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Faith flourished on farm for US cardinal

Growing up in a loving and devout Catholic home, while working on a dairy farm in the US state of Wisconsin, was how Cardinal Raymond Burke...

Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of...

Dunedin High Tea for very good cause

by JEFF DILLON An opportunity to share High Tea with Bishop Michael Dooley proved attractive as about 100 Dunedin faithful gathered recently at a former Sisters of Mercy...

Warrior for his country now warrior for God

Deacon Gary Stone spent decades being a warrior for his country, Australia, and is now a warrior for God.  That’s how he was introduced at the...

Need to talk about ‘unwanted abortions’

Life-affirming organisations providing support to women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant need to be the sector leaders in the field to prevent knee-jerk reactions in favour of...

Wgtn priests fast and pray for day following Pope’s call

Priests in Wellington archdiocese committed to prayer and fasting on October 5 following on from Pope Francis’ August request that the People of God pray and fast in...

Pastoral letter for Respect Life Sunday

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops marked Respect Life Sunday on October 14 with a message to the Catholic community on the preciousness and fragility of life.  The bishops wrote a...

Wgtn council plaque for Suzanne Aubert

Venerable Suzanne Aubert was honoured in a ceremony at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington on October 5, the 92nd anniversary of her funeral. As part of the Wellington...

Francis stolen from Ponsonby church

A billboard of Pope Francis with the word “welcome” has been stolen from in front of Sacred Heart church in Ponsonby, Auckland. Parish pastoral coordinator Eddie Eyre said he last saw...

Pat retires and reflects on Church changes

Only someone who has served the Church at grass roots level for more thana quarter of a century can lovingly refer to it as a “weird...

Access and acceptance needed in parishes

by SARAH SPARKS Attending Mass regularly and on time might be a challenge for some able-bodied people. Yet for almost a quarter of the community who are...

Call to resist trend towards isolationism

Former Commonwealth Secretary- General and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Sir Donald McKinnon has appealed to political leaders to maintain their nations’ relationships with “like minded countries” and...

Priest a friend to many because he was friend of God

In his priestly ministry, Msgr Pat Ward was a friend to so many people because he was first a friend of God’s. That was one of the...

Much loved colleague farewelled in Akld

Staff of Auckland diocese paid their last respects to their much loved colleague Myra Crawford at a requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on September 19. Mrs Crawford,...

Jubilarians Mass in Whanganui a first

For the first time since Palmerston North diocese was formed in 1980, the annual jubilarians Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated away from the Cathedral of the...

Kiwi Jesuit now trained in canon law

New Zealander and Jesuit Fr Justin Glyn recently completed a JCL (Licence in Canon Law) at St Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Normally a three-year course, Fr...

End of era for St Mary’s as last Mercy Sister departs

It was the end of an era for St Mary’s College in Ponsonby, Auckland when thelast Sister of Mercy on the school’s staff, Sr Priscilla Kohlhase,...

Catholics invited to retrace Aubert’s steps

Catholics throughout the country are being invited to consider going on pilgrimage in New Zealand and retracing the footsteps of Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Sunday, October 7, marks the third annual...

Hamilton bishop knight chaplain in equestrian order

by PAT McCARTHY Seven new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were invested in a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, on September 15. The...

Bishop asks parishes for housing crisis responses

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged parishes in his diocese to consider what responses they can make to address the housing crisis in their areas. In a pastoral...

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing...

Launching the next generation of saints

Young people, particularly teenagers, are not leaving the Church because they are rejecting its truth. Rather, they are leaving because the Church they see does not seem...

NZ bishop’s voice heard at Rome synod

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called for “a new model of formation” of young people that will make them missionary disciples “in and for the contemporary age”. On...

Catholics face choices in midst of ‘demonic storm’

by PAT McCARTHY A senior Vatican cardinal believes Catholics face two choices as the Church experiences a “perfect demonic storm” due to sexual abuse. “We are at a moment...

Participants: Final synod document to focus on all young adults

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The synod's final document will seek to address issues concerning all young people and not just those issues facing young...

Tap and Go fundraiser for new church

Parishes in various parts of this country are becoming more creative in terms of fundraising and are starting to embrace new technology to reach their goals.This was...

Call for radical reshaping of Church governance

A leading Catholic layman has called for a radical reshaping of governance of the Catholic Church.  The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference’s Council for Young People chair, Dave Mullin,...

The Catholic Apostleship of the Sea and Anglican Mission to Seafarers held a joint conference in Lyttelton on the weekend of September 8-9 to map the future service...

Finding news articles relevant to young people

For the past few weeks I have been visiting the NZ Catholic offices in Ponsonby as a hopeful future journalist, looking to learn the ropes and see firsthand...

Calls for Francis resignation dangerous CNS chief says

Catholic News Service director and editor-in-chief Greg Erlandson said calls for Pope Francis to resign are “extremely dangerous” adding that he felt some people have...