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...

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...