience

Catholics have been warned about the consequences of civil disobedience if they become involved in protest action over fossil fuel use next month. The warning came in the April “Justice Matters” e-newsletter put out by Auckland...

NZ ethicist likes papal call on love and family

by JOHN KLEINSMAN In two days much had already been written about this highly anticipated document , and much more will surely be written on it. Rather predictably, many commentators...

Pro-life ad stirs hornet’s nest

A pro-life advertisement in a Wellington magazine sparked a furious reaction on social media, but Voice for Life says its ad also received much positive feedback. The full page ad, which ran in...

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...

PN priests move

by NZ CATHOLIC Staff PALMERSTON NORTH — The Bishop of Palmerston North diocese, Bishop Charles Drennan, has announced the appointments of four priests in different parishes. Bishop Drennan appointed Fr Craig...

From death wish, depression to being an amputee ambassador

by Beate Matthies Some years ago I was working in a campaign against landmines together with Tun Channareth. Tun is Cambodian and was only about 22 when he stepped on a...

Emergency housing provider James Liston Hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

Professor notes Pakeha flight from the Church

Although Catholics have been less affected by religious decline than other denominations, it is certainly happening among the New Zealand-born, according to a leading commentator on religion in New Zealand.  Massey University Professor of History Peter...

New PP has the experience

by PETER GRACE The appointment of Pa Mikaere Ryan, MHM as parish priest of Te Whānau Tapu parish may create history. The need for Pa Tony Brown to convalesce led Bishop...

Auckland priests meet in Waitangi

Sixty one Auckland priests left behind their parish work and other duties in May to spend a few days at Waitangi. Auckland diocesan priests came together at the Copthorne Resort in Waitangi for an assembly...

Vinnies servants farewelled in commissioning Mass

Leaders from 13 Auckland colleges received their badges at the St Vincent de Paul Vinnies Commission Mass on April 9. In his homily, Bishop Patrick Dunn said this year’s commissioning Mass was during what Pope...

Fr Dan referred to his wife in homilies

by MIKE SMITH Fr Dan Robert Johns, who died on New Year’s Eve, liked to refer to his wife if he had to wake his congregation up. Fr Johns, who...

Synod attendee thinks the Pope’s done a good job

Sharron Coles from Wellington, who attended the Synod on the Family in Rome last year, said the Pope’s document, Amoris Laetitia — the Joy of Love, did not surprise her. “I think pretty...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students currently facing deportation from this...

Two Wellington priests die on same day

Many people in Wellington archdiocese and beyond are mourning the deaths of two much-loved and respected senior priests on the same day last month. Church historian and former rector and lecturer at Holy Cross...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s initial impression of charismatic Catholics was that...

Islands advocate Ursula rises above sinking feeling

by ROWENA OREJANA Catholics need to look at supporting people affected by climate change and environmental degradation in all the contexts that these issues demand. That was one of the messages...

Two NZ lay people at synod

by ROWENA OREJANA New Zealand’s lay representatives to the Synod on the Family being held this month at the Vatican hope their backgrounds and experiences in raising Catholic families will...

150 attend deaf school weekend

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — About 150 ex-pupils, teachers, families and friends have celebrated the 70th anniversary of St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children, a school that closed down 25...

Mayor Tony Kokshoorn talks about his faith

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn shares with NZ Catholic some thoughts about the role faith plays in his life. Can you tell us something of your Catholic upbringing? I started...

‘Safe Church’ plan on the way

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — There is growing confidence in New Zealand that the Catholic Church will listen and act on complaints of sexual abuse. The national director of the...

Arrowtown’s ‘olive leaf’ centre proposal faces opposition

by PETER OWENS A protest group has been formed in opposition to a proposal to build an “olive leaf” design community building next to the historic Church of St Patrick in Arrowtown.  A neighbour of...

Building to start on Christchurch’s new Nazareth House

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — A state-of-the-art aged-care complex is set to rise on the eight hectare grounds of the historic site of the former Nazareth House in Christchurch. “It...

Priest wings into Kaikoura quake zone

Kaikoura might have had its road and rail links with the outside world cut off for days after a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake, but its resourceful parish priest found a way to...

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...

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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...