Eastern-rite bishop visit to NZ a first

by MICHAEL OTTO The first bishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to visit New Zealand has heard of the deep love that migrants who belong...

Government-backed registry to record ‘homophobic’ acts

QUEBEC (LifeSiteNews) — In what they are touting as a “world first,” a Quebec homosexual activist group has launched a “registry of homophobic acts”...

New Zealand women told abortion is loving

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — A pamphlet given to women considering an abortion at a Christchurch facility uses language of love, compassion and faith to...

Accomplished musician appointed at cathedral

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — James Tibbles has been appointed cathedral organist at Auckland’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. Mr Tibbles is senior lecturer in early music in...

Cardinal fears a dialogue of the deaf with LCWR

VATICAN CITY (CathNews) — In the wake of Tuesday's meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for...

New priest likes multicultural New Zealand

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Auckland diocese’s newest priest Fr Alfredo Garcia likes the multicultural character of his adopted home, New Zealand. “It is like serving...

Catholic radio show wins a national radio award

by GERARD DUIGNAN CHRISTCHURCH — A labour of love and high standards in radio production have won Sounds Catholic the prestigious 2012 NZ Radio Industry...

Anti-bullying song a hit

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Wellington girl Brianna Anglesey has won Caritas’s annual Singout4Justice songwriting competition. Brianna, a year 8 (form 2) student at Thorndon...

A Mary MacKillop link is restored in Christchurch

by KATHLEEN CASEY and GERARD DUIGNAN CHRISTCHURCH — An important link to St Mary of the Cross MacKillop lies in the Barbadoes St cemetery. Buried...

Vatican puts bar on American sister’s book

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) — The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published a notification about a book, Just Love. A Framework for...

Artificial turf installed for St Peter’s ‘Cage’

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — A new artificial grass sports field at St Peter’s College means students can use the surface ten times as frequently...

Te Kuiti celebrates 100 years of St George’s church

by NZ CATHOLIC staff TE KUITI — The centenary of St George’s Catholic church in Te Kuiti was celebrated in true King Country style on...

Priests’ assembly to be in Rotorua next year

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — A national assembly of diocesan priests is being planned for Rotorua in 2013, NZ Catholic understands. The last two national priests’...

St Benedict’s given Mary MacKillop painting

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A portrait of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has been presented to St Benedict’s Parish, Newton, by the...

The ‘toxic’ male — ways to bulletproof your son

by KIERAN FOUHY A cursory reading and/or watching of the news does not sit well for parents of young men. If the alcohol-fuelled hoon doesn’t grab...

International visitor explores Jewish-Christian dialogue

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Sometimes when Dr Deborah Weissman teaches Christian students from Third World nations who are visiting Jerusalem, they ask if the...

Impressive musician appointed organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — James Tibbles has been appointed cathedral organist at Auckland’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. Mr Tibbles is senior lecturer in early music in...

NZ principal thanks Sydney students for their support

SYDNEY (CW) — The principal of a New Zealand school destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake last year visited Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta,...

Marists move to new centre in Wellington

by LYNDSAY FREER WELLINGTON — The Society of Mary has moved into a new province centre in Thorndon Quay in Wellington. It is the culmination...

Takapuna parishioner honoured with a papal knighthood

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Takapuna parishioner Maurice Boland was honoured with a papal knighthood at St Joseph’s church, Takapuna, on April 21. Mr Boland was...

Pro-life youth and vigour shocks pro-abortion leader

WASHINGTON (LSN) — When Nancy Keenan, the head of America’s oldest abortion lobby, told the Washington Post she was stepping down, she cited a...

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...