10,000 celebrate Sinulog in Faith event

by CHERRY C. THELMO-FERNANDEZ AUCKLAND — Nearly 10,000 people took part in a Catholic event, Sinulog 2012, at the North Shore Events Centre last month. In...

Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business

Knockabout Pacific humour thrives on stereotypes and having fun. This doesn’t translate easily to the big screen. But Sione’s Wedding was a hit and...

Carmelite nun gets her diploma in surprise presentation

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — Secrets are possible even in enclosed religious communities, as Carmelite Sr Cushla Renton found out to her delight on December...

Justice and peace commission turns its gaze overseas

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Recruiting will start this month for a new working committee on peace and international justice issues, which will be part...

Young Aaron’s football success a tribute to Dad

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Thirteen-year-old Aaron Dahmen scored the winning goal for New Zealand in a football match against Australia in January — but,...

Muslim MP upholds Pope’s example for Europe

VATICAN CITY — Calls by a British minister who is a Muslim to follow the Pope's example and reject intolerant secularisation in Europe have...

Family fun day bigger and full of potential

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Numbers are expected to increase for the second Family Fun Day, to be held on February 5. Four hundred people...

Numerous highlights in South Island Road Retreat

by JOY COWLEY The Holy Sites of Europe and the Middle East are popular with New Zealand pilgrims, but there is much inspiration reinforcing our...

Prayers sought for cause of Suzanne Aubert

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Pamphlets with prayers for the cause for the beatification of Suzanne Aubert are being distributed in New Zealand parishes. The...

Author suggests feminism may be a heresy

The following summary of an article in Crisis magazine postulates that feminism might be a heresy. by JOHN ZMIRAK You might be surprised to hear feminism...

Priests help with rescue and support after ship sinks

ROME (Zenit) — Catholic chaplains have been closely involved in rescue and support efforts as 21 passengers from the Costa Concordia cruise ship remain...

UK MPs criticise Iran for religious persecution

LONDON (BWNS) — Members of Parliament here have sharply criticised Iran for its human rights violations, focusing especially on the "steep rise" in the...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia...

Atheist sees much to admire in the Christmas story

There was much for Christians and non-Christians to learn from the wisdom of an atheist, political leader Dr Russel Norman, writes Ian Harris in...

What we give, we shall receive

by JULIA DU FRESNE Why should we bother with contemplative prayer? Isn’t it a bit weird? It’s all very well for monks and nuns and...

Columbans give calendars to prisoners

NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — One way the Columban Mission reached out to the marginalised at Christmas was by donating 800 Columban Calendars to prisoners...

Ethnic mix increasing at Catholic schools

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Maori, Pasifika and Asian children and young people make up about 40 per cent of students enrolled in Catholic schools...

Historic church decommissioned

by GILLIAN VINE A DUNEDIN church, where poet James K. Baxter worshipped in the 1960s, has been decommissioned. St Andrew’s Ocean View, not used regularly for...

Two sisters winners in song contest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Two sisters were winners in the finals of the fourth Voice for Life National Pro-Life Songwriting Contest on December...

College special awards winners named

WELLINGTON — The dux of St Bernard's College, Wellington, for 2011 is Daniel Campbell. Daniel was awarded the Hutt Valley Marist Old Boys Cup...

Mixed reaction to drop in number of abortions in NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Pro-life organisations have welcomed a drop in the annual number of abortions in New Zealand, but they have expressed...

South welcomes new priest

by GILLIAN VINE DUNEDIN — “It’s been a long journey for Vaughan,” said Brian Rabbitt, on December 2 at the Mass of Ordination in Mosgiel...

Gisborne church rededicated

by JOHN GILLIES GISBORNE — Gisborne Catholics celebrated a return to their spiritual home on December 3, with the rededication of the church of St...

Rugby stars about to kick off married life

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The last few weeks were hectic for Black Fern Karina Penetito as she prepared for three rugby internationals against England,...

Village church a treasure at the lake

by JUDITH DOYLE The Catholic Church of St Werenfried in Waihi Village, southern Lake Taupo, is truly a taonga. Only a hop, skip and jump...

NZ Catholic art contest winners revealed

NZ Catholic, ‘The true meaning of Christmas’ art competiton 2011, winners. Year 5 winner Dominic Chanwai Titled: Birth of Jesus Mt Carmel School, Meadowbank, Auckland Year 6 winner Georgia Healy Titled: Jesus is born St Joseph’s School, Temuka. Year 7 winner (NZC HOME PAGE) Hannah Wildash-Chan Titled: The 3 Kings St Benedict’s School, Khandallah, Wellington Year 8 winner Sean Kilkelly Titled: Jesus’ birth to all nations Home-schooled, Rotorua. Year 9 winner Chelsie Struik Titled: Family of Stars Sacred Heart College, Wellington. Year 10 winner Josiah Francis Kilkelly Titled: Gods Greatest Gift Home-schooled, Rotorua. NZ Catholic, ‘The true meaning of Christmas’ art competiton 2011, finalists. Elizabeth KJC Nahu, Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Holly Brittain, Year 5, St Mary’s School, Tauranga. Samantha Samaniego, Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Tayla Coochey, Year 5, St Joseph’s School, Temuka. Sophia Suminski, Year 10, St Mary’s School, Blenheim. George, Year 4, St Theresa’s, Invercargill. Jack Browning, Year 4, St Theresa’s, Invercargill. Alex Garcia, Year 10, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. Anastasia Williams, Year 9, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. Joaquin Ramos, Year 5, St Brigid’s School, Johnsonville, Wellington. Joshua Trotter, Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Mariana McClean Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Xavier Barry, Year 5, St Mary’s School, Tauranga. Mary Spring, Year 8, Campion College, Gisborne Mitchell, Finlay and Xavier, Year 6, St Theresa’s School, Invercargill. Charlotte McIntyre Year 7, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Akena Frisby, Year 7, St Joseph’s School, Temuka. Results with photos of top entries in the next two issues of NZ Catholic, published on December 18 and December 25.

Babette has warning for New Zealand bishops

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The dramatic 2008 failure of pro-life action in Victoria is a warning to New Zealand’s Catholic bishops, says Australian pro-life...

Large intake of seminary students expected for 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The national diocesan seminary is expected to be at full capacity next year with an influx of students for the...

Positive start for new St Mary’s principal

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The new principal of St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, Jane Holloway, told a formal welcome to the school that there is...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive...