Friday, April 10, 2020

Spotlight on schools as rolls drop

by Peter Owens Although overall roll numbers at Dunedin’s nine Catholic primary schools have fallen only a little, from 795 to 756 in the past decade, the rolls at St Joseph’s School in Port...

Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take...

Rural areas may lose the faith, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA GORE — A parish priest in one of the remotest towns of New Zealand has warned of the the urbanisation of the Catholic Church and expressed concern...

Southerners to celebrate sesqui

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH INVERCARGILL — Cometh the day, cometh the man. As parish priest of St Mary’s Basilica in Invercargill, Fr Christopher O’Neill chairs the committee set up now to...

Mixed emotions as Waikanae church to close

by BOB HOUSTON With the imminent final Mass, closure and sale of the Parata St site of Our Lady of Fatima church in...

Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...

Popular Samoan priest farewelled in Auckland

Auckland diocese has lost a popular priest with the death of Fr Ikensasio Vitaliano on February 1. Fr Vitaliano had been suffering from cancer of the tongue. He was 65 years old when he died at Mercy...

Kiribati people to benefit from Caritas Challenge

Young Catholics around New Zealand are making a difference by stepping into the shoes of the most vulnerable and taking on the Caritas Challenge. An annual event aimed at raising...

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...

Jesus Youth gather in Chch

by Jenny McPhee Praise and worship music with a beautiful Indian sound filled St Teresa’s parish hall in Riccarton on September 9, as “Jesus Youth” in Christchurch celebrated the 10...

Joint sacraments in Mangere

On Sunday, May 27, Bishop Patrick Dunn visited St Therese parish, Mangere East, to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 57 children from the two parishes in Mangere, St...

320 students raise their voices at Jubilate ‘19

by INFORM EDITORIAL TEAM June 24 is the feast of St John the Baptist and is the patronal feast day for Christchurch diocese. On...

Bishop argues for council rates status quo

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has told an Auckland Council annual budget process that the council’s current rates exemptions on land owned by religious organisations...

Diocese’s pro-life banner ripped off

by MICHAEL OTTO A banner saying “Say No to Euthanasia” was ripped down from a plinth outside Hamilton’s Chanel Centre in late July. This is one of several attacks on banners...

Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation, made by parish priest Fr...

Knights’ generosity helps school spiritual development

The Knights of the Southern Cross are helping a group of “south” kids head north — to help with their spiritual development.

Hamilton bishop writes pastoral letter on abuse

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called on all parishioners of the diocese to join him in praying “that the cycle of sexual abuse may be broken” as reports on Fr Magnus Murray (who...

Tamaki misses mark with remarks

Courage New Zealand chaplain Fr Peter Farrant said he would not take seriously the comments of Destiny Church Bishop Brian Tamaki linking the actions of gays, sinners and murderers with some earthquakes. Bishop Tamaki made the...

New editor for NZ Catholic

NZ Catholic’s new editor is the newspaper’s former associate editor Michael Otto, Bishop Patrick Dunn has announced. Dr Otto has been acting editor at NZ Catholic since early July. A former student of St...

Statue replicated for Beatitudes jubilee

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, unveiled a new shrine at Leithfield, just north of Christchurch, on the 25th Jubilee Celebration of the presence of the Community of...

Priest challenges PM in person

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Prime Minister John Key has been gently challenged in person by a Catholic priest to live up to his role of “father of the nation” and...

Radiate Jesus in your lives, CFC delegates told

by NOEL DESCALZO Live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8) and be a light to others as we overcome darkness in our homes,...

New mission centre planned in Napier city

Plans are progressing towards a new Catholic administration and mission centre in Napier city. According to the Catholic Parish of Napier newsletter, since...

Catholic decline in NZ ‘alarming’

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — The decline in the Catholic population shown by the 2013 census “is quite alarming”, according to history professor Peter Lineham of Massey University. Statistics New Zealand...

New woman lecturer for Akld theologate

Good Shepherd College has appointed Dr Rocío Figueroa as a lecturer in systematic theology. She will begin lecturing at the beginning of 2017.  She holds a doctorate in systematic theology, with a specialisation...

‘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...

Students dig deep to help the earth

“It was great helping the nuns, it was fun planting the trees, we loved it”, were just some of the instant responses from Room 8 students from Whanganui’s St...

New Zealander declared a Cardinal

by Simone Olsen Cardinal John Dew on St Valentine's day (11pm NZ time) officially became a Cardinal in a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica, in Rome by Pope Francis. Pope...

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...

Thames parish and school celebrate 150 years

Close to five hundred gathered over three days at St Francis of Assisi School and Parish in Thames earlier this month to celebrate their Sesquicentennial year having started way...