Astronaut took Communion while orbiting earth

by SARAH ROBERTS When NASA astronaut Colonel Michael Hopkins was looking back to earth from space he knew a higher power had something to do...

Church teaching had impact on union head

First Union’s new general-secretary Dennis Maga credits his Catholic upbringing for his firm belief in socio-economic justice. “The Catholic Church’s teaching that had the most...

Leading sister leaves our shores

In 1960, a young Bridget Anne Donnelly left her home in Coventry to join the Little Sisters of the Poor in London. While her father...

Young Kiwi jumps barrier and hugs Pope Francis

A Kiwi student has jumped a barrier in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican to hug Pope Francis. Tim Helbano, originally from Wellington and now...

Rome ecumenism impresses Anglican

by DAN STOLLENWERK It was with great joy that the Anglican Roman Catholic Conference of Aotearoa NZ (ARCCANZ) welcomed back Archbishop Sir David Moxon to...

Shock in Whanganui as rest home announces closure

Taking the decision to close Whanganui’s Nazareth Rest Home and Hospital was just as serious and difficult for the board to do as it...

Whare Taonga for history collections closer

After 30 years, the late Pa Henare Tate’s dream of having a whare taonga to house a massive collection of artefacts relating to the...

NZ bishops quoted in new papal exhortation

A document from New Zealand’s Catholic bishops has been cited in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”)...

Baby booties wanted for pro-life message

Voice for Life has embarked on a campaign that will gently remind people of the huge number of lives lost to abortion. The Booties Project,...

‘Dominican Centre’ opens in Central Otago

by PETER OWENS A new multi-purpose “Dominican Centre” has been opened and blessed in Cromwell in Central Otago. The new facility, which will serve as a...

Upgraded facilities mean a brighter future for Cambridge school students

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe blessed the newly-refurbished junior student classrooms at St Peter’s Catholic School in Cambridge on March 9. School principal Grant Stuart said...

Birds ousted as new roof tops Dunedin priory

by JEFF DILLON There are some very distraught pigeons in Dunedin. The birds, which have had easy access to roosting in the rafters of the...

New building statement on revitalised St Paul’s

Five years ago, the proprietors of St Paul’s College in Ponsonby faced a critical decision at a time of low or static roll, buildings...

Include Church in abuse inquiry – Bishops

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops and representation from Catholic religious orders have written to the Prime Minister and others requesting that a royal commission into...

NZ bishops reflect on children of priests issue

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have discussed and reflected upon the issue of children of Catholic priests who have promised celibacy. In a message to Coping...

That upside down cross

by Dan Stollenwerk When a very large, bright blue, upside down cross was planted at the entrance to St Peter’s College, Auckland, the overwhelming reaction...

Kiwi’s three years on Pope’s commission

Bill Kilgallon is looking back on his three years as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with sense of...

Don’t be afraid to love God, youth told at Set Free

Echoing the call made by St John Paul II, American speaker Timothy Glemkowski called on young Catholic Kiwis not to be afraid to give...

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

ROME (CNS) -- After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the...

Amoris Laetitia and Church as a field hospital

by Msgr Gerard Burns Amoris Laetitia is a document written against the background of the difficulties and challenges around the world for marriage and families....

Hundreds walk in Hamilton March for Life

by John Fong The March for Life in Hamilton on March 11 attracted some 450 people who came from different parts of the diocese, with...

Bishops mention PM’s baby in submission

In their recent submission on the End of Life Choice Bill, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have highlighted the delight shown in the Prime Minister’s...

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church...

UK think tank against NZ euthanasia bill

If the End of Life Choice Bill being considered by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee passes into law as it is currently written, the long...

Three in 2018 Holy Cross Seminary first year

Two men from Christchurch and one from Auckland make up the newest batch of seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Jose O’Sullivan, who is...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to...

Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ

Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby is now the proud owner of an icon of the Transfiguration written by an artist of international renown.The icon,...

Tweeting with God – unpacking tradition in a modern way

TWEETING WITH GOD by Fr Michel Remery. (Freedom Publishing Books, Melbourne, 2017). 432pp $39.00AUD (Manual $19.95AUD 56pp) Reviewed by Sr SIAN OWEN, RSJ Most people...

Director’s sensitive look back home

The theatricality of the Catholic liturgy is a natural lure for filmmakers, whether their intentions are honourable or subversive. Greta Gerwig, a rising Hollywood star...

Milestone for Central Otago church marked

Several dozen people from throughout Dunedin diocese gathered on the Saturday evening of February 24 for a vigil Mass to celebrate the laying of...