Sunday, January 27, 2013



New National Director for National Office for Professional Standards (22 Jan 2013)

Archbishop John Dew has announced that Mr Bill Kilgallon is to replace Mr John Jamieson, who retires in February, as National Director for the Office for Professional Standards, the office which is tasked with dealing with complaints of abuse against clergy or religious...



Parachute sells out
If you're planning a trip to Parachute this afternoon or tomorrow and don't have tickets yet forget it. All 17,500 tickets for the Christian music festival at Mystery Creek Events Centre near Hamilton have sold out.

Parachute Music Festival 2013: photos

Committee 'menacing' to anti-gay teenager (photo)
Sunday Star Times
A teenager opposed to gay marriage has accused select committee members of behaving in a hostile and ''menacing'' way to submitters who are against a proposed law change for same-sex couples. 18-year-old Grace Carroll, a Catholic design student from Wellington, appeared in front of the committee on December 10. 

School picks up on valuable life skills (photo)
When Chris May, a teacher at St Columba's Catholic School in Hamilton, read our story this month about how young people are less likely to be able to change a tyre than their elders, he got in touch. The boys in his class wouldn't have a problem, he said. 

Cathedrals debate reaches Vatican City (photo)
The debate over the fate of Christchurch's two wounded cathedrals has reached Vatican City. The leaders of the world's two most powerful Christian churches are both aware that Christchurch's Catholic and Anglican cathedrals suffered severe quake damage and that debates over their future have polarised the community.

Vandals take off Jesus' head (photo)
A statue of a young Jesus in the arms of St Joseph was smashed by vandals in New Plymouth at the weekend.

Ohakune church's new saviour (photo)
Ohakune man Keady Crowley's pride is evident as he surveys the completed restoration of St Joseph's Catholic Church in Ohakune.

Sculpture turns heads at Pompallier Mission (photo) 
Visitors to Russell have only a few more days to experience something truly exceptional on-site at Pompallier Mission, the NZ Historic Places Trust property. As well as enjoying the unique French pioneer printery and beautiful gardens, visitors can view sculptures in the grounds of Pompallier Mission until early February.

Punk rocker's body returns home (photo) 
The family of a Wellington punk rocker who was fatally beaten in London are relieved to finally have his body home in New Zealand. Steve Andrews, 46, died from head injuries after a fight outside a London pub in December. A 28-year-old man from Exeter was arrested in connection with his death.



LIGHT OF THE WORLD - Otago Catholic Access Radio

20 Jan 2013 – In the first of a series, Msgr William Smith considers the nature of moral law, and the difference between the natural law and revealed law in scripture. Also Breda Ennis gives us a sound-seeing tour of the central dome of the Sistine Chapel. 

SOUNDS CATHOLIC - Christchurch Catholic Radio

January 20 2013

We give thanks for the work and love of guide dogs, and of one in particular 


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** The Eucharist shock factor… in case you still thought it was just a 'metaphor' (a 'big picture' of the Catholic faith at the Augustine Institute in Colorado)

** Of altar servers and cassocks (a video on the role of the altar server)

** Should drugs be permitted in sport?

** Too soon? (canonisation for Pope john Paul II)

** A move in the right direction (a new manual on the celebration of the Mass and participation in it)



'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. 

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'.

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet'

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report'

NZ Catholic Education Office. 'Good News and the News'

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger'

St Columban's Mission Society. 'The Far East'

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine.



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