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Raetihi church turns 100


On the 17 March, St Patrick’s parish, Seddon Street, Raetihi, was 100 year old and celebrated the occasion on Sunday 25 with Mass at 11 am followed by a luncheon. The little church opened in the main street of the township on the feast of St Patrick, 1907.

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Human trafficking: the fastest growing crime


Human trafficking is equal with drugs trafficking and illegal arms dealing as the biggest international crimes. But trafficking in human beings is outgrowing drugs and arms because, whereas they can be consumed or used only once, people can be sold over and over again.

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The genesis of Genesis


The need to present the God of Israel as strong and powerful in a time of Jewish adversity sparked the writing of chapter one, long after chapter two had become common currency.

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Archbishop John


The World Youth Day Cross and Icon, entrusted to the youth of the world by Pope John Paul II in 1984, are coming to the diocese in June.

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Synod 2006 salt and light and sourdough yeast

‘You are like sourdough yeast. The yeast needs sustenance to grow. And when that happens, it can be divided and shared with others. Those others in turn need to give their share of life and sustenance, otherwise the yeast will die. Just think of the beautiful bread that is baked, as a result of feeding the yeast.’

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The Simpsons on liturgy


In a recent episode of The Simpsons, Ned Flanders is confused that his sons obviously prefer the supervision of neighbour Marge Simpson to that of their own father. When he asks them why they like it so much when Marge spends time with them, his boys reply, ‘She makes us happy. And not Church happy – real happy.’

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