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Synod a win for openness

November 2014 News Archbishop John Dew The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome convened by Pope Francis on marriage and family, has been a triumph for openness and discussion in the Church. Over 200 bishops spent two weeks at the Vatican during October discussing issues around marriage and family life. Archbishop

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Pope Francis challenge

August 2014 Feature Bill Kilgallon In a homily during a Mass to six people, on 7 July 2014, Pope Francis said, ‘Before God and his people I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask for your forgiveness’. Two of those people came

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Francis the young and the old

May 2014 Feature Bridget Taumoepeau On the commuter train from Waikanae to Wellington recently a dear little boy caught my eye and reminded me of Pope Francis in his exchanges with children. This two-year-old was with his mother and grandfather and whooping with delight at the excitement of tunnels and railway stations and opening and

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Pope Francis and the Marian Principle

Church April 2014 Elizabeth Julian rsm When discussing Pope Francis’s call for a deeper theology of women, we need to be aware that any new theological development can cause hope for some, fear or anger in others. As Susan Wilson reminded us in her February article, it is important that we don’t allow fear to

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The Francis factor: a new light shines

Feature March 2014 Fr James Lyons reflects on the first year of Pope Francis’ papacy. From the moment he walked to the balcony above St Peter’s Basilica and, bowing low, asked the crowd of about 100,000 that had been waiting in the Square and the millions watching around the world to pray for him, I

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Pope Francis on the hands of God

Reflection February 2014 Bridget Taumoepeau Reflecting on the Wisdom verse, ‘But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God’, Pope Francis has preached on the hands of God – the craftsman’s hands that created us in his own image; the wounded hands as the sign of his suffering for us; the caring

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Francis and a deeper theology of women

Feature February 2014 Susan Wilson Pope Francis’s call for the church to develop a deeper theology of women, has been met with hope from many women. In the October 2013 Wel-Com Dr Elizabeth Julian RSM suggests this call is a sign that there are cracks in the stained-glass ceiling, (the stained-glass ceiling is a metaphor

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Francis and beauty by example

Feature December 2013 Bridget Taumoepeau The last eight months have given us the ‘Francis effect’. The world – not just the Catholic world – has been captivated by a previously little-known man who is teaching by example. From the first moment on the balcony in the Vatican when the leader of the Catholic Church bowed low

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Bishops feel more connected to Pope after Cardinal’s visit

  News 18 October 2013 New Zealand church people are full of hope after the visit last month of the chair of the Council of eight cardinals who are helping the pope reform Vatican administration. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga SDB of Honduras visited Wellington unexpectedly 10 to 12 October immediately after the inaugural meeting of

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Pope reveals cracks in the stained-glass ceiling

Women in the Church October 2013 Elizabeth Julian RSM I’m soooo excited! Pope Francis has called for a theology of women. Who would have thought it! Of course many theologians have already done much work on women’s role in the Church over the past 30-plus years and long and loud have been the calls for

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