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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Christchurch Catholic cathedral dome to be taken down

CHRISTCHURCH The main dome of the severely damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch is to be removed over several months to reduce...

All Christchurch parishes closed until engineers inspect them

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (CNS) No Catholic church or school in Christchurch will be used until engineers have declared it safe. Christchurch Bishop Barry...

Christchurch schools and churches off limits pending inspection

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand No Catholic church or school in Christchurch will be able to be used until consulting engineers have declared it safe. ...

Christchurch Catholic Cathedral partially destroyed in earthquake

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand Christchurch's devastating earthquake on February 22, which has seen dozens of people killed, has also partially destroyed the Catholic Cathedral of...