Bishop Patrick Dunn’s main wish for 2017

The following is a New Year 2017 reflection by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn. If I was given a wish for 2017,...

Marist dies helping out in Kaikoura

A Marist priest who travelled to Kaikoura to help after the earthquake last year died on Christmas Eve. Fr Kevin Mears, SM, 81, was scheduled to celebrate Masses over the Christmas period...

Bishop backs youth synod input

As the Vatican released the preparatory document for the 2018 synod of bishops on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”, Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan said the value of knowing the...

Clergy moves in three NZ dioceses

Three dioceses have announced new clergy appointments for 2017.  These are Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. AUCKLAND Bishop Patrick Dunn made key changes to the placement of priests which...

How St Teresa helped polio victim fly

Gautam Lewis is a survivor — thanks in large part to a saint. St Teresa of Kolkata gave him a second chance at life, after...

First Maori Mass in Hamilton cathedral

There were people in tears coming to Communion at 10.30am Mass on the second Sunday in Advent at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin...

How wise men of the Gospel became kings

In the way Internet memes go viral, the tale of the three wise men caught the imagination of Christendom and got a life of...

Mayor Tony Kokshoorn talks about his faith

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn shares with NZ Catholic some thoughts about the role faith plays in his life. Can you tell us something...

College loses gentle soul and passionate educator

St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) deputy principal Susan Mary Armstrong was farewelled for the last time by her loved ones, school staff and students...

Dominican family in NZ celebrates 800 years jubilee

The members of the Dominican family in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrated their 800th jubilee with a national gathering in Auckland on the weekend of...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students...

Money, pride make people ignore God’s word, neglect others, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without making room for God's word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human...

Remember the needy and vulnerable

“Christmas . . . all the treasure and the trash,” sings Australian musical icon Paul Kelly in his song How to Make Gravy. Go and...

New body for religious studies teachers

State schools are seen as an area of growth for religious studies by a recently formed organisation for teachers of the subject. After 25 years...

2017 synod plan for Wellington

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Cardinal John Dew has decreed the convocation of a synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington, to be held on September 22-24...

Fond farewell to Forbury church

by Jeff Dillon In what appeared to be a clash of emotions, the formal closing of St Bernadette’s church in Forbury, Dunedin took place on...

NZ bishops raise ethnicity as factor in ending-of-life debate

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have warned that one majority culture should not impose its will on other cultures on the question of legalised assisted suicide. In their written...

First filipina JP in district

by John Foley A notable milestone occurred at the Timaru Courthouse on September 23 when Waimate’s Dr Marieta Chan was sworn in as South Canterbury’s...

Maori children’s Bible now available in NZ

The Bible Society has launched Tāku Paipera, the only Māori children’s Bible available in New Zealand. Kaumatua Matt Hakiaha was particularly impressed with the use...

Pilgrimage to remote ‘Holy door for a day’

by Sr MEG HILLS, RSJ Several Gisborne parishioners prepared for weeks to make a pilgrimage to a holy door open for a day at St...

Bishop Drennan’s father passed away

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan's father passed away on January 20, 2017. Oliver John Drennan, 99, was a NZ Army major during World War II....

Music that values craft and soul

“I remember all of it … Let me take you back,” said musician and producer John Simon at the start of the Last Waltz...

Call for boycott of TV 3 “Fifty Shades of Grey” advertisers

Family First NZ is calling on TV3 to cancel the broadcast of “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie this Sunday evening, and is going to...

Move to revive Fatima national shrine in NZ

On March 12, 1950, Auckland Bishop James Liston blessed and dedicated the first shrine in New Zealand to Our Lady of Fatima.  The shrine was situated in...

Where do I belong in church today?

by Carmel Carter What is the role of the older person in the Church today? I mean the really old person — 80 or so years? I am sitting...

Asylum seeker trust thankful for ongoing Catholic support

Eight-year-old John (not his real name) wants to be a player for the All Whites and help New Zealand win a FIFA championship because he is “very good...

Goal to bring 52 disabled Iraqi children to NZ

Safety is a commodity that is scarce in Iraq. Project 52, a project launched by the Chaldean Catholic community, aims to provide safety to 52 disabled children...

Two Wellington priests die on same day

Many people in Wellington archdiocese and beyond are mourning the deaths of two much-loved and respected senior priests on the same day last month. Church historian and former...

Aliens dialogue with linguist

The more challenging end of the science fiction spectrum should offer as much reward for the mind as for the senses.  In the past few years,...

Bishop disappointed at Hato Petera decision

The Minister of Education has made the decision not to close Hato Petera College on Auckland’s North Shore.A co-educational Year 9-13 state integrated school,...