Fuelled by the good music we love

“This music makes me sad: can you put something else on?” asked the sous chef.  Funny how the same piece of music can produce different responses in different people....

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...

When doubts go unanswered

Ever since Japanese Catholic writer Shusaku Endo published his 1966 novel Silence, film-makers and others have been fascinated by its themes of religious doubt,...

Vinnies world boss likes NZ

Society of St Vincent de Paul international president Renato Lima de Oliveira came New Zealand to learn from Vincentians in this country and to...

Cultivating virtues in one’s children

by Shannon Roberts Parenting is no easy task. Be reassured that your hidden work as a parent is life-changing and worldchanging; no matter the times...

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...

Book helps parents combat pornography

The international best-selling book Good Pictures Bad Pictures is now available in New Zealand exclusively from Focus on the Family NZ. Good Pictures Bad Pictures...

Psychiatrist queries pro-life contributions to abortion

Abortion cannot be stopped unless pro-life people understand how they are contributing to it, said a prominent Canadian pro-life child and family psychiatrist. Dr...

40 Days for Life can be last line of defence

40 Days for Life chairman Matt Britton assured pro-lifers in New Zealand that they are not alone as Lent ushered in the fourth such...

Caritas worker aims to help in Sudan crisis

Following the declaration of famine in South Sudan, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s lead humanitarian aid worker, Mark Mitchell, is preparing to return to the...

Kiwis helping save kids from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven...

Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing...

Book hails Auckland Latin Mass champion

An Auckland priest who waged a largely lone battle for years over the liturgy has had an account written of his working life. “Fr. Pierre...

New monasticism takes God to streets

When Catholics think of monasticism, names like St Anthony of Egypt in the desert and St Benedict and his rule come to mind. But what...

Pope gives young people three missions before synod, WYD

ROME (CNS) - On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were;...

Community garden sprouts in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON In the Mercy pastoral area in South Dunedin the seed of an idea is beginning to sprout and show signs of growth...

St Mary’s royal former student dies

St Mary’s College in Ponsonby has bid a sad farewell to one of its most distinguished former students – the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s...

Kiwis in Rome for youth-focused meeting

Auckland diocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry team leader Teresa McNamara and Isabella McCafferty from Wellington archdiocese’s Family and Young Church Vicariate have been chosen as delegates...

Seminarians make hikoi to Hamilton diocese

Seminarians from New Zealand’s national diocesan seminary went on a hikoi to Hamilton diocese to experience the New Zealand Church “in a more intimate way”.  Holy Cross...

Call for abuse cases to be dealt with regionally

A New Zealand Catholic Church official has suggested that priests accused of sex abuse would be better dealt with regionally, rather than their cases being referred to...

A journey through the theological life of the retired pope

Reviewed by BRIAN WELTER (CNS)  Peter Seewald’s interview of Pope Benedict, which follows from previous interviews and works including Salt of the Earth, offers readers a journey through the theological...

Maori deacon in bishops’ conference role

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard will be taking on a new part-time role with the Secretariat for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.  Deacon Karatea-Goddard will be supporting the secretariat and...

Many firsts as new Moerewa church opened

by WIGA AUTET More than 400 people — the living stones of the local Church — gathered inMoerewa, Bay of Islands, on a windy Saturday afternoon on...

The most impressive film of the year

When the annual awards season comes around, the question of too few films made by women usually arises. A lack of ethnic diversity in the movie industry is...

Blessing for new Takanini Catholic school

February 6 marked a very special day for Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, south Auckland, as it prepared to open its doors to the community...

Akld caring foundation boost for quake recovery work

The Auckland diocese, through Bishop Patrick Dunn’s Catholic Caring Foundation, raised more than $67,000 for families and individuals affected by the earthquakes towards the end of last year.  “Thanks...

Akld commission calls for decent society with participation

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Government to accepts its responsibility to focus on building a decent society where everyone has enough to participate fully,...

Caritas gives Govt. pre-Budget advice

Echoing the words of Pope Francis, who has warned that economic progress that diminishes people’s quality of life is no progress at all, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is urging...

Young religious brother makes final vows

De La Salle Brother Sir Patrick Lynch looked on as Br Lewis Harwood made his final vows as a Brother of the Christian Schools (De La Salle...