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Samoan community talks synod

Ioane Vito Hall in Newtown resounded with the voices of 180 Samoan leaders singing joyfully as they welcomed Archbishop John Dew to their gathering last month. The occasion gave Archbishop John, Frs Maleko and Mauola, Sr Pesio Iosefo, and Lorraine McArth

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Teachers flock to annual commissioning Mass

Teachers are the salt of the earth in the sense that they are catalysts in getting their children to learn.
This was Archbishop John Dew’s message to the largest group of teachers ever at the annual commissioning Mass in the cathedral on 21 February.

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Singing priest donates proceeds to earthquake victims

Marist father, Chris Skinner sm, has donated the proceeds from the sale of his Christmas song to victims of last year’s earthquake in Pakistan.
Fr Chris recorded the song, ‘It’s Christmastime in Aotearoa’ late last year with the help of some money fr

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Genesis: myth or mythdirection?

The recent visit of the director of the Kolbe Centre in the United States, Hugh Owen, raises again the question of how a Catholic is to read the Book of Genesis? The first important guideline in recent times was laid down by Pope Pius XII in his 1943 ency

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Freedom of speech brings responsibility

A few days ago, someone commented that it was common for many people these days to shrug the shoulders and say ‘whatever!’ to something they didn’t agree with.
The context really was that anything goes, anything is acceptable and many people just ac

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Deus Caritas Est – the pope’s first encyclical explained

Last month the new pope’s first encyclical – the highest order of papal letter – burst upon the world with an unexpected freshness. Benedict XVI had chosen as his topic, love. The critics have, in the main, greeted it with enthusiasm, both for the eruditi

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Lent brings Church people together

As a topic for his first letter to the world, Pope Benedict chose to write about God who is love. Many thought he might concentrate on aspects of worship or Church doctrine, calling believers to a stricter adherence to policy. But instead he wanted to s

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Ministering to women who have had an abortion

For some women the after-effects of abortion never seem to go away. Somen women can really relate to a cry for help expressed by one young woman.
Everything I read on abortion before I experienced it told me that women do not suffer from depression

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