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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...

First Baptism at the Otago Corrections Facility

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley baptised a prisoner inside the Otago Corrections Facility on December 9, in what was a moving ceremony witnessed by prison...

21 Kiwis heading for WYD in Panama in January

A contingent of 21 New Zealanders will attend the international celebration for the 2019 World Youth Day (WYD2019) in Panama.  The event will be attended by thousands...

Christchurch schools celebrate sacred music

by INFORM Editorial Team November 22 is the feast of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. On the morning of the feast day this year,...

A tiny lady with the warmest of hearts

Janina Sarniak was a tiny lady with the warmest of hearts. Each Sunday for 20 years she would take her seat in the front pew...

NZ bishops help quake-ravaged PNG diocese

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has donated $15,000 to the earthquake-ravaged diocese of Mendi in Papua New Guinea to help with its on-going...

Archdiocese has a new pro-cathedral

by Fr RON BENNETT Because Wellington’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is closed for earthquake-strengthening, Karori’s St Teresa’s church officially became the Pro-Cathedral of the...

Decades of service in Maori mission recognised by Pope

A priest who has worked in the Maori mission in New Zealand since the 1950s has been honoured by Pope Francis. Pa Mikaere (Michael) Ryan,...

Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is...

Upgrade for St Peter’s College chapel

by PETER OWENS The chapel at St Peter’s College in Gore is to receive an upgrade and extension. The St Peter's College Foundation has announced that...

Catholics in P.North anti-weapons protest

Catholics in Palmerston North were among the 200 protesters who joined the Peace March on October 31 in opposition to the trade fair for...

Mary comes back to her Tuakau grotto

by PHIL McLAUGHLIN Sunday, November 18, at Tuakau saw a large gathering of Marist Brothers, former brothers and old boys assemble at the Tuakau Hotel...

Port Chalmers church celebrates 140-year history

by JEFF DILLON To the words of the hymn "Gather us in", a group of people with a variety of connections to the St Mary...

St Heliers parish brings Christmas joy to neighbours

St Ignatius Catholic parish has raised, organised and delivered 370 Christmas hampers full of goodies to schools and a religious group who are looking...

Late blooming talent put to good use

The colourful Christmas cards were spread out on her table adding to the brightness of the flowers in the yellow vase and her electric...

Thomas Merton anniversary marked

By Sr Eleanor Capper, RSJ December 10 marked 50 years since the death of the famous Trappist monk and international author Thomas Merton. He died...

Hamilton diocese event celebrates families

More than two hundred people from some 39 families in the Hamilton diocese came together on the weekend of November 9-11 to celebrate families. The...