Pope Benedict’s pontificate marked by teaching, call to return to faith

By John Thavis and Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During his almost eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI impressed the...

Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Pope Benedict has stunned the Catholic Church and the world by announcing that he would resign from the See of Rome on February 28....

Heartfelt songs from the inside

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — Songs Down Pauri Road 2012 is the title of a CD made by a group of prisoners from Wanganui’s Kaitoke...

NZ priests to hear international speakers

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Renowned American papal biographer and Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr, will join former Dominican master general Fr Timothy Radcliffe...

Special Catholic school blessed

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — An educational gem was blessed by Bishop Barry Jones on December 6 in Christchurch, the fulfilment of a dream for...

School pupils help inmates children

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Christmas will have been a little brighter for children who have a parent in prison, thanks to the efforts of...

Vatican guidelines to discourage showmanship, entertainment at Mass

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing guidelines for priests on how to celebrate Mass properly, the Zenit news agency reports. In a January...

Church responds to Aust sex abuse inquiry terms of reference

CANBERRA — The chief executive of the Australian Catholic Church’s newly-formed Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan responded on January 11 to the...

Pope sends message of concern about Tasmanian fire destruction

HOBART — Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his sadness and concern at destruction caused by bush fires in Tasmania. A letter to Archbishop Adrian...

Nelson duo win pro-life song contest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — This year’s fifth annual pro-life songwriting contest, won by a Nelson duet, may be the last such event. Organiser Don...

Organised gap year valuable for young adults

by HEATH HUTTON WELLINGTON — In 2008, Challenge 2000 entered into a partnership with the Society of Mary to provide a programme that gave young...

NZ Anglican prelate appointed to Rome and Vatican roles

by NZ CATHOLIC staff HAMILTON — The Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand, Archbishop David Moxon, is heading to Rome as the Anglican Communion’s chief representative...

Palmerston North youth leader on a mission to Thailand

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — After 400 hours as an intern with St Mary’s Parish in Palmerston North, Lara Collins hopes to work with...

NZ bishops make submission on same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

New Zealand's Catholic bishops appeared on November 28 before the Government Administration Select Committee considering the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to share...

Croatia — the ‘Bulwark of Christianity’

by JUDITH DOYLE Croatia, once part of the former Yugoslavia but now proudly independent, must surely have the highest proportion of Catholics of any country...

Bomb attack on military base church worries cardinal

LAGOS, Nigeria (CathNews) — Nigeria's new cardinal has spoken of his dismay following a deadly attack on a church inside a major military establishment,...

Parish and school celebrate 100 years

by COLLEEN LINNELL DUNEDIN — St Mary’s Parish and school in Kaikorai celebrated 100 years in good southern style over Labour Weekend. The sun shone for...

Priest climbs peaks with young people

by ANGELA PYKE CHRISTCHURCH — As parish priest of St Teresa’s in Riccarton, school chaplain for St Teresa’s School, and local superior of the Community...

Priest dismissed because of public support for women’s ordination

WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in...

Bishop writes to diocese about sexual abuse

Statement to the People of the Diocese of Parramatta on the Royal Commission into Child Abuse 17-18 November 2012 My Dear People This week the Prime Minister...

Mass at cemetery for All Souls Day

by NZ CATHOLIC staff UPPER HUTT — On All Souls Day, November 2, a Mass was celebrated in the Akatarawa Cemetery, continuing a 10-year tradition...

One door closes on 23-year CIT journey

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The closure of the Catholic Institute of Theology is like shutting the door to a room, Pa Henare Tate told...

Reports on housing and food to be launched

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Poverty Action Waikato is releasing two reports this week — on housing and on food. The reports are about whānau...

23 children make First Holy Communion

Twenty-three children received the sacrament of Holy Communion as well as Confirmation on Sunday the October 28, 2012, at St Bernadette Parish, in Mt...

Chinese think tank calls for change to one child policy

BEIJING (CWN) — A Chinese think-tank with close ties to the government has called for a change in the country’s brutal “one-child” policy. "China has...

Pope prays for Hurricane Sandy victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI expressed his concern for everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy and encouraged all those working to rebuild from...

Ethnic background of students in NZ Catholic schools

The New Zealand Catholic Education Office has released data from July 2012 of the ethnic origins of students in Catholic schools.Catholic School Student Ethnicity

Vatican could consider Lutheran ordinariate structure

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a...

Vatican says it is willing to be patient with SSPX in...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — "Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed" as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society...

Social science and ‘gay marriage’

by Dr NEIL WHITEHEAD Social science has a lot to say about “homosexual marriage”. It shows marriage and same-sex union originate differently and should not...