‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day

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CDC seeks to raise funds for permanent home

The Catholic Discipleship College is hoping to raise $1 million by January next year in order to purchase a permanent facility where it can form the next generation of leaders for the New Zealand Church. The CDC, which is currently based at the St Joseph’s Centre in Takapuna, is looking for a new home after

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Legion of Christ responds to ‘Paradise Papers’ claims of offshore accounts

Rome, Italy, Nov 18, 2017 / 08:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Reports about the Legion of Christ’s offshore accounts date to the time of its disgraced founder and do not apply to the religious institute today, a spokesman has said. […]

In Syria there are more deaths from lack of healthcare than from bombs

Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2017 / 12:52 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Though the Syrian civil war has de-escalated in recent months, the Holy See’s nuncio to the country says its problems are far from over, particularly regarding healthcare, with more people dying fr… […]

The story of an underground Catholic priest in China

Madrid, Spain, Nov 17, 2017 / 02:15 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in China. Those who adhere to Rome are persecuted by the Chinese government, which only gr… […]

Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At a requiem Mass at the cathedral a week later, principal celebrant Msgr Bernard Kiely said “we all have a John Toland story”. Msgr Kiely, the

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Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New Zealand” about vulnerable children. Mrs Moss, who took charge of the new agency five months ago, spoke at the fundraising dinner for Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn’s Catholic Caring Foundation on September

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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to the poor outside St Peter’s Square

Rome, Italy, Nov 16, 2017 / 12:58 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Thursday made an unannounced visit to a small makeshift medical center in front of St. Peter’s Square where poor and homeless people are receiving free treatment ahead of this week… […]

Bishops of Africa, Europe voice hope for upcoming summit on youth

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Nov 16, 2017 / 02:44 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In preparation for the fifth summit of the African Union and the European Union, the Catholic bishops’ conference of both continents issued a joint statement of support. […]

Christian viewpoints harder to express

Intelligent moral debate and discussion within the public sphere are becoming endangered. Loud voices, which do not necessarily represent the majority, shout down views incompatible with their own. They do so not with respect or reasoned analysis of a different viewpoint, but with bullying and cries of “hate” or “bigot”. This trend is making some

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