An invitation to young people to take part in meeting in...

300 young people from across the world will gather in Rome for a six day Pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation for the October Synod of...

New principal for Aquinas College

by PATRICIA BROOKS The Tauranga Moana Maori community, led by kaumatua Kihi Ngatai,  gathered with Aquinas College, students, staff and friends on the first full...

Discipleship College gets new home

The new home of the Catholic Discipleship College was blessed in a day of celebration at Pukekohe on February 18. A Mass was celebrated at...

Retired pope says criticism against Pope Francis is ‘foolish prejudice’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the...

Francis’ five years of remarkable papacy

NZ Catholic invited Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to contribute an article reflecting upon the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Cardinal...

Hearts focus on vocations and God’s call

Traditionally the Wednesday at Hearts Aflame is set aside to focus on vocations. Each of the guest speakers this year spoke frankly, telling of their...

Hearts Aflame fosters deepening of faith

Hearts Aflame 2018 (Fides et Scientia), held in the beautiful and spacious campus of Nga Tawa Diocesan College in Marton, attracted 90 young adults...

Hato Petera to get commissioner

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has asked the Secretary for Education to appoint a commissioner to take over the governance of Hato Petera College in...

Young Timaru singer hitting right notes

by JENNY McPHEE Jayden Walker, who attends Roncalli Catholic College, Timaru, has been blessed with an amazing voice. A soprano, he is a familiar face...

Young Christchurch priest writes first novel

A young Christchurch priest has written a “practical, social, pastoral, spiritual and theological novel” that is generating some good feedback. Divine Love – Life Love...

Caritas to lead refugee family resettlement work

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is to lead the coordination of a number of Catholic organisations who will support a refugee family to settle in...

Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. At a meeting...

On translations and underlying concerns

Under the heading “Don’t aim Mass translations too ‘low’”, Tony Molloy emphasises the need for language that stretches our minds and hearts, “making us...

60 years as Missionary Sister celebrated

The many and varied activities undertaken by Sr Alice Hardiman during her 60 years as a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary were...

Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland

When Hamilton Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne moved back to Auckland, there was probably no one happier than Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn. “I’ve been in conversation...

Auckland’s only inner city emergency housing hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in...

Oscar hopefuls aren’t all the best

The nine nominations for best motion picture in the Hollywood Academy Awards don’t tell the full story of last year’s viewing. The same applies...

Celibacy issue not going away any time soon

The possibility of ordaining older married men of proven virtue (viri probati) in exceptional cases to celebrate the Eucharist is likely to be discussed...

New RE curriculum guide available

The National Centre for Religious Studies is in the process of preparing a new Religious Education Level 1-8 Curriculum that will hopefully be completed...

Otara hikoi over delays in relocating local school

Several dozen people from St John the Evangelist parish in Otara have marched in a one day hikoi from south Auckland to Ponsonby to...

What NZ’s young people want from Church

Passion, like-minded discussion and connecting with others are the top three things that young people in New Zealand are asking of the Catholic Church...

New Maori leaders needed

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has said there is a need for a new generation of Catholic Māori leaders to build a stronger Katorika Māori...

Emergency housing provider James Liston Hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in...

Pope appoints Fr Michael Dooley as Bishop of Dunedin

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Dooley as the new Bishop of Dunedin diocese. Bishop-elect Dooley will be the seventh Bishop of Dunedin and succeeds...

Poignant first NZ Mass commemoration

by PAT LYTHE The annual Mass commemorating Bishop Pompallier’s first Mass here in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1838 was celebrated on Sunday, January 14, at...

History creates Oscar bait

Movies “based on actual events” are often sure bets in the annual Hollywood awards season. Dunkirk set the pace with a midyear release, while many think leaving that as...

New professional standards director appointed

The National Professional Standards Committee (NPSC) has appointed former Christchurch lawyer and mother of two Virginia Noonan as director of the National Office of...

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...

SMSM sisters establish new religious community in Kaikoura

by Sr KATHLEEN RUCK,SMSM For SMSM Sisters Maureen Connor and Frances Anna Remnant their Advent journey began with the invitation of Cardinal John Dew to...

Objection to newsletter ‘irregular relationship’ message

The parish priest of All Saints by the Sea Parish (Mt Maunganui, Te Puke and Maketu) has made a promise of greater inclusivity after...