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After attacks, NZ bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) -- New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that...

Seal of confession issues often misunderstood

A New Zealand canon lawyer has discussed, in a peer-reviewed book, the Church’s law on the seal of confession, with particular reference to sexual...

Santo Niño devotion thrives in Aotearoa

The Filipino Catholic community gathered on the North Shore in Auckland on January 20 to mark the 25th anniversary of their devotion to Senyor Santo (Sto) Niño...

Liturgy Office restructure possible

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference is reviewing the possibility of restructuring the National Liturgy Office. NZCBC president Bishop Patrick Dunn said the bishops are...

Papal award for Papanui parishioner

by LAUREN BUTLER On January 20 at St Gregory's church in Bishopdale, Christchurch, Bishop Paul Martin, SM, presented Janette McKee with a Pro Ecclesia Et...

NZ families not keen on their sons being priests

A senior Wellington priest has made some “personal observations” about the shortage of vocations to the priesthood in this country. Writing in the January 27...

Happy 100th for Fr Timmerman

By LYNDSAY FREER Much loved Mill Hill priest Fr Anton Timmerman celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday January 19 with a Mass at Mercy Parklands...

‘Hearts’ deals with hot topics

Hearts Aflame 2019 started on January 4 in a spirit of expectation with a weekend retreat themed as “Called”, led by Hearts Aflame “old-boy”...

Kiwis to the forefront at World Youth Day in Panama

Young Kiwis literally took centre stage at World Youth Day in Panama, an event that Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan described as “truly transformational...

Remember World Day of the Sick

New Zealand parishes are being encouraged to mark this year’s World Day of the Sick through prayer, reflecting on a video, anointing of the...

Cardinal John Dew at protection of minors summit at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In an opulent Vatican room designed in the 16th century for papal meetings with kings, a cardinal read, "We confess...

Time for all-out battle against crime of abuse says Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face...

Measures flowing from protection of minors summit are imminent says moderator

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete...

New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just...

Marists leave Hamilton

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe declared 2019 a “fallow year” in terms of Māori mission and pastoral care as he bade farewell to Marist Fathers...

Collaboration is a key priority

Listening to the people of the Auckland diocese as to how they would like to like to collaborate with the Diocesan Pastoral and Evangelisation...

Tongan tribute to a ‘pastoral ministry’

The esteem in which a New Zealand missionary priest was held was demonstrated by the turnout at his funeral. Among those at the funeral for...

Distinguished scientist becomes a Dame

Several Catholics received honours in the New Year’s Honours List. Among them were: Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of Epsom was made a Dame Companion of the...

Hitting the right notes in NZ’s southern churches

by JEFF DILLON In mid-December, St Joseph's cathedral in Dunedin resounded to soaring voices and orchestral instruments as the visiting Sydney based choir and ensemble,...

P. North diocese loses two women of great faith

Palmerston North diocese has lost two women of great faith with the deaths on the same day of Sr Helena Hart, DOLC, in Whanganui...

Polish Knight’s Cross for Dunedin woman

by JEFF DILLON Some Christmas presents can provide a great sense of gratitude for what the gift represents. This has proved to be the case...

Remarkable Little Sister farewelled

by JEFF DILLON The remarkable life of Sr Marie of the Holy Redeemer, LSP, (aged 104) came to an end on December 21st, 2018 at...

Ethnic mix changing in Catholic schools

Last year was the first year that non-European/Pākehā students made up more than half the number of students in Catholic schools in New Zealand.  Using Ministry of Education...

Like Mary, be ‘influencers’ for God, pope urges at World Youth...

PANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Although Mary would not be considered an "influencer," like many social media personalities, she still became the most influential woman...

Marginalized take center stage at World Youth Day 2019

By Rhina Guidos PANAMA CITY (CNS) -- One thing is clear about World Youth Day 2019: This one is not focused on convening great masses...

NZ-based theologian is an abuse survivor

by PHILIPPA HITCHEN ROME (CNS) – A New-Zealand-based theologian was one of several female survivors of sexual abuse by priests to call on Church leaders...

New full biography a milestone in Colin cause

The first full-length biography since the 19th century of a man whose name, it is said, deserves to be as well-known as that of Samuel Marsden in...

Alleged racism confrontation in US more complex than first portrayed

WASHINGTON (CNS) - An exchange between Catholic high school students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington on January 18 led to vilification...

‘Translation wars’ running out of steam?

More than a year after Pope Francis issued his Motu Propio on liturgical translations, Magnum Principium, the fight over the “translation wars” seemed to...

Abrahamic faiths deepen understanding

What are a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian doing having a coffee together at the Botanical Gardens in Wellington?  Those who watch television...