Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation,...

Young adults get away to God on Banks Peninsula

by SINEAD GILGUN Several dozen young adults took up an opportunity to “get away from it all” for a weekend of prayer, adoration and fellowship on Banks Pensinsula...

The colourful people in my community

by Mike Baird There’s a community of people I’ve come to know since my work shifted into the CBD.  I meet them on my way to and...

Four decades of Marriage Encounter in NZ celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT Many families plan their day around the kitchen table. So it was that, 50 years ago, around a kitchen table in New York, USA,...

Dunedin course gives men confidence to be good dads

Dunedin Catholic Social Services is looking at bringing their highly successful parenting course for fathers, Game On, to other parts of the country.  The course, which had...

Fr Merv looks back on 60 years of service

by JEFF DILLON If ever there was a pastor who knew the smells of the sheep in his various flocks, just as Pope Francis desires, Dunedin diocese’s...

Liturgical responses to the abuse crisis

As new revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors are made the question posed to Catholics is — what should one do? Many suggestions can be made,...

Changing pew-dwellers into missionary disciples

Diocesan priests from throughout New Zealand were challenged to unleash the giftedness of the people in parishes by making disciples out of them. Around 185 priests from all...

The scandal of the hierarchy

by Dan Stollenwerk I hate it too. And who wouldn’t? A cardinal sleeping with seminarians — an open secret; priests raping children — and bishops quietly moving...

Too many candles below set statue in church alight

The wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus at St Thomas More Church in Glenfield caught fire recently with the cause being too many lit...

Rates hits for Akld church properties

Catholic parish properties are among those facing huge council rates rises in Auckland. In August, Auckland Council issued new rates bills to many churches which classified all...

Chch city church building projects halted

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has announced the cessation of all Church building projects that have not yet begun construction in the city until a review of...

McCarrick case: Vatican starting to acknowledge mistakes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and an official Vatican statement seem to be laying the groundwork for an admission that...

Alarm bells should be ringing in the corridors of power

Leaders of Catholic development agencies around the world have launched an urgent call for action, as there isn’t much time available to tackle the...

Longest religious procession in the world

El ‘Señor de los milagros’ (Lord of miracles) is the longest procession known worldwide. It holds ecclesiastical meaning of faith and devotion. It is a...

Hamilton bishop hosts Mass videos

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe is hosting a video series called “The Mass”, which explains the symbols, gestures and prayers to enable the faithful to deepen their experience of their...

Changing of guard at the Peace Place

The Dominican Friars of Emily Place, Auckland, the founders of the Peace Place, have handed over governance of their central city outreach centre to a new board of trustees....

Successful priests’ assembly had sad tinge

The national assembly of diocesan priests held in Christchurch this month is being hailed as probably the best such assembly to date, but the gathering was tinged with...

Cardinal Ouellet responds to Archbishop Vigano on McCarrick case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington had been told by Vatican officials to withdraw from public life because of...

Saints go marching to the top

Auckland’s St Peter’s College has won the national Top Four 1st XV rugby title after a 31-28 victory over Napier Boys’ High School in the final...

Journey to Patea to celebrate jubilee with priest

A prayer of blessing and thanksgiving was prayed over Fr John Roberts by the congregation as he marked 40 years a priest to the day on August 19.Thirty...

International students mingle far from home

Six Catholic secondary schools in Auckland have brought some of their international students together for a  social event in what organisers hope will be an annual happening.More...

Evangelising beyond the sacristy

by Sue Jones Bishop Barron’s article “Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities” (NZ Catholic, August 12) raised questions about evangelisation. How are we,...

Race drama BlacKkKlansman packs punch

Far from ignoring American race relations, Hollywood  filmmakers have been in the thick of it for decades. The rise of the civil rights movement in the 1960s,...

Hato Petera College closed

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn, the proprietor of Hato Petera College in Northcote, believes that the cancellation of the college’s integration agreement, as announced by the Minister of Education, is...

Chanel Shield ‘three-peat’

For the third year in a row, John Paul College from Rotorua won the Chanel Shield, an inter-school Catholic cultural competition in Hamilton diocese.  Both Hamilton Bishop...

Icon, prayer garden at North Shore school

St Mary’s School in Northcote, Auckland celebrated the Feast of the Assumption by officially unveiling and blessing its new icon and Marian Prayer Garden on August 14. The focal...

A statement from NZCBC President Bishop Patrick Dunn

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome the letter (released August 20, 2018) to the People of God from Pope Francis asking forgiveness for the sexual abuse...

Synod aims to renew the church to help young Catholics, cardinal...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To strengthen and support young people in the faith, members of the Synod of Bishops will need to listen to...

Dunedin bishop apologises

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley has said he is “very interested” in there being a future liturgical gathering to acknowledge the victims of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese...