New course on leadership and Catholic culture offered

The Catholic Institute (TCI), in partnership with the Australian Catholic University, recently introduced a new qualification called the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture.TCI director Gerald Scanlan...

Kiwi who met Pope at WYD 2008 reflects

How time does fly! Last month marked 10 years since World Youth Day 2008 with Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney, an event attended by some 4000...

50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT The 50th anniversary of Worldwide Marriage Encounter was held at the Western Lombard Yorktown Centre, near Chicago, from June 22-24. The theme of this convention...

Country kids reach out to suffering farming families

by PETER OWENS St John’s Catholic Primary School in Ranfurly, Central Otago is small. It has a roll of 62 students from the town of Ranfurly and the...

Seminar explores significance of ‘believing’ Thomas

Biblical, traditional and spiritual perspectives on St Thomas the Apostle — the so-called “doubting Thomas” — were the focuses of an Ecumenical Day in Auckland last month. The...

Open evening lifts the lid on modern slavery issue

by Br KEVIN DOBBYN, FMS There’s no slavery in New Zealand. Abraham Lincoln and Wilberforce dealt with that issue long ago! Yeah, right! Such a statement of history is...

Forums tackle ‘elephant’ issues

The Young Church Ministry of the Archdiocese of Wellington has launcheda mini-series of forums called “Elephant Issues” to help people who are working in youth ministry deal...

Columbans gather to celebrate 100 years

by Fr TOM ROUSE, SSC On Friday, July 27, at 6.30pm we celebrated the Columban centenary Mass at Sts Peter and Paul’s church, Lower Hutt. Many people turned...

CWL hears about change at conference

by SARAH ROBERTS Women from all over the country came together with one goal in mind — to make a positive change through faith.The biennial Catholic Women’s...

Australian bishops, religious say they can’t violate seal of confession

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) -- Australia's Catholic bishops and religious orders, responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,...

Soup kitchen wins supreme award

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington was the supreme winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on July 26. The soup kitchen, which has...

Fundraising launched for strengthening of Timaru Basilica

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to raise $1.6million towards the strengthening and restoration of Sacred Heart Basilica in Timaru. The overall cost of the...

Massgoers in Auckland diocese quizzed

Sunday Massgoers in Auckland diocese were asked last month about many different aspects of their parish lives.The survey was aimed at providing data to help prepare Auckland diocese’s next...

Booties display sends strong pro-life message

Voice for Life’s Booties Project collected 15,638 pairs of baby booties and displayed 13,285 pairs in front of Parliament on July 25, but organisers said...

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text and how are Catholics...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano...

Families called to share joy, love, life with the world, pope...

DUBLIN (CNS) -- In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of...

Pope begins Mass in Dublin with penitential plea for abuse scandals

DUBLIN (CNS) -- Before celebrating Mass in a Dublin park, Pope Francis solemnly asked forgiveness for the thousands of cases of sexual and physical...

Vocations weekend in Wairarapa

Nine young people joined Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan for a weekend of “prayer, insight and purpose”. The annual vocations retreat was held at the Magnificat Retreat Centre in Wairarapa from...

Joy as two young priests ordained

During the ordination Mass of Fr Anthony Trenwith and Fr Tony King-Archer on August 4, Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared with them what he called a “lovely truth”.This was...

Kids meet St Dominic in new book

by JEFF DILLON How can a book about a man who lived about 800 years ago be of interest to modern children? Quite easily if that man happens...

Awards for helping seafarers

by JENNY McPHEE The contributions of the many volunteers at the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre, a joint Catholic/Anglican initiative, were publicly recognised twice recently in the form of awards. The first was an award from...

Sculpture catches the attention of parishioners

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Wondering about knuckles tattooed with “LOVE” on one hand and “HATE” on the other and how to turn “HATE” to “LOVE”, Hamilton’s John Lewis...

Pa Mikaere still going strong at 90 years

On his 90th birthday on June 29, Pa Mikaere (Peter Michael) Ryan, MHM, had a ready explanation for his longevity — the fact that he still goes...

Hastings joy at ordination of new deacon

by MARK RICHARDS Sunday, July 1 was a wonderful day of faith, celebration and joy in the Catholic Parish of Hastings / Te Pārihi Katorika ki Heretaunga....

New vicar general in Dunedin diocese

Fr Gerard Aynsley has been appointed as vicar general and diocesan financial administrator for Dunedin diocese. Fr Aynsley, currently the parish priest of Mercy parish in South Dunedin and of...

Number of NZ marriages declared null doubles

The number of marriages declared null by the New Zealand Tribunal of the Catholic Church more than doubled in 2017 as against the figure in 2015,...

Call for Aubert beatification prayers

Sisters of Compassion Congregational Leader Sr Margaret Anne Mills has asked parishes to include a prayer during Masses for Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s beatification and canonisation. In a letter to parish...

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their...

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman...

Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: "We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this." Plain...