Editor considers future of women in Church

by JEFF DILLON Dr Ann Gilroy, RSJ, acknowledged that she probably had more questionsthan answers when she delivered an...

Pope uplifts secrecy obligation for those who report having been abused

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis has abolished the obligation of secrecy for those who report having been sexually abused by a priest...

Thames parish upgrades security

A spate of petty crime has driven the installation of security cameras, solar lighting and an extra fence at St Francis of...

Faithful flock to Maryfest

by ESME O’RAFFERTY Crowds of the faithful flocked to Christchurch as the city was re-consecratedto Our Lady at Maryfest...

Holy Souls played part in recovery of statues

A Carmelite nun believes the fact that two precious statues allegedly taken from a monastery in Auckland were found in a nearby...

Mass held despite Auckland fire

Daily Mass went on as scheduled at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph in Auckland despite the huge fire that...

50 years of music ministry honoured

by KEN JOBLIN and JEFF DILLON On Sunday, October 6, a special occasion took place at St Mary’s...

NZ Bishops encouraged after Ad Limina

The New Zealand Catholic bishops came away “very encouraged” with their first encounter as a group with Pope Francis, which...

Friendship of convenience

Hollywood keeps its best films until last — most years — as the annual awards season looms. Judges’ memories are considered short,...

Novena, nostalgia, and a nosh-up in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON A weekend remembering the good old days was spent recently at St Patrick’s Basilica in South...

Youth get that ‘Jesus high’ at Set Free conference

by ESME O’RAFFERTY The atmosphere was alive with excitement at the Set Free Youth Conference in Cambridge this year,...

Former pastoral leader pushes for ecumenism

Former Auckland Pastoral Services leader Pat Lythe has called on the New Zealand Catholic Church to put ecumenism at the top of...

Community should be a safe space for abuse victims

Theologian and sexual abuse survivor Rocio Figueroa has expressed distress over the “victim blaming” that has been happening in the wake of...

Church doors open to exploited temporary migrant workers

by Wellington Cardinal John Dew Human Rights Day December 10 is always an opportunity to consider how we as...

Children’s book to raise funds for De Paul House

There’s a new kids’ book in town which is raising funds for families in need and Joanne Underwood, head teacher at De Paul House’s...

New Catholic secondary school proposed for Drury

The Minister of Education has approved an application by Auckland diocese to enter into integration negotiations for a proposed new Catholic year...

Bishop asks secondary schools to look at enrolment policies

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has asked that Catholic secondary schools in his diocese unable to accept all preference applicants have an enrolment...

More wrap-around services needed for unintended pregnancies

There is a need to reframe the question around abortion so that womenwith unintended pregnancies can be comprehensively and holistically supported, the...

Referendum question is too vague and misleading, says ethicist

The proposed referendum question on the End of Life Choice Bill is “vague, narrow and misleading” and a “robust and honest education...

New NZCBC appointments announced

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has announced the appointment of two new staff members — Kate Aduna and David McLoughlin, looking...

Faith helped lawyer in workplace crisis

Catholic lawyers have been told the legal profession can overcome its current crisis after being forced to face major issues like bullying...

Catholic preschool celebrates 20 years

by MARY PEPPING The Marian Centre Catholic preschool in Panmure has celebrated its 20th birthday with a Mass concelebrated...

Bishops hopeful for Suzanne Aubert cause

New Zealand bishops came away “feeling very hopeful” after a discussion with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...

A ‘by Maori for Maori approach’

Listening and walking with people are key to newly-appointed Auckland diocese Vicar for Māori Manuel Beazley’s plan to be of service to...

Love, loss and a faith lifeline

November is a busy time of year. Exam season swings into action. Christmas plans are being made. There are major sports events...

Caritas releases state of environment report

by NZ CATHOLIC staff After more than 40 climate change protest events held throughout the country in late...

Pope calls for action against destructive culture of food waste

By Paige Hanley VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A negligent and selfish culture of food waste is fueling...

Don’t miss out on the life of the universal Church

Kiwi Catholics need to be open to receiving missionary priests so that they (Kiwis) don’t miss out on the life of the...

NZ giving helps missions in young dioceses

Pope Francis raised the profile of both the Pontifical Mission Societies and the missionaries themselves when he declared October, 2019, as the...

Panel ponders staying loyal to the Church today

by JEFF DILLON A panel discussion with a difference attempted to wrap up the thoughts emerging from the two...