Bishop asks parishes for housing crisis responses

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged parishes in his diocese to consider what responses they can make to address the housing crisis in their areas. In a pastoral...

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing...

Launching the next generation of saints

Young people, particularly teenagers, are not leaving the Church because they are rejecting its truth. Rather, they are leaving because the Church they see does not seem...

NZ bishop’s voice heard at Rome synod

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called for “a new model of formation” of young people that will make them missionary disciples “in and for the contemporary age”. On...

Catholics face choices in midst of ‘demonic storm’

by PAT McCARTHY A senior Vatican cardinal believes Catholics face two choices as the Church experiences a “perfect demonic storm” due to sexual abuse. “We are at a moment...

Participants: Final synod document to focus on all young adults

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The synod's final document will seek to address issues concerning all young people and not just those issues facing young...

Tap and Go fundraiser for new church

Parishes in various parts of this country are becoming more creative in terms of fundraising and are starting to embrace new technology to reach their goals.This was...

Call for radical reshaping of Church governance

A leading Catholic layman has called for a radical reshaping of governance of the Catholic Church.  The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference’s Council for Young People chair, Dave Mullin,...

The Catholic Apostleship of the Sea and Anglican Mission to Seafarers held a joint conference in Lyttelton on the weekend of September 8-9 to map the future service...

Finding news articles relevant to young people

For the past few weeks I have been visiting the NZ Catholic offices in Ponsonby as a hopeful future journalist, looking to learn the ropes and see firsthand...

Calls for Francis resignation dangerous CNS chief says

Catholic News Service director and editor-in-chief Greg Erlandson said calls for Pope Francis to resign are “extremely dangerous” adding that he felt some people have...

Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation,...

Young adults get away to God on Banks Peninsula

by SINEAD GILGUN Several dozen young adults took up an opportunity to “get away from it all” for a weekend of prayer, adoration and fellowship on Banks Pensinsula...

The colourful people in my community

by Mike Baird There’s a community of people I’ve come to know since my work shifted into the CBD.  I meet them on my way to and...

Four decades of Marriage Encounter in NZ celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT Many families plan their day around the kitchen table. So it was that, 50 years ago, around a kitchen table in New York, USA,...

Dunedin course gives men confidence to be good dads

Dunedin Catholic Social Services is looking at bringing their highly successful parenting course for fathers, Game On, to other parts of the country.  The course, which had...

Fr Merv looks back on 60 years of service

by JEFF DILLON If ever there was a pastor who knew the smells of the sheep in his various flocks, just as Pope Francis desires, Dunedin diocese’s...

Liturgical responses to the abuse crisis

As new revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors are made the question posed to Catholics is — what should one do? Many suggestions can be made,...

Changing pew-dwellers into missionary disciples

Diocesan priests from throughout New Zealand were challenged to unleash the giftedness of the people in parishes by making disciples out of them. Around 185 priests from all...

The scandal of the hierarchy

by Dan Stollenwerk I hate it too. And who wouldn’t? A cardinal sleeping with seminarians — an open secret; priests raping children — and bishops quietly moving...

Too many candles below set statue in church alight

The wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus at St Thomas More Church in Glenfield caught fire recently with the cause being too many lit...

Rates hits for Akld church properties

Catholic parish properties are among those facing huge council rates rises in Auckland. In August, Auckland Council issued new rates bills to many churches which classified all...

Chch city church building projects halted

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has announced the cessation of all Church building projects that have not yet begun construction in the city until a review of...

McCarrick case: Vatican starting to acknowledge mistakes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and an official Vatican statement seem to be laying the groundwork for an admission that...

Alarm bells should be ringing in the corridors of power

Leaders of Catholic development agencies around the world have launched an urgent call for action, as there isn’t much time available to tackle the...

Longest religious procession in the world

El ‘Señor de los milagros’ (Lord of miracles) is the longest procession known worldwide. It holds ecclesiastical meaning of faith and devotion. It is a...

Hamilton bishop hosts Mass videos

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe is hosting a video series called “The Mass”, which explains the symbols, gestures and prayers to enable the faithful to deepen their experience of their...

Changing of guard at the Peace Place

The Dominican Friars of Emily Place, Auckland, the founders of the Peace Place, have handed over governance of their central city outreach centre to a new board of trustees....

Successful priests’ assembly had sad tinge

The national assembly of diocesan priests held in Christchurch this month is being hailed as probably the best such assembly to date, but the gathering was tinged with...

Cardinal Ouellet responds to Archbishop Vigano on McCarrick case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington had been told by Vatican officials to withdraw from public life because of...