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Akld Rosary Procession to finish after 20 years

Organisers of Auckland’s annual Candlelight Rosary Procession at Sacred Heart College on the first Sunday of October have decided not to carry on with the event. Co-organiser Colin...

Jerusalem stations home after facelift

  Patrick Seconi and Ted Downs of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui took a final look at the stations of...

Being good and great after the hate

In the wake of the terror shootings in Christchurch, with the dead still awaiting burials as this editorial is being written, it is difficult to find...

Protest at March for Life disappoints

Hamilton’s March for Life around the streets of the city this year was followed in close proximity by a noisy pro-choice counter-protest.  Voice for Life’s Kate Cormack, who...

A step on the journey to Easter sacraments

Catechumens and candidates from throughout Hamilton diocese travelled to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton on March 10 for the Rite of Election. In this...

Cathedrals combine for Ash Wednesday

Auckland’s Catholic and Anglican cathedral communities came together again this year in a solemn ecumenical liturgy with imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. The annual ecumenical liturgy was held this...

The real war is against a culture of death

by Brendan Malone Whenever people ask me what I think is the biggest challenge we face today in regard to abortion, it can be tempting to think in...

Blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; cause unknown

PARIS (CNS) -- A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the center...

Tears at Christchurch Mass for Peace

Tears flowed as heartfelt grief was expressed during a Mass for Peace celebrated by Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, on March 16, one day after the...

Chaldean Catholics able to empathise

The St Addai Chaldean Catholic community in south Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy — because many members of the...

Chch parishioners knew people at mosque

“You could sense the atmosphere at our Masses today was very different.” That is what Sancta Maria (Addington Beckenham) parish priest Fr Peter Head, SM, told NZ...

Pope to Young People: God loves you, the Church needs you

By Seàn-Patrick Lovett  “Christ is alive and He wants you to be alive!” The opening lines of the Apostolic Exhortation set both the tone and the content...

Wellington buildings review on

Cardinal John Dew has directed every parish in Wellington archdiocese to carry out a review of its churches and presbyteries, which will, ultimately, lead to a reduction in the...

Students told to keep Jesus central

“Keep Christ in the centre” was the advice given by Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley to the students and staff of Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby as the bishop...

Activist despairs at state of ‘left’ at times

Churches have resources to advance Treaty of Waitangi justice and other, related, justice issues that activists like Sue Bradford can only dream about. That is what the...

Good Shepherd College changes loom

A single provider for Catholic tertiary education is expected to be fully in place for the 2020 academic year as the Provincial Council of the Society of Mary...

Family deal proposed for church

by PETER OWENS The Queenstown-Lakes District is experiencing an economic boom with thousands of visitors every week of the year and more — and wealthier — retirees settling in...

Popular Samoan priest farewelled in Auckland

Auckland diocese has lost a popular priest with the death of Fr Ikensasio Vitaliano on February 1. Fr Vitaliano had been suffering from cancer of the tongue. He was 65 years...

Jubilee celebration for Chch Carmelite

by JENNY McPHEE A festival atmosphere could be heard beyond the thick stone walls of the Carmelite Monastery in Christchurch on February 2. The occasion was the...

Welcome for new Anglican Bishop of Christchurch

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, is looking forward to working with the new Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Peter Carrell, who was ordained on February 9. Bishop...

Discipleship College in flux

The Catholic Discipleship College has not received any applications at all for its 2019 programme, forcing it to suspend operations this year. In a letter to...

Multi-talented Fr Paul steps down

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Paul Shannahan, SM, retired in February after 55 years of priestly service. He leaves Akaroa parish, where he has served as parish priest for...

Faiths come together in wake of terror attacks

Neighbours came together in solidarity in a special service in Ponsonby two days after the terrorist killings in Christchurch. On Vermont Street, off Ponsonby Rd,...

Minister’s Filipino-Catholic jibe ‘hurtful’

New Zealand First may have an “uphill battle” in gaining the support of Filipino immigrants and Catholics after Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones’ hurtful remarks against...

Bishop criticizes ‘faith-filled’ Catholics who spread fear of Muslims

DUBLIN (CNS) -- An Irish bishop has criticized Catholics who identify as "faith-filled" while spreading fear and mistrust of immigrants, particularly those who are...

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...