National youth conference refuels for mission

by SHANA LLORANDO The National Catholic Youth Ministry Conference was held on April 21-23 in Christchurch. People involved in youth ministry from all over New...

Deepening the spirit of Laudato Si’

by Martin de Jong Sr Gail Worcelo used Laudato Si’ as a springboard to explore the environmental and cosmological concepts of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas...

Last days of Imperial India

The Partition of India in 1947 rates as one of the momentous events of the 20th century. The figures alone show the scale: 14...

Hundreds at Hui Aranga in Tauranga

There were 600 Māori Catholics from throughout the North Island at Aquinas College in Tauranga over Easter for the annual Hui Aranga. Eleven teams from...

Mariatu makes new life after hands hacked off

The speaker at the Auckland eucharistic convention dinner on April 22 had the “candle of her childhood blown out” by a series of terribly...

Awareness needed on domestic violence

There is a need to increase awareness in parishes around the issue of domestic violence, particularly within Pasifika families. Auckland Catholic Social Services psychotherapist Sr Cabrini...

Dunedin students rough it overnight for challenge

by JEFF DILLON A forecast cool Friday evening ahead of them could not dampen the enthusiasm of 23 year-4-to-6 pupils as they prepared for their...

24 Hours for the Lord in Waikato

Pope Francis invited parishes all around the world to open their doors for 2 hours on March 24-25 this year so that the faithful...

There’s nothing like a live concert

The first live band my oldest child experienced was Avalanche City at Parachute Festival some years ago. She was fresh into the world and...

End of Life Choice Bill will erode end of life choices

The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre expressed opposition to MP David Seymour's End of Life bill, saying it will undermine the life choices for...

Holocaust denial case revisited

Courtroom dramas demand a full quota of theatrics and two compelling sides of an argument. The defamation case brought in 1996 by British author David...

Lebanon minister traces NZ family link

St Patrick’s Cathedral was the first stop in Lebanon Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s retracing of his grandfather’s life in New Zealand more than a...

Helensville couple honoured

by JULIE COLVILLE Recently, while Bishop Patrick Dunn was visiting St Joseph’s parish in Helensville for the celebrations marking 100 years since the arrival of...

A Kiwi spends a year with NET Ministries

by VICTORIA NING In the heat of the summer of 2016 I found myself aboard a plane, winging its way into unknown territory, and all...

Can the Reformation benefit us all? – a Roman Catholic perspective

The following is the speech given by Palmerston North Bishop Emeritus Speaking at the All Saints Anglican Community Centre in Palmerston North on May 21,2017...

Oregon Catholic father of four killed trying to protect fellow passengers

By Ed Langlois PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- On a crowded Portland commuter train May 26, a selfless Catholic father of four stepped forward to calm...

Chch Theology on Tap hosts Aussie singer

by SANDRA RAJENDRAN Christchurch had its first Theology on Tap of the year on April 1 with guest Emma Fradd, an Australia-based Catholic singer and...

Kiwis helping keep kids safe 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...

Medjugorje visit wonderful and memorable

by REX EVANS  We recently went to Medjugorje at Our Lady’s command and spent a week there with members of a group called Maranatha Conversion. They...

Poetry and beauty in both lyric and music

“Man, you’re like a Dave Dobbyn evangelist,” said a friend to me some years ago as I raved to him about Dobbyn’s just-released album...

Anti-euthanasia videos made

Parliament’s Health Select Committee should not back any legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide if it is going to be true to what it...

Stirring send off for Pa Henare Tate

by PAT LYTHE A giant totara has fallen. From the time of his death at 12.15pm on April 1, people from all walks of life,...

Bishops publish new policy booklet on Christian funerals

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has published a new booklet on liturgical policy for Christian funerals and guidelines for tangihana. The 36-page booklet is...

Priest says Egypt’s Christians feel they could be martyrs at any...

CAIRO (CNS) -- Christians in Egypt "are getting to this idea that we could be a martyr at any moment," the spokesman for the...

Petition calling for porn inquiry sent to Parliament

A petition calling on an expert panel to investigate the public health effects and societal harms of pornography was presented to Parliament on April...

Hamilton city parish re-ordering on cards

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton has proposed changing the number of parishes in Hamilton city from six to four. Bishop Lowe spelled out the need...

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May...

Re-opening of St Mary of the Angels

After being closed for seismic strengthening work since 2013, St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellingon was officially re-opened and blessed on...

Beloved Fr Des dies in Whanganui

When Fr Adonis Rancho announced at a Sunday morning Mass on March 26 in Whanganui that Fr Des Levins had died, there were exclamations...

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...