Saturday, January 18, 2020

Measures flowing from protection of minors summit are imminent says moderator

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is...

Karakia threatened?

Maori prayers could be banned from the classroom if campaigners succeed in their bid to remove religious instruction from state schools, an academic says. AUT history professor Dr Paul Moon’s comments came after...

Catholic doctor honoured

Catholic doctor Monique Faleafa was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. According to the New Zealand High Commission in Samoa, Dr Faleafa was recognised for her...

Many firsts as new Moerewa church opened

by WIGA AUTET More than 400 people — the living stones of the local Church — gathered inMoerewa, Bay of Islands, on a windy Saturday afternoon on January 21, to rejoice at...

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...

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...

Sydney archbishop: Darkness of siege cannot overcome Christ’s light

By Robert Hiini Catholic News Service SYDNEY (CNS) -- Hell has touched Sydney, but the darkness let loose on a terrorized city cannot overcome the light of Christ, the city's archbishop...

Churches ponder options after insurer withdraws

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — A major insurer of Church buildings will not write any new insurance cover against earthquakes in New Zealand from December — and the implications for...

Pope asks for international action to help Iraq’s persecuted Christians

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in northeastern Iraq who were forced...

Truck crash halts some NZ Catholic 519 South Is. deliveries

Some parishes in the South Island did not receive issue 519 of NZ Catholic dated July 16. NZ Catholic has been informed that the truck delivering the packs of papers...

Employees urged to seek a living wage

by ROWENA OREJANA Living Wage Movement Aotearoa has called on employees to urge their employers to implement a living wage instead of a minimum wage. Speaking at the “Working Together for Vulnerable...

Death of friends drove Renee’s passion against euthanasia

by MICHAEL OTTO There are plenty of secular arguments against the legalisation of assisted dying, a church audience heard in Auckland. About 35 people gathered at St Mark’s Parish Centre on...

Young Kiwis look forward to missions

by SARAH ROBERTS Two young Kiwi missionaries are embarking on an adventure into the unknown and they trust God will guide them. Olivia Frahm and Samuel Pitcaithly, both 22, will be...

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....

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...

50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT The 50th anniversary of Worldwide Marriage Encounter was held at the Western Lombard Yorktown Centre, near Chicago, from June 22-24. The theme of this convention was “We remember, we celebrate, we...

Junior boarding to go

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Catholic Maori college Hato Petera in Auckland has decided it can no longer meet the needs of years 9 and 10 pupils. The school announced that it...

Participate in family, marriage discussions, NZ bishops urge

New Zealand Catholics are asked to participate and contribute their thoughts and ideas in a survey as the Synod on Marriage and Family enters a “new phase”. Palmerston North Bishop...

Australian archbishop links clericalism to abuse

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Clericalism is at the heart of the sexual abuse issue that has plagued the Catholic Church in Australia. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge told more than 100...

The Matrix spurs conversation

The Matrix, a hugely popular 1999 movie, was the catalyst for an evening of philosophy at the Catholic Discipleship College, Auckland, on April 6. The college, hosting about 40 guests, held an interactive open teaching entitled,...

NZ Catholic bishops’ submission to Constitutional Advisory Panel

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

Caritas Director to speak at Paris Climate Conference

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director, Julianne Hickey, will bring the voices of Pacific peoples affected by climate change to a global audience at the historic Paris Climate Change...

An opportunity to receive prayer in Rome

by NZ CATHOLIC staff New Zealand Catholics have the opportunity of receiving prayer in Rome next month without leaving the country. Cardinal John Dew, the president of Bible Society New Zealand...

‘Dominican Centre’ opens in Central Otago

by PETER OWENS A new multi-purpose “Dominican Centre” has been opened and blessed in Cromwell in Central Otago. The new facility, which will serve as a weekday Mass centre and a...

Stand up for poor, young people told

by ROWENA OREJANA Young Catholics have been called on to stand up for the poor, marginalised and oppressed in order to stand up for their faith. Refugee Council of Australia president Phil...

Auckland bishop favours missal translation review

by PETER GRACE The Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, supports a theologian’s suggestion of having another look at the 1998 ICEL translation of the Roman Missal. Bishop Dunn is one...

Service to Church for 50 yrs

Patricia Mary McQuillan, a contributor to Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand for some 50 years, passedaway on April 4 at Auckland Hospital....

Young Christchurch priest writes first novel

A young Christchurch priest has written a “practical, social, pastoral, spiritual and theological novel” that is generating some good feedback. Divine Love – Life Love – Human Love: My Mother...

Hundreds at Hui Aranga in Tauranga

There were 600 Māori Catholics from throughout the North Island at Aquinas College in Tauranga over Easter for the annual Hui Aranga. Eleven teams from the Hokianga to Wellington attended...

Education essential for abuse prevention, speakers say

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, who has called for zero tolerance for the "despicable" crime of sexual abuse of minors, has praised new efforts aimed at...

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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...