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...

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...