Friday, April 10, 2020

The wisdom of monks and mystics

ILLUMINATING THE WAY: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics, by Christine Valters Paintner (Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2016). Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies $39.99 Reviewed by DANIEL J....

Shape of 2015 synod document now seen

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The working document for this spring’s Synod of Bishops on the family calls for expanded discussion and pastoral solutions to challenges such as how...

Professor notes Pakeha flight from the Church

Although Catholics have been less affected by religious decline than other denominations, it is certainly happening among the New Zealand-born, according to a leading commentator on religion in New Zealand.  Massey University Professor of History Peter...

NZ Catholic wins at press awards

NZ Catholic won five awards at the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards and the separate Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards held in Auckland last month. An article by...

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...

Hospice helps Lecretia in her last days

by PETER GRACE A brain cancer sufferer who had argued in court she should be allowed the right to have assistance, if required, to kill herself, has died. Lecretia Seales died of...

Sister sees bishop’s death as a blow to Maoridom

by ROWENA OREJANA The death of Bishop Barry Jones is a big blow to the Maoridom, said Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa chair Sr Tui Cadigan, RSM. “It...

Chaplains train to help prisoners with their grief

Prison chaplains from throughout New Zealand came together last month to strengthen their ministries by being trained in accompanying people in prisons in their grief. Senior Prison Chaplain Sr Veronica...

New Palestinian saints promoted women, encouraged peace, priest says

By Laura Ieraci VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The two new Palestinian saints were instrumental in the promotion of women in the Arab world and in efforts for interreligious dialogue toward...

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...

Catholics in P.North anti-weapons protest

Catholics in Palmerston North were among the 200 protesters who joined the Peace March on October 31 in opposition to the trade fair for the weapons industry held at...

New Plymouth organist honoured

Long-time organist for St Joseph’s Church in New Plymouth Margaret Hurley received the prestigious Benemerenti Award from Pope Francis for her musical contributions in the parish and wider community, her unwavering...

New door opens for the CDC

New director of the Catholic Discipleship College Board of Trustees Michael Pervan said despite the temporary closure of the Pukekohe-based college, the CDC has projects that are...

Vatican spokesman confirms money laundering investigation

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Investigations into money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation through a Vatican office were launched after an initial report was filed by...

Hospice work brings QSM

A Little Company of Mary sister who has been involved with the hospice movement in New Zealand since the 1980s has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal. Sr Mary Scanlon, LCM, of Wellington, received the...

Jubilarians Mass in Whanganui a first

For the first time since Palmerston North diocese was formed in 1980, the annual jubilarians Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated away from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Parish of...

Bishops ask Sudanese government to remove charge of apostasy in its...

by Rowena Orejana WELLINGTON – New Zealand bishops have “strongly urged” the government of Sudan to remove the charge of apostasy in its penal code following the sentencing of Christian...

Priest who died at Christmas was buried on birthday

Auckland priest Fr Patrick (Paddy) Collins died on Christmas Day and was buried four days later on what would have been his 86th birthday. At a Requiem Mass at St...

Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New Zealand” about vulnerable children. Mrs Moss,...

Bishop becomes a ‘parishioner of Matamata’

by JULIE SOUTH “Blessed” is how Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne, CNZM, DD, describes his time in priestly ministry and his life in general. Bishop Browne retired as Bishop of Hamilton on...

College upset affects principal’s job

by PETER GRACE The principal of troubled Hato Pet era College in Auckland is no longer in one of the several roles he had. John (Hone) Matthews was reportedly suspended from...

Barks, blessings at the Friary

Rain was pouring and the grey sky did not look promising. Franciscan Friar Joe McKay didn’t think people would show up with their pets at the annual Blessing of...

Pope Francis in Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Interreligious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis' Jan. 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the...

Welcome for new Anglican Bishop of Christchurch

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, is looking forward to working with the new Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Peter Carrell, who was ordained on February 9. Bishop Martin, who was at the ordination...

Auckland walk motivated by solidarity

by SARAH SPARKS In solidarity with migrants, the Auckland diocese held a five kilometre charity walk in the last days of Lent.

Simpler annulment pleases NZ cardinal

Cardinal John Dew says he is pleased with Pope Francis’s announcement about simplifying the marriage annulment process. The Pope made the announcement on September 8. Cardinal Dew, the moderator of...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s initial impression of charismatic Catholics was that...

Living wage parish blitz

Auckland diocese is sending out 11,000 pamphlets which set out Catholic arguments for having a Living Wage in New Zealand. The pamphlets are published by the Social Welfare and Anti-Poverty Committee of the Auckland Catholic...

Theology becoming lay gift, says theologian

by PETER GRACE OKOROIRE — Theological expertise will move more into the hands of laypeople, according to Australian theologian Fr Gerald O’Collins, SJ. Fr O’Collins was the main presenter at the...

Others can learn a lot from Catholic schools – Metro

by MICHAEL OTTO Catholic secondary schools have once again received high praise in Metro magazine’s annual “Best schools in Auckland” feature. McAuley High School in Otahuhu is particularly lauded, and is,...