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Finding hope in the bad news

Anaethetist Peter Lloyd, a panel member at the Hawke’s Bay social justice seminar, outlined the many environmental challenges facing our world to around 30 people gathered at St Mary’s parish Taradale on Sunday 20 August.
‘We are not just eating the

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Personal solutions to environmental challenges

Is the environment better protected by personal lifestyle change or structural change? Perspectives on this question were presented by panelists at the Manawatu social justice seminar in Palmerston North on Saturday 19 August.
Lawrence O’Halloran of

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Jesus a radical environmentalist

Griffen Hope of the Taranaki Environment Centre told participants at the Stratford seminar on Sunday 27 August, that he likes to think Christ was one of the first radical environmentalists.
‘He chose to live a life of simplicity.’
Griffen works

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Learning from local wisdom drawing closer to nature

Gerard Albert of the Whanganui River Trust Board spoke to participants at the Whanganui seminar, held at the Josephite retreat centre on Saturday 26 August, about his iwi’s upcoming hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal.
The tribunal was convening a speci

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Prison unit ‘miracles’ challenge churches

The Alpha Unit at the Manawatu Prison with its ability to bring about radical change in prisoners, presents society with a challenge.
The unit is a place where ‘miracles plainly happen over and over again’, according to a former superintendent of th

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175 years of Mercy

This year the Sisters of Mercy, the first religious congregation in New Zealand, are celebrating 175 years as a religious congregation.
Although the House of Mercy in Baggot St, Dublin opened its doors to the poor in 1827, the congregation founded by

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Catholic Education Convention draws capacity crowd

The 2006 Catholic Education Convention, which ended last weekend, drew some 800 participants from all over New Zealand.
It was the largest national gathering the Catholic education system in the country has seen since the first Catholic school opene

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Oceania bishops concerned about climate change, AIDS

Youth, pastoral care in remote areas, AIDS and climate change were among the key concerns of the Federation of Oceania Bishops Conferences assembly.
The Federation elected Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong, New South Wales, as its president in Fiji

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Dear Father John
A lot of Catholics are up to Dolly’s wax (or the Plimsoll Line for those with a nautical bent) with questions about the Church and life in general with no one to ask.
Pastoral areas in the archdiocese are up and sort of running,

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Beloved M‚Äöori queen mourned

Condolences came from the top of the Catholic Church when the Māori queen, Dame Te Atairangik‚Äöhu, died last month.
The papal secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, issued a statement conveying the pope’s sadness at her death.
‘His Holiness

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