Friday, February 28, 2020

Pope Francis sends condolences to families of plane crash victims

by NZ Catholic staff Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of a plane crash in the French Alps. Vatican Radio reported Cardinal Pietro...

A new safeguarding course

The first 19 graduates a Diploma of Advanced Studies, “Safeguarding Minors”, from the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection (CCP) received their qualifications in June. The one term programme educates international students as prevention experts to...

Cathedral carpark break-ins concern police

by ROWENA OREJANA HAMILTON — Police are asking parishioners of the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton to report incidents of car break-ins to them, no matter how small the...

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...

Study shows faith affects romance

by ROWENA OREJANA Stereotypes about religious belief influence the choice of a romantic partner, recent research shows. The research by Otago University, the University of Maryland and Oxford University on religious...

Poverty seen at school: Walsh

by PETER GRACE The latest decile review has shown up a poverty fault line in New Zealand schools, according to the principal of John Paul College in Rotorua, Patrick Walsh. Mr Walsh...

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...

NZ did not sign declaration co-authored by Vatican

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand did not sign a recent declaration to a United Nations council, co-authored by the Holy See in support of Christians and other minorities in the...

Voters asked to make child poverty key issue

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has called on voters to make child poverty top of mind when pollsters ask them what they are concerned about...

Chch city church building projects halted

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has announced the cessation of all Church building projects that have not yet begun construction in the city until a review of placements of churches and facilities...

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...

Awards for helping seafarers

by JENNY McPHEE The contributions of the many volunteers at the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre, a joint Catholic/Anglican initiative, were publicly recognised twice recently in the form of awards. The first was an award from Volunteering Canterbury for services to the community. And...

Studies part of ‘tradition’

Bishop Peter Cullinane has told students and staff at Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby that their academic year is part of what the Church calls “tradition”. In his homily at...

South education director steps down

by JEFF DILLON After a long involvement which began in the late 1960s, Tony Hanning, 80, the director of the Catholic Education Office in...

Kiwi priest gets PNG OBE

Fr Philip Gibbs, SVD, who was ordained in New Zealand in 1978, was awarded an OBE in the Papua New Guinea Queen’s Birthday Honours. According to Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe, writing on Facebook, Fr Gibbs...

Catholic preschool celebrates 20 years

by MARY PEPPING The Marian Centre Catholic preschool in Panmure has celebrated its 20th birthday with a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Denis Browne and...

150 attend deaf school weekend

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — About 150 ex-pupils, teachers, families and friends have celebrated the 70th anniversary of St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children, a school that closed down 25...

Re-opening of St Mary of the Angels

After being closed for seismic strengthening work since 2013, St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellingon was officially re-opened and blessed on April 12. Cardinal John Dew presided...

St Michael’s celebrates a century of education

by LEIA MARQUES-RUIZ From February 24-26, St Michael’s Catholic School celebrated its centenary — 100 years on Beatrice Road, Remuera (1917-2017). The celebrations began on the Friday with a photo taken of the current...

2016 Easter Messages from the Bishops

The following are the full versions of the Easter/Chrism messages from each bishop in New Zealand to the faithful. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn Easter is THE great festival of the year...

Abortion licence legality faces test in court

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The pro-life, antiabortion group, Right to Life, is going to court to test the lawfulness of an abortion licence. Right to Life is seeking a declaratory judgement on...

Presbytery sold to give land to school

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Hawera parish priest, Fr Tom Lawn, moved out of his presbytery in January. Fr Lawn told NZ Catholic on February 18 that the presbytery is to...

Church understanding spread

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON – On a cold wet night in Heretaunga, about 70 priests and parishioners from Stokes Valley, Heretaunga and Upper Hutt met with Archbishop John Dew to...

Aaron set to make waves in media world

by SARAH ROBERTS Aaron Dahmen dreams of one day hosting a prime time multimedia show and at its backbone will be his Catholic values. The 19-year-old already heads his own digital...

Fr Paddy’s 60 years celebrated

Fr Paddy Collins’ six decades of priesthood were celebrated on Trinity Sunday, June 11, at St Francis de Sales and All Souls parish in Devonport. In a homily, Fr Martin...

Spiritual and pastoral boost in Nth Shore parish

St Mary’s parish, Northcote, Auckland is endeavouring to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the community.Parish priest Fr Lio Rotor said he was assigned to a very strong faith community...

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...

Church reluctant to look in the mirror?

by MICHAEL OTTO A member of a pontifical commission to protect minors says there is little appetite in the Church to find out why its systemic response on the clerical...

Pilgrims follow Te Tai Tokerau Footsteps

by SIAN OWEN Thanks to the popularity of pilgrim ways such as El Camino de Santiago, there is a growing reawakening of the practice of pilgrimage. In Aotearoa New Zealand, we have our own sacred...

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,...

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A reflection on Querida Amazonia – Bishop Stephen Lowe

Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si’, on care for our common home, the earth, continued the tradition of the prophets and of popes before him who have spoken...