Friday, September 21, 2018

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...

Happy Catholics School Day

Excellence is the main focus of Catholic Schools which are celebrated today for their continued contribution both to the Church and the country said Chief Executive of Catholic Schools...

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...

Pope goes to Confession once a fortnight

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he goes to confession every two weeks, knowing that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, but also knowing that having...

New Plymouth hall rises from ashes

Pupils of St Pius X School in New Plymouth were stoked about the opening of their school’s new hall on the grounds of the old church that was gutted...

Kids quizzed about their principal

by JOHN FONG John Coulam’s 17 years of dedicated and outstanding service as principal of Marian School in Hamilton was acknowledged and celebrated by the school on December 8 at a morning gathering...

Retirement nears for South Island bishops

by MICHAEL OTTO Two South Island dioceses will be in for changes at the helm in the not-too-distant future as their bishops approach the age at which they are asked...

Experienced property man for Chch

A former Ngai Tahu Property chief executive, Tony Sewell, has accepted a contract to lead the Catholic diocese of Christchurch property team.  A long-time member of the Catholic Cathedral Management Board, he has a deep understanding of...

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...

Vatican to help in fraud, corruption case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested on June 28 on charges of fraud,...

Bishop wants to support gays

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, has set the record straight in a response to a Sunday Star Times article, “Catholics tell gays to...

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...

Kiwi cardinal celebrates historic Mass

Cardinal John Dew of Wellington was the principal celebrant at an historic Catholic Mass in the undercroft of the Church of England’s Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. The vigil Mass, which was celebrated on October 1, took place in...

‘It makes you weep,’ pope says of refugees’ stories

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE (CNS) -- When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, the pope...

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...

During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips...

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...

Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging...

Music ministry conference a hit

by Ken Joblin The first weekend in October saw Catholics converge on Christchurch for a music ministry conference. Earlier this year, Christchurch diocese was offered some formation from its own Catholic Youth Team (CYT). Catholics involved...

Integrity leads atheist to Catholicism

WASHINGTON (CWN) — The Patheos website provides for expressions of all sorts of religious sentiments, and even accommodates atheists. Leah Libresco had been an engaging writer for the “Atheist” channel...

New church and primary school up soon

Hamilton diocese, in conjunction with St Thomas Aquinas parish in Tauranga, has bought a one hectare property adjacent to Aquinas College for $2.25 million. The property is to be the location of a new Catholic...

Leading sister leaves our shores

In 1960, a young Bridget Anne Donnelly left her home in Coventry to join the Little Sisters of the Poor in London. While her father was supportive of her decision,...

Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confession

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service. After an examination...

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...

Founding principal sees school as community hub

Former associate principal Peta Lindstrom has been appointed principal of a school that doesn’t exist yet — at least in bricks and mortar form. Mrs Lindstrom started earlier this term as the founding principal...

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...

Pope Francis sends message to Muslims for end of Ramadan fast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate...

Dean of Auckland is next Archdeacon of Canterbury

The Church of England announced the appointment of  the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, the current Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland, as the next Archdeacon of Canterbury. In a statement,...

Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide

The Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui in celebrating a Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide, acknowledged that in the past, the Catholic...

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying...

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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...