Jesus Youth gather in Chch

by Jenny McPhee Praise and worship music with a beautiful Indian sound filled St Teresa’s parish hall in Riccarton on September 9, as “Jesus Youth”...

Patience urged in wait for new Mass translation

Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio, Magnum Principium (“The Great Principle”) has opened the way for a more relatable translation of the Mass and other...

Thoughts after the death of Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner has died. While it is unsurprising that many news reports of his death focus on his Playboy empire’s promotion of sexual promiscuity and...

Indian cardinal liked NZ during pastoral visit

The Syro-Malabar Catholic community in New Zealand was thrilled to be visited last month by Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the major archbishop of their...

Enquiry centre aims to reach new generation

The Catholic Enquiry Centre has been re-organised to enable it to reach a new generation through different social media platforms as well as support...

Fans of Jesuit author will find surprises in collection of...

JAMES MARTIN: Essential Writings, selected and with an introduction by James T. Keane. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2017). 245 pp., US$22. Reviewed by...

Passion for teaching lasts decades

After nearly fifty years in the education sector, Erika Bon decided to retire. “I’m nearly 68. I don’t want to still be here when I’ve...

Cluny nuns have chapter

On August 14-19, the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny held their provincial chapter at their Cluny Retreat Centre, Tauranga. The elected members came...

19,000 cans collected for SVDP benefit

The Cans for Christmas project this year exceeded expectations in collecting 19,000 cans of food for the Society of St Vincent De Paul for...

NZ charismatics look to bright future

“If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” So stated one verse among many songs lifted up to...

Digital learning programme to 100 schools

The Manaiakalani Education Trust is rolling out its digital education programme to 50 more low decile schools throughout New Zealand next year. Manaiakalani trust chairman...

Hamilton looks to encounter Christ anew

Hamilton’s diocesan pastoral council has suggested several reasons why numbers are declining at Sunday Mass. In a forum made available on the Hamilton diocese’s website,...

NZCBC youth council chair appointed

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has appointed Dave Mullin as chair of the newly established NZCBC Council for Young People. The council is tasked...

Monk’s mission at summit

The global political agenda each year is studded with summits of world leaders. Some are more interesting than others, depending on which issues are...

St Dominic’s College celebrates jubilee

by SARAH ROBERTS A beaded tapestry, with roots dating back to the 1870s, has helped mark 50 years since St Dominic’s Catholic College opened in...

Historic Catholic Maori hui for Akld

In a first for Auckland diocese, a hui for Catholic Māori in the diocese is to be held in November. The hui, titled “Te Iwi...

Move for bi-culturalism at the synod

by MARTIN de JONG For Frances Peho Wilson, of Te Ngakau Tapu parish in Porirua, the synod was an event of “total reliance on the...

Spirit flows at Wellington’s sixth synod

by MARTIN de JONG On the weekend of 15-17 September 2017, the Archdiocese of Wellington held its sixth synod, which was the second under Cardinal...

Fr Larsen elected to lead Marists

A New Zealand priest, Fr John Larsen SM, has been elected superior general of the Society of Mary. Fr Larsen succeeds Fr John Hannan and...

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...

In Rome, NZ expert speaks out on abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A New Zealand member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said the Church needs to listen...

Plea to sponsor young Kiwis to go to youth festival

Organisers of the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival are asking people to invest in the spirituality of young people by sponsoring their participation in this...

Brenda passionate on Te Reo and Bible

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Te Reo lover and speaker Brenda Crooks is one of only 5000 people in New Zealand able to speak Māori and...

Hundreds wish Bishop Denis well as three milestones marked at Mass

by JOHN FONG The many years of service as a priest and as a bishop by Hamilton Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne were fittingly recognised at...

A modern saint who took politics seriously

When Kiwis look at their calendars for September 23, they will see many things scheduled, depending on their interests — a big race meeting...

Kiwi deacon ordained in Boston

by MICHAEL McVEIGH Newly ordained Kiwi Jesuit Deacon Rob Morris says he’s looking forward to the next stage of his vocational journey. “I don’t mean that...

Faith, Fatima and family focus at Tawa

by PATRICIA SISON To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima (1917-2017), the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF) organised events...

Leaders back Christchurch Anglican cathedral decision

Heads of Christian denominations in Canterbury have called for acceptance of the decision by the Anglican Christchurch diocesan synod to reinstate the earthquake-damaged Christ...

Students dig deep to help the earth

“It was great helping the nuns, it was fun planting the trees, we loved it”, were just some of the instant responses from Room...

Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

By Matthew Fowler VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth...