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Spiritual balm for faith community nurses

The holistic nature of faith community nursing was highlighted for 36 delegates at a recent conference on the subject with the exploration of a range of topics from care of the aged to spiritual aspects of mental illness and historical biblical models. Read more »

Nelson doctor takes stand against prescribing contraceptives

A Nelson doctor has told his female patients he will no longer prescribe contraceptives because of his faith.
Dr Joseph Hassan wrote to 50 of his patients saying he believed fertility was a gift to be looked after and not something to be medicated f

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Jason lunches with the Pope

When World Youth Day volunteer, Jason Mackiewicz, had lunch with the pope, and 11 other young adult representatives he was overwhelmed by the symbolism of the event.
Here they were, these disciples, ‘breaking bread’ with the Church’s leader and one o

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World Youth Day – back to the future

Wellington’s pilgrimage started long before our feet left NZ soil (Archdio pilgrimage prep nights, an ANZAC Day dawn parade, individual reflections and 18 months of fundraisers); long before we followed St Paul’s footsteps through Turkey; long before we f

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Mercy justice CD wins secular award

Mercy Sisters around the world are ecstatic that their latest digital production has won at the Australian Teachers of Māories of hope in situations of injustice and gives scriptural reflection and suggestions

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Commissioning signals the start of formal lay ministry

It was a significant and joyous moment when Jackie Jansen, the first graduate from the lay formation programme, Launch Out, was commissioned by Archbishop John Dew at St Peter and Paul’s parish church, Lower Hutt.
In his homily Archbishop John acknow

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Catholics told to scan the margins for credibility signs

The church needs to listen to the people on its fringes to make itself credible in today’s world, says one speaker at the recent colloquium to mark the Palmerston North diocese’s 25th birthday.
The four-day colloquium drew speakers from New Zealand a

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New diplomat keeps mum on controversial survey

The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Charles Balvo, says he is unable to comment on a reported Vatican move to screen prospective seminarians for homosexual orientation.
The publication of the document which purports to have all seminarians checked to ma

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