Sunday, February 17, 2019

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...

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...

Celebrity chef priest to tell of food and God’s love

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and TV show host — Fr Leo Patalinghug — is coming to New Zealand in November with a message that centres around...

Pro-life youth and vigour shocks pro-abortion leader

WASHINGTON (LSN) — When Nancy Keenan, the head of America’s oldest abortion lobby, told the Washington Post she was stepping down, she cited a grim fact that she had...

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...

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...

Anderton a man of principle

Msgr Brendan Daly started off his homily at the funeral of former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Jim Anderton, CNZM, with a salutary story. The priest told the congregation...

Religious, consecrated persons thanked at Mass

A “Thanksgiving Mass for Religious and Consecrated Persons” was celebrated at Christ the King church in Owairaka on May 26, the feast day of St Philip Neri. A similar...

Hamilton to halve number of parishes

by ROWENA OREJANA HAMILTON — Hamilton Bishop Denis Browne has announced a drastic reduction in the number of parishes in the diocese from 36 to 17, after a round of...

Vatican spokesman says claims pope has tumor ‘entirely unfounded’

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said an Italian newspaper's claims about the pope's health were "entirely unfounded." After checking with the pope himself...

Soup kitchen wins supreme award

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington was the supreme winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on July 26. The soup kitchen, which has been run by the Sisters of...

Blood spilled for drone victims

Protestors spilled their own blood on the steps of the Government Security Communications Bureau building in Wellington on March 3 as part of a protest action that called attention...

New evidence suggests Shroud of Turin dates back to time of...

PADUA, Italy (CWN) — New experiments conducted at the University of Padua have confirmed that the Shroud of Turin dates back to the time of Christ. Giulio Fanti, a professor...

Devices can become vices

by MICHAEL OTTO Androids, iPhones, iPads, Tablets and Kindles are everywhere these days — even in the confessional. During a homily at Warrane College in Sydney in August, Archbishop Anthony Fisher,...

Church leaders seek more action from gov’t

Church leaders met the Prime Minister and Government ministers in the week before the Budget to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. The...

New prison chaplain commissioned at Raglan

Peter Finlay was commissioned in his ministry as prison chaplain at Holy Name parish, Raglan during the regular weekend Mass, on Saturday July 22. The senior Catholic prison chaplain, Sr...

From youth ministry to social justice promotion

With his passion for the outdoors, newly-appointed social justice animator for the Hamilton diocese Alex Bailey is looking forward to working in the area of environmental care. “We are all called to take personal responsibility...

Pope on Palm Sunday: Where is my heart before the suffering...

Vatican Radio -- "Who am I?" This was the central question of Pope Francis’ homily during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, where 100,000 had gathered from around the...

Get a pocket Bible, read it during your commute, pope recommends

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- If you get a seat on a crowded bus, you should use your travel time to read a few lines from the...

ANZAC service in River City remembers

Since 1946, returned soldiers have paraded at the ANZAC Mass in St Mary’s Catholic church in Whanganui, but this year there were none.  The last World War II veteran to...

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...

Ministries to divorced, remarried strive to echo pope’s call for mercy

By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Divorce is never easy. From the realization that love has failed to feelings of shame and a tendency to assess blame, divorce poses an untidy...

Remarkable Little Sister farewelled

by JEFF DILLON The remarkable life of Sr Marie of the Holy Redeemer, LSP, (aged 104) came to an end on December 21st, 2018 at the Little Sisters of the...

Icon may escape $10m bill

by ROWENA OREJANA The owner of one of Wellington’s most iconic buildings, St Gerard’s Church and Monastery, is looking at the possibility that it may not need to raise $10...

Praying Parents Club meets for first time in east Auckland

Praying for one’s children is a must, but it may be easier said than done.The Praying Parents Club was formed by Mel and Rita Nepomuceno to help and support parents in seeking...

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,...

New GM of diocese faces challenge of growth

by ROWENA OREJANA Shifting the demographics and growing the number of faithful Catholics in Dunedin will be the main focus of new diocesan general manager, Gerald Scanlan. “I think the main...

Marlborough churches shaken in quake

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — Marlborough churches suffered some damage in the August 16 Seddon earthquakes, while Wellington church buildings seem to have escaped lightly. Terry and Gwenda Costello run a...

‘God’s Earth’ under the spotlight

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The Environment and Sustainability Committee of the Auckland Justice and Peace Commission is calling on parishes to run a programme about Catholic social teaching on care...

New group for young Catholics

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — After a pilot event last year, Catholic Young Professionals are now running monthly events in the city. One of the organisers, Rosjier Hall, told NZ Catholic...