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Pope Francis observes third anniversary with message of mercy

April 2016 News Annette Scullion, Story and photo His Holiness Pope Francis marked his third anniversary as pontiff of the Catholic Church, during his weekly Sunday blessing on 13 March 2016 by reinforcing his message of mercy telling the faithful about the Biblical story of the adulterous woman whom Jesus refused to condemn.  To observe the

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Retiring CEO leaves integrated schools in good shape

April 2016 News Annette Scullion After 22 years at the helm of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office retiring CEO Br Sir Pat Lynch KNZM says it’s time to pass the ball to someone else. He says it has been a privileged journey to have worked with the education sector over 22 years and to

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New Mission Centre for Sacred Heart Napier

April 2016 News Annette Scullion, Story and photos On a bright sunny afternoon, Friday 3 March, Sacred Heart College, Napier, students and staff were full of pride and excitement as they hosted guests at the blessing and official opening of their new Mission Centre building. After waiting a long time for a new spiritual centre and

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Annual Blessing of the Boats, Island Bay, 2016

March 2016 Report Annette Scullion The Blessing of the Boats takes place on the second Sunday of February every year at Island Bay on Wellington’s South Coast. Local clergy bless a fleet of fishing boats and other sea-craft in this traditional ceremony to grant them ‘safe carriage and plentiful bounties’. The Blessing of the Boats

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Bishop Barry Jones, Catholic Bishop of Christchurch Diocese, remembered

March 2016 Obituary Simone Olsen, Communications Adviser for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops ‘It is with great sadness we heard today of the passing of Bishop Barry Jones,’ announced Cardinal John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, on Saturday 13 February 2016. ‘My brother Bishops and I would like to extend our

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Cyclone Winston devastation in Fiji ‘worse than we could ever have imagined’

March 2016 News Crispin Anderlini and Emily Benefield, Caritas Aotearoa NZ Whole villages have been destroyed, thousands of people are sheltering in evacuation centres and a state of emergency has been declared in Fiji following Cyclone Winston – a Category 5 storm reported as the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. Cyclone Winston reached

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The Dangers of Euthanasia: Have Your Say

Get Involved ‘Life is full of blessings, challenges and opportunities. Even dying brings its own unique blessings, challenges and opportunities. ‘Dying well’ is as important as reaching our potential at school and at work, or finding happiness and fulfilment within our families and with our friends. The work of dying well often involves the healing

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Thorndon Jubilee: a Celebration of Faith

December 2015 News Fr James Lyons Laughter, joy, and delightful cries of ‘Great to see you again!’ and ‘Do you remember…?’ filled two days of reunion over Labour Weekend as Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sacred Heart Primary School, St Mary’s College, and the Marist Brothers’ school, celebrated 165 years of Catholic presence. Faith was the winner,

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Profiling Porirua – 50 years a city

December 2015 Profile ‘Mo Te Katoha Nga Mahi’ ‘All that is done is done for the good of all’ Porirua was created as a planned city after World War 2. With a rich heritage and a growing multitude of cultures and the city has life of its own, where many are proud to call home.

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Door of Mercy

December 2015 Feature Louise Campbell, Director, National Liturgy Office, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference The specific gesture that marks the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy is the opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome. On that day, the Holy Door, usually bricked up, will become a Door of

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