Canada court claims over top

During the next few weeks and months many arguments will be posited concerning David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill which Parliament has sent...

Proposed chapel will make Khyber Pass Rd statement

St Peter’s College in Auckland will be building its chapel by the end of the year (2018) at an estimated cost of $2.5 —...

Invercargill priest dodges flames

by PETER OWENS A cool head and a swift appraisal of what was a serious situation undoubtedly saved Fr Chris O’Neill, parish priest of St...

Many tears shed at loss of Fr Graeme

A young Christchurch priest has been killed only six months after his ordination. Fr Graeme Blackburn, 33, lost his life on January 15 as the...

New entity for Catholic tertiary education

Following an independent review, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops (NZCBC) have announced a new entity for the delivery of Catholic tertiary education. According to a...

Anderton a man of principle

Msgr Brendan Daly started off his homily at the funeral of former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Jim Anderton, CNZM, with a salutary...

MP says End of Life Choice Bill is insidious

by JOHN FONG Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki (National), spoke in Hamilton on December 4 at the Gerry Sullivan Events Centre on euthanasia and on...

Churchill at his finest

From his role as British naval secretary during the ill-fated Gallipoli landings, his leadership in World War II to the partition of India in...

NZ abuse inquiry likely to include churches

Whatever shape the new Government’s promised independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in state care takes, the past actions of churches,...

Walking for Jesus on the Camino

by VICTORIA NING Earlier this year I set foot upon a well-worn path in the south of France, and set out upon the journey known...

‘Our Father’ translation not on ICEL agenda yet

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn said the International Commission on English in the Liturgy is not currently considering changing the line in “Our Father” which...

Six hundred walk the capital for life

Six hundred people from all over New Zealand joyfully walked the streets of Wellington on December 9, marching in defence of human life from...

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile (CNS) -- Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at...

Understanding Amoris Laetitia

By Dr Rocio Figueroa When the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia was published it had an incredible media coverage both within the Catholic Church and in...

Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

The inclusion of the Argentinian bishops’ guidelines on Communion for civilly remarried Catholic divorcees in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”, the official record of Vatican documents...

Parishes to get euthanasia bill letter from bishops

In the wake of the first reading of the End of Life Choice bill in Parliament, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops will be sending a...

Pope asks forgiveness from victims of clergy sex abuse in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. Addressing government...

Remembering the core teaching of Jesus at Christmas

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin has sent a very sobering Christmas card this year.  It features a painting of Mary and Joseph being turned away...

Major Hui Maori Katorika held in Otara

by Fr BERNARD DENNEHY The Bi-Cultural Committee of the Justice and Peace Commission for Auckland diocese was delighted to have initiated the first Hui Māori...

Missionary built nine NZ churches

by WIGA AUTET “Building a church is not about erecting a building and leaving it as a monument for future generations to admire,” said Fr...

Bishops ‘banter’ with young people

Can transgender persons who became men be priests? Are there rivalries among bishops? What is the hardest thing about being a cardinal? These are a...

Hundreds at Catholic youth festival

Catholic youth of Aotearoa New Zealand have made it clear that they are passionate about the Church and want to be “part of forming...

From Bethlehem to Holy Cross Seminary

Leaving Bethlehem University was bitter-sweet for De La Salle Brother Mark McKeon. “It was one of the biggest blessings of my life . . ....

Thames parish and school celebrate 150 years

Close to five hundred gathered over three days at St Francis of Assisi School and Parish in Thames earlier this month to celebrate their...

Ancient wisdom heard in the time of the ‘instant’

Hearing voices from the ancient world, praying ancient prayers and having hope in the same way as our ancestors in the faith did were...

Destiny Church challenge for Catholics

Many questions and challenges are being raised as a result of parish small group discussions in Hamilton diocese’s “With Hearts Burning” programme, reflecting on...

Tributes paid to remarkable Dame Sr Pauline

The eulogies at the funeral Mass for Dame Sister Pauline Engel, RSM, while tinged with sadness, also elicited fond laughter from many present. Those eulogies...

Ablaze conference inspires Chch for mission

by KEN JOBLIN The second weekend of November saw nearly 200 Catholic parish leaders converge on the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral precinct in Manchester Street for...

Cardinal John Dew has accepted the vast majority of recommendations made by a recent Wellington archdiocese synod, but has chosen not to include three...

Fond farewell for Dunedin choirmaster

by JEFF DILLON On November 9, a large congregation filled St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin to farewell, Michael Francis McConnell, a well-known member of the...