Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A grouping of social agencies is adding to calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin. But the Dunedin Refugee Steering Group hopes the move will go...

Vatican could consider Lutheran ordinariate structure

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a hypothetical proposal by Lutherans to...

Catholics and Methodists gather in Connecticut

by Fr MERV DUFFY Earlier this year the members of the New Zealand Methodist-Catholic Dialogue received an invitation to send representation to the International Receptive Ecumenism Conference (IRE III) in Fairfield,...

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...

Bishop objects to anti-Catholic insert

AUCKLAND Thousands of words attacking the papacy and Catholicism appeared in an Auckland community newspaper in late May.  The North Shore Times, owned by Fairfax Media, carried an insert...

Busy Whanganui couple celebrate 60 years married

“60 years of marriage have gone by very fast because, having a large family, we’ve been constantly involved in their lives throughout,” said Marie and Gary Joblin of St...

Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At...

Submission by Caritas Aoteaoroa NZ to the Constitutional Advisory Panel

31 July 2013 Submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel on the Constitutional Review "An authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of a set of rules but...

New church opened on Bethlehem shore

by PATRICIA BROOKS Surrounded by the natural beauty of Tauranga Harbour and nestled near the Hangarau Marae, a new church dedicated to St Therese was blessed and opened by Bishop Stephen Lowe on...

International students mingle far from home

Six Catholic secondary schools in Auckland have brought some of their international students together for a  social event in what organisers hope will be an annual happening.More than 100 international students attended the...

Archbishop rules out mini-missal for Wellington

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington has ruled out the use of a small spiral-bound version of the new missal by priests at Masses in the...

Sri Lankans honour Mary

A group of Sri Lankan families in Auckland has been keeping their Catholic culture alive by coming together once a month for the last 15 years to recite the rosary, pray the Divine...

Kiwis attend World Meeting of Families in USA

by MICHELLE KAUFMAN Love is Our Mission, the Family Fully Alive, was the theme of the eighth World Meeting of Families held over the week of September 22 to 27...

Christchurch schools and churches off limits pending inspection

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand No Catholic church or school in Christchurch will be able to be used until consulting engineers have declared it safe. Bishop of Christchurch Barry Jones...

Brief visit from recently ordained South Island priest

Recently ordained Kiwi priest Fr Daniel Mould, FSSP, celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form at St Anne’s church in Te Atatu on June 24. Fr Mould, 30, who hails...

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...

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...

Most 2015 diocesan Mass counts down

by ROWENA OREJANA and PETER GRACE New Catholic migrants kept Auckland diocese’s Mass count up last year. Auckland diocese pastoral services leader Pat Lythe said the number of Massgoers in...

Serve, care for each other, pope tells families at closing Mass

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each...

Pope to live in Vatican monastery established by Blessed John Paul

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican monastery where Pope Benedict XVI intends to live began its life as the Vatican gardener's house, but was established...

Caritas runs deficit to use up its reserves

by MICHAEL OTTO Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is budgeting for financial deficits for several years after having a deficit of $700,000 in the year ended December, 2014. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand...

Keep questioning and helping, sister says

by ROWENA OREJANA American Sister Margaret Mayce, OP, NGO representative of the United States-based Dominican Leadership Conference (the DLC) to the United Nations, has encouraged New Zealanders to keep asking questions and...

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...

Continual prayer targets shortage

by MICHAEL OTTO There is to be a prayer for priestly vocations at every Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton for the foreseeable future,...

Church decommissioned

by JOHN FONG St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Ohaupo, near Te Awamutu, was closed and decommissioned at a Mass on December 22, with Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe the celebrant. A social function was held afterwards...

School’s junior boarding facility reopen bid is out of line

by NZ CATHOLIC staff News that Hato Petera College's junior boarding facilities in Auckland will open for business next year came as a surprise to the owner, the Catholic Diocese...

Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into...

Commission pans liquor tactics

Auckland diocese’s Commission for Justice and Peace has criticised provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that have been used to delay the introduction of a...

Blessing for new Takanini Catholic school

February 6 marked a very special day for Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, south Auckland, as it prepared to open its doors to the community and the 54 foundation students...

Fewer Sunday Masses in Invercargill ahead of merger

by PETER OWENS The merger of the four parishes in Invercargill will take place about the first Sunday in Advent this year, according to St Mary’s parish priest Fr Chris...

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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...