Submission by Caritas Aoteaoroa NZ to the Constitutional Advisory Panel

31 July 2013 Submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel on the Constitutional Review "An authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of...

Students give 3000 hours of service

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WHANGAREI — Pompallier Catholic College students and staff gave more than 3000 hours of voluntary labour to the Whangarei community on...

Bohemian settlement marks 150 years

by JUDITH WILLIAMS PUHOI — Thousands of visitors passed through Puhoi over the weekend of June 28-30, most honouring their connection to the place as...

Likely NZ martyr centre of Year of Faith celebration

by KATE MAHONY WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew has encouraged parishes in the archdiocese to plan something special to mark the Year of Faith. Commemorating the...

Wellington Catholic Church buildings OK after quakes

WELLINGTON — Overall, Catholic Church buildings in Wellington archdiocese have come through the recent earthquakes fairly well, says archdiocese general manager Paul Bayliss. In a...

The Vietnam war through a Catholic priest’s eyes

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Twenty-three years ago the life of Vietnamese Community chaplain, Fr Andrew Nguyen, was transformed. On June 6, 1990, Fr Nguyen arrived...

Food help delivered to the struggling

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Those with intellectual disability and those struggling to feed their families have benefited from recent activities of St Vincent...

Multi-skilled woman returns to the tropics to teach

by PETER GRACE DUNEDIN — A teacher who became a medical social worker has returned to the Solomon Islands to teach English for several months. Pat...

Tauranga Rosary pray-ers are long stayers

by MICHAEL OTTO TAURANGA — In the 50 years since 1963, there have been many changes in Church and the world, but one thing has...

Young Auckland builder’s Solomons sojourn rewarding

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — For one young Kiwi, doing volunteer work in the Solomon Islands as part of a Mahitahi — Catholic Overseas Volunteers...

Moot response: Many issues due to ‘disconnects’, says bishop

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Responding to concerns expressed at a Moot in Rotorua about the role of women and youth in the Church, as...

Year of Faith Moot speakers make call to change patriarchal Church

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Removal of discrimination against women in the Church was called for by several speakers at a Year of Faith event...

Mercy sister’s missionary dream eventually came true

by Sr ENID LAGAN, RSM CHRISTCHURCH — Well here I am at age 86 having lived a full and happy life as a Sister of...

Primary school pupils train with the Blues

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Keen 10-year-old rugby players from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Howick tackled a training...

Upper Hutt parish wants healthy lifestyles

by NZ CATHOLIC staff UPPER HUTT — The Upper Hutt City Council and St Joseph’s Church, Upper Hutt, have undertaken a joint wellness plan involving...

Auckland priest appointed Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago

AUCKLAND — The Vatican has announced Auckland-based Redemptorist priest Fr Peter Brown is to be the next Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago. Bishop-elect Brown, who...

Huge farewell for storytelling priest

by MICHAEL OTTO NAPIER — The thousands of people who encountered Msgr Tim Hannigan at presbytery doors during his 57 years of priestly ministry met...

Franciscan friar filled with hope to the end

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Franciscan friar and priest Fr Lucian Armstrong was always optimistic — even as he lay in hospital a month before...

Ugandan priest takes two-year break in NZ

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A change is as good as a rest for Ugandan priest Fr John Vianney Makanda, in St Mary’s parish, Papakura. Fr...

Flooding sees Auckland cathedral concert cancelled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A concert in St Patrick's Cathedral on May 17 had to be cancelled at the last minute after nearby...

Late fatherhood a key in Wanganui man’s work

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — “Surprised and unexpected, but absolutely delighted to receive this acknowledgement,” was the immediate response from Wanganui’s Ted Downs after...

Musical gift provided to Akaroa church

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AKAROA — Easter is always a special time at Akaroa when the church is filled with families enjoying the delights of...

Auckland parishioner shows care for Burmese children

by PETER GRACE ADELAIDE — New Zealand-born Dominican priest Fr Alex Vickers is doing his best to live what he believes — that if a...

Mary provided comfort to dying and bereaved for 17 years

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Accompanying dying patients and their families, comforting people after a loved one has died, conducting funerals and memorial services, praying...

Seminarian is a top speaker

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — A seminarian has been awarded the top National Scholarship in Professional Speaking. Bryan Buenger, who is in his second year of...

Group encourages prayer vigils against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A group called NewZealandersforMarriage is encouraging communities throughout New Zealand to organise prayer vigils in support of traditional marriage and against...

Sweet Garden

BY JULIA DU FRESNE I once knew a parish priest who didn’t believe in purgatory. He said so. From the pulpit. Another concedes that it...

Argentinians in New Zealand hail Francis

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — “Joy, excitement and pride” — that's how Walter Alvarez described his reaction to the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario...

Kiwi priest pedals miles on Dutch roads

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Kiwi priest Fr Marcel Smits might have 11 churches in his parish in the Netherlands, but getting to them by...

Couple to help in Timor-Leste

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Auckland Catholic couple Andrew Leong and Mary Seong are preparing to spend the next 12 months volunteering in East...