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Chanel principal a world swim champ

A chance challenge to a swimming race started Chanel College Masterton Principal Jo Matthews on the path that lead to a silver medal at the World Masters’ Games in Canada last month.
Jo won silver in her age group in the 200 metres butterfly which m

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Brother jailed for sex abuse

A brother of the Society of Mary convicted last month of sexually abusing boys in his care some 20 years ago, has expressed concern about the welfare of the young men involved.
Brother Andrew Cody has begun a two and a half year jail sentence after a

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Te Tiriti – we need continued patience on all sides

In 1995, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference recognised the patience of Māori people in working to have historic injustices righted.
They acknowledged that over 150 years after the signing of the Treaty, the patience of many Māori was ‘bein

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Mothers’ prayer group reaches the Antipodes

A worldwide prayer movement for mothers worried about the pressures on today’s children has seen its prayer book translated into 25 languages.
Veronica Williams who started the movement, Mothers’ Prayers, with her brother and sister-in-law in England

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Action on bioethics: embryo adoption

Catholics may have wondered what to think when the Minister of Health approved the implementation of the Guidelines for Embryo Donation for Reproductive Purposes on 8 August.
The guidelines, prepared by the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Huma

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AIDS in Uganda – the good news

AIDS is pandemic in many African countries but in Uganda, the proportion of the population who are HIV positive has fallen by nearly half in the 16 to 40 age group in the past 15 years.
It is not often that we hear good news about this deadly pandem

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Values teaching in schools needs to be more spiritual

The New Zealand Catholic Education Office strongly supports the teaching of values in schools, but the list is too limited at this stage.
The Ministry of Education has been working on The Curriculum Project to make values more explicit as the foundat

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Race-based health funding myth or reality

Concerns about whether health funding is based on race have been raised by various parties in the past few months as the general election draws near. These concerns have prompted the Wellington Catholic Peacemakers group, which meets regularly at the Suza

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Mary – hope in our darkness

A few weeks ago we celebrated our country’s patronal feast, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We also commemorated the 60th anniversary of VJ day, the end of World War II. Moreover, Anglican and Catholic scholars recently issued a joint statement

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