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Pope Francis on marriage and family

May 2016 Pope Francis’ document on marriage and the family follows the two gatherings of bishops and lay persons and consultation with Catholics worldwide to discuss challenges facing families. Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, signals the Pope’s vision for the Church as a family of families. It reaffirms the welfare of the family

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Helen Clark says NZ can provide model of religious diversity

May 2016 Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says New Zealand can provide a model of religious diversity for the rest of the world. Miss Clark, who heads the United Nations Development Programme, said this at the opening of the new Religious Diversity Centre in Wellington on Wednesday 30 March, while home briefly in New Zealand.

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Pentecost – When Giving Brings Life

May 2016 Reflections Fr James Lyons Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Pentecost 2016 falls 50 days after Easter 2016, and ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord. What happens to the gifts we give, or are given? Some appear very quickly

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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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