Democracy needs virtue, says papal biographer

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Freedom and democracy are not enough for a flourishing society — virtue is also essential, says American author and intellectual...

Battle over chapel altar moves up a notch

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — The wrangle over the Italian marble altar at Teschemakers Chapel could roll on into 2012 as the battle moves up...

Convicted fraudster to help with investigations

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society hopes convicted fraudster Susan Hagai will continue to help its investigations for possible future civil...

Second language no barrier for speech winner

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A 12-year-old Catholic girl with English as her second language has won a major speech prize. Teisa Semisi is a year...

Are we truly satisfied in New Zealand?

Perhaps the most famous election slogan in New Zealand’s political history was that which took Robert Muldoon’s National Party to a landslide victory in...

French connection in Far North detailed

by NZ CATHOLIC staff RUSSELL — A new book reflecting on the early French Catholic presence in the Far North of New Zealand was launched...

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...

Kiwis encouraged to pray for election

By NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — New Zealand Christian Network is encouraging Kiwis to pray for the upcoming election. National director Glyn Carpenter said: “Maybe this...

12 finalists chosen for pro-life songwriting contest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Record entries saw a total of 50 reduced to 12 finalists for this year’s National Pro-life Songwriting Contest to...

Church leaders want a fairer society

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — As the 2011 General Election nears, members of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services say they seek...

Ancient order coming to NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — An ancient order of knighthood will conduct its first New Zealand investiture, in Auckland on November 26. The Equestrian Order...

Stolen chalices found

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — A rare find shows the hand of God once more in Christchurch. Squatters took historic and valuable chalices from the forbidden...

Printing error delays NZ’s new translation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The new translation of the Roman Missal will not be introduced in New Zealand on the first Sunday of...

Catholic social services go back to the future

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — For some years the social services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland has been known as Catholic Family and...

Bush work no sweat for 93-year-old

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Roye Hammond is 93 years of age and still swings a pick and shovel with a vigour that would put...

The pragmatic case against euthanasia

The following is a presentation by Nathaniel Centre director John Kleinsman at the St John’s Public Issues Forum, held at St John’s-in-the-City (Presbyterian) Conference...

Churches ponder options after insurer withdraws

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — A major insurer of Church buildings will not write any new insurance cover against earthquakes in New Zealand from December...

Powerhouse priest guided young Kiwis

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY A man of medium height and of strong muscular build, in his mid 30s, is bounding up — or down — the...

School fair, Balmoral

Nov. 5: Good Shepherd school fair, Saturday November 5 from 10am, 30 Telford Ave, Balmoral. Lots of family fun and stalls.

Faith lived under apartheid

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The contrast between apartheid-era South Africa and New Zealand is still striking for NZ Catholic’s advertising manager Dennis Augustine. Mr Augustine...

NZ bishop criticises new English of Mass

by PETER GRACE A potentially controversial opinion piece by the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Colin Campbell, was published in The Tablet (UK) on September 17. In...

Ngaio church sold, then leased back

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Having sold a parish church, Khandallah parishioners are set to move straight back into it. St John’s Church in Ngaio...

Wanaka pupils create seasonal saga

by MICHAEL OTTO WANAKA — Ten students at Holy Family School, Wanaka, have been writing and drawing to highlight the meaning of Christmas. The fruit of...

Kiwi Party joins forces with Conservative Party

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The Kiwi Party will not stand candidates under its own banner in the General Election, but is encouraging members to...

Different faiths to pray together in NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — A multi-faith prayer service will be held in all of New Zealand’s Catholic dioceses to mark the 25th anniversary...

Feast of first Filipino saint celebrated

by ROMY UDANGA AUCKLAND — Close to 400 Catholic Filipinos celebrated the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and his companions at the Star...

‘Mass is boring — I don’t want to go’

John Henry Newman once remarked that the Church hierarchy considered all converts dangerous. As a temperamentally disputatious ex-Methodist, I am sensitive to the charge and...

Search on for new Missionz national director

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The search for a new national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies/Missionz (PMS) has begun. Fr Paul Shannahan, SM, made...

Aussie invite for Kiwis in Rome

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand and Oceania Catholic visitors to Rome have been invited to make use of Domus Australia, the pilgrim...

Christ’s mercy a turning point for former atheist

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Realising the mercy of Christ when he was a teenaged atheist was a turning point for French priest Fr Patrice...