Passing noted of former Akld uni chaplain

The Auckland Catholic diocese is mourning the loss of Dominican priest Fr Aquinas McComb who passed away in Melbourne on July 17. He was...

Farewell to G.I.F.T.’s Sr Jean

by ANNE POWELL, RC The founder of the G.I.F.T. Centre that ministers to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Cenacle Sr Jean Sinclair, MNZM, has...

Wenceslaus Anthony dies in India

There was shock and disbelief in Auckland and beyond at the news of the loss of Wenceslaus Anthony, who died in India on July...

Akld priests’ retirement home extension officially opened

The $3.6 million extension of St John Vianney House in Ponsonby was formally opened and blessed on August 5, a day after the memorial...

The Catholic Voices approach to defending the Faith

HOW TO DEFEND THE FAITH WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE by Austen Ivereigh and Kathryn Jean Lopez (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). 192pp. Reviewed by PAT...

Intercessors equipped for NZ renewal

by JUDY OLSEN Different currents of grace in the Church in New Zealand are coming together in a special way this year as the Catholic...

Chaplains train to help prisoners with their grief

Prison chaplains from throughout New Zealand came together last month to strengthen their ministries by being trained in accompanying people in prisons in their...

Dominican Master General makes a fleeting visit

The Master of the Order of the Preachers, Fr Bruno Cadoré, has asked the Dominican family in New Zealand not to forget their charism. In...

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal...

Pope: Catholic social teaching can contribute to building just society

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic politicians should be guided by the church's moral and social teachings when crafting legislation, Pope Francis said. Meeting with participants...

We need to work at being inclusive in our liturgies

Liturgy should make you want to belong. But most religion works by saying “you are the in group” and “you are the out group”,...

My inner turmoil about my old boss

In late June, the Victoria Police announced that they are “filing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences” against Cardinal George Pell. Cardinal Pell...

Burning hearts for God at Akld World Youth Day 2017

by SHANA LLORANDO Young people, you are the Church of today! This was the theme of World Youth Day Auckland 2017, held on July 15-16. The weekend...

Solutions to pornography lie in society, not Govt: PM

Prime Minister Bill English said it is society not Government that will decide how it would deal with pornography. Speaking at the Forum on the...

The real issue about the doctor-patient relationship

It appears that at least one person is not happy at all with the election statement from the New Zealand Catholic bishops titled “Step...

School stops play on field that was old cemetery

St Joseph’s School in Rangiora has ceased using some land as a playing field as the earthly remains of more than 380 people are...

Sharing a loaf would be a better sign at Mass

A prominent Catholic theologian has insisted that loaves of bread should be shared during the Eucharist instead of the altar breads currently used at...

Preserving and pillaging privacy

One of the most fraught ethical issues of our day is privacy. On a personal level we feel betrayed if a friend broadcasts secrets...

K-Pop craze sparks love for Korean language

by SARAH ROBERTS The teenage craze of K-Pop has sparked a new love of the Korean language and culture at St Dominic’s Catholic College in...

Act now to oppose Act Party leader’s euthanasia push, bishop urges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has encouraged his flock to voice their opposition to Act Party leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. In...

Six centuries of priestly service celebrated

More than 600 years of priestly and episcopal service were celebrated in Auckland diocese on July 12. At the annual Mass for clergy jubilees at...

Experts rebut pro-euthanasia arguments

Professor of Palliative Medicine Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff from the United Kingdom visited New Zealand in late June and took part in various...

A work of extraordinary tenderness

THE GIFT OF GRIEF — One son’s story following the death of his father by Andrew Stringfellow (Redemptorist Publications, 2015, Supplied by Pleroma Christian...

Time for compassion and love

by Gordon Copeland Back in the 1970’s, following the opening of an abortion clinic in Auckland in defiance of its illegality; abortion became a political...

Ireland’s unlikely peace trip

Sectarian politics in Northern Ireland were so extreme that when travelling overseas it was customary for politicians from opposing factions to accompany each other...

Truck crash halts some NZ Catholic 519 South Is. deliveries

Some parishes in the South Island did not receive issue 519 of NZ Catholic dated July 16. NZ Catholic has been informed that the truck...

Top Bible reading excuses

A lack of self-discipline, distraction and busyness have been identified by Christians as the top barriers to reading the Bible. The 2017 Bible Engagement Survey...

Burns Lodge status questioned

by JEFF DILLON The legal status of the Dunedin Catholic diocese Burns Lodge as an accommodation provider has been questioned recently by an undisclosed person. A...

Three different paths to the priesthood

Being with God’s people and ministering to them is what three new priests from Christchurch diocese are looking forward to most about their futures....

Last chance for young New Zealanders to talk to the Vatican

There is just over a week to go for Young New Zealanders take up the chance to be part of an international conversation with...