Indian Kiwi gives help to his own

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A Catholic missionary who became a Kiwi is now working with poor communities in India. Tony Vijayraj told NZ Catholic on...

The problem with our Catholic schools

by TREVOR POWELL It used to be that our schools had to take five per cent of non Catholics. In many schools it feels like...

Meditation seen as positive for school life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fr Peter Murphy of St Mary’s Parish, Papakura, may be the Johnny Appleseed of meditation. It seems that wherever Fr Murphy...

Christchurch schools cope through seismic struggles

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Earthquakes have plunged Christchurch into a city of contrasts, from badly damaged to almost normal, a situation reflected in Catholic...

Jerusalem convent upgrade on the cards

by NZ CATHOLIC staff JERUSALEM — St Joseph's Convent in Jerusalem-Hiruharama may be upgraded to a category I historic place by the New Zealand Historic...

97-year-old soup kitchen legend honoured

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The many years of work among Wellington’s poor and forgotten by Sr Felix Breen, DOLC, has been acknowledged with a...

New Zealand book on prayer launched

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian writers feature in a new book on prayer that was launched at St Columba Centre...

Sadness at closing of Aubert Home of Compassion in Wanganui

by SUE SECONI Wanganui — It was with much sadness for the Catholic community, the city and the Sisters of Compassion that the order’s leadership...

Lower Hutt Catholic church closed because of earthquake risk

by NZ CATHOLIC staff LOWER HUTT — Sts Peter and Paul church on Knights Rd in Lower Hutt has been closed because it is an...

Kiwis hear of Holy Land hardship and hope

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The most difficult task Claudette Habesch faced in raising her children in Palestine was not letting hatred grow in their...

Survey shows why Catholics quit the Church

RADNOR, Pennsylvania (CathNews) — In an unusual study whose main results were released at a Catholic University of America conference at the end of...

Church should break boundaries, says Chicago-based priest and professor

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — God’s job description is mission, Jesus’ is evangelisation, and ours is discipleship, says priest and professor Fr Anthony Gittins, CSSp. But...

Priest and professor sees problems with New Evangelisation

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Priest and professor Fr Anthony Gittins, CSSp, sees problems with The New Evangelisation, which the Catholic Church is preparing to...

Palmerston North student is top scholar in Maori

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — A young man who is passionate about keeping the Maori language alive has been awarded the 2011 top subject...

Contemporary justice message needed, says Anglican economist

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Economist and journalist Rod Oram has issued a challenge to Christians who advocate for social justice — that they...

Ten new seminarians at Holy Cross in 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Five New Zealand dioceses have seminarians starting at Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby in 2012. The diverse group of 10 new...

Youth ministry in Wellington receives a shake-up

by CALLUM TOWNSEND WELLINGTON — Youth ministry in the Wellington archdiocese has received a shake-up, with a renewed focus on mentoring and training to be...

Fate of cathedral won’t be known for months

CHRISTCHURCH — The fate of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and several other Catholic churches in Canterbury will not be known for several...

World Catholic population up by 15 million

VATICAN CITY, (CWN) — The world’s Catholic population grew by 15 million, or 1.3 per cent, in 2010: the last year for which full...

Hunter becomes prey in Nordic thriller

by NEVIL GIBSON Sociologists, cultural critics and, no doubt, even theologians have tried to explain why Nordic crime thrillers have become so popular in the...

Tiny parish a powerful community

by PETER GRACE RONGOTEA, Manawatu — There must be something in the Manawatu water that develops apostolates and service. Three parishioners from the country parish of...

The Holy Land — a different way forward?

by PETER MURPHY It is so easy to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the early years Israel had the support of the Western...

Priest who never wavered dies

GORE — Long-serving diocesan priest Fr Gerard Mary (“Gerry”) Fitzgibbon, who died on January 23, was described by Bishop Colin Campbell as a man...

Palestine — the holy or unholy land?

by PETER MURPHY What are the social and political realities of the land of the Bible today? It was my good fortune to have been in...

Clooney avoids Caesar’s fate

by NEVIL GIBSON American politics, at least to outsiders, is an extravagant and expensive business. Over the years, Hollywood has risen to the occasion with many...

Seven decades of tinkling the keys

by KATHY WATSON CHRISTCHURCH — Maria McSweeney has been playing the organ at church for 72 years. At the age of 12 she took up the...

Dare to be different — a bishop’s challenge

There are 22 million lapsed Catholics in the United States of America. After practising Catholics and Baptists, they constitute the third largest “denomination”....

Minister defends Catholic schools against homophobia accusation

LONDON (CathNews) — The British Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has defended the right of Catholic schools to promote Church teaching on homosexuality following a...

Holy Father accepts NZ bishop’s resignation

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — On February 22, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Palmerston North, Bishop Peter Cullinane, upon having...

New Roman Missal finally delivered

by PETER GRACE The new Roman Missal was delivered to dioceses in mid-February. Some parishes have already received their copies. According to the Liturgy Centre in...