Former NZC editor ties the knot

At a joyous nuptial Mass, former NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham and Anna Surrey, a former lecturer at Good Shepherd College, said their “I do’s”. The Mass, at St...

Statement for life made on capital’s streets

Amid the pink and blue balloons and the many signs bearing pro-life messages at the second March for Life in Wellington on December 8, one was...

Pope celebrates his birthday with clients of Vatican pediatric clinic

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If the Holy Family lived in Rome and the baby Jesus had a cold or flu, Mary and Joseph certainly...

Gender diversity issues guide for schools

The National Centre for Religious Studies has released a document that provides Catholic schools with guidance on how to navigate issues pertaining to gender diversity among young people today. Gender...

Three cardinals end service on pope’s Council of Cardinals

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the...

Retiring principal will miss ‘brotherhood’

by SARAH ROBERTS When principal Jim Dale thinks of the brotherhood he’s leaving behind at Sacred Heart College it pulls at his heart strings.  For 12 years he’s...

Restrictions at Tauranga church after initial seismic study

The chapel, kitchen and supper room at St Mary Immaculate church in Tauranga have been withdrawn from scheduled use in the wake of an initial seismic assessment. The assessment...

Pro-life rosary crusade image for NZ

A youthful Blessed Virgin Mary, with a long white cloud and sea as background, is the image that will represent the New Zealand Pro-Life Rosary Crusade in its...

Liturgy office work brought rewards and challenges

National Liturgy Office director Louise Campbell called on the faithful to “trust the liturgy of the Church” as she retired from office in September. “Liturgy is not...

Diversity dominates year’s best films

The response to calls for more diversity and racial balance in casts dominates this year’s best film lists. The comic-based blockbusters have started running out...

‘Hero for Christ’ gave his life to save others

Angelo Tuyay lost his life while saving the lives of others — and for that he is being hailed as a hero.  The word “hero” was used...

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...

Abortion a justice and health issue

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference president has reiterated that abortion is both a health and a justice issue as the push for abortion law reform takes another step.  Bishop...

Jesus admired in NZ; Church not so much

Although the Church as an institution, whether Catholic or Protestant, is being viewed with increased suspicion, Jesus is still very much admired and respected...

Helping the poor is not a papal fad, but a duty,...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope...

NZ Pacific voice on justice at Rome synod

Young people are looking for a Church that “sounds and acts like Jesus”, a young representative from New Zealand and Samoa told the synod of bishops in Rome. Joseph...

Faith flourished on farm for US cardinal

Growing up in a loving and devout Catholic home, while working on a dairy farm in the US state of Wisconsin, was how Cardinal Raymond Burke...

Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of...

Dunedin High Tea for very good cause

by JEFF DILLON An opportunity to share High Tea with Bishop Michael Dooley proved attractive as about 100 Dunedin faithful gathered recently at a former Sisters of Mercy...

Warrior for his country now warrior for God

Deacon Gary Stone spent decades being a warrior for his country, Australia, and is now a warrior for God.  That’s how he was introduced at the...

Need to talk about ‘unwanted abortions’

Life-affirming organisations providing support to women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant need to be the sector leaders in the field to prevent knee-jerk reactions in favour of...

Wgtn priests fast and pray for day following Pope’s call

Priests in Wellington archdiocese committed to prayer and fasting on October 5 following on from Pope Francis’ August request that the People of God pray and fast in...

Pastoral letter for Respect Life Sunday

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops marked Respect Life Sunday on October 14 with a message to the Catholic community on the preciousness and fragility of life.  The bishops wrote a...

Wgtn council plaque for Suzanne Aubert

Venerable Suzanne Aubert was honoured in a ceremony at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington on October 5, the 92nd anniversary of her funeral. As part of the Wellington...

Francis stolen from Ponsonby church

A billboard of Pope Francis with the word “welcome” has been stolen from in front of Sacred Heart church in Ponsonby, Auckland. Parish pastoral coordinator Eddie Eyre said he last saw...

Pat retires and reflects on Church changes

Only someone who has served the Church at grass roots level for more thana quarter of a century can lovingly refer to it as a “weird...

Access and acceptance needed in parishes

by SARAH SPARKS Attending Mass regularly and on time might be a challenge for some able-bodied people. Yet for almost a quarter of the community who are...

Call to resist trend towards isolationism

Former Commonwealth Secretary- General and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Sir Donald McKinnon has appealed to political leaders to maintain their nations’ relationships with “like minded countries” and...

Priest a friend to many because he was friend of God

In his priestly ministry, Msgr Pat Ward was a friend to so many people because he was first a friend of God’s. That was one of the...

Much loved colleague farewelled in Akld

Staff of Auckland diocese paid their last respects to their much loved colleague Myra Crawford at a requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on September 19. Mrs Crawford,...