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...

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...

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...

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...

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...