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New Zealand’s Cardinals (0)

May 1, 2015 • Category: This Month's Cover

Cardinal John Dew and Cardinal Emeritis Tom Williams together at the Liturgical Reception for Cardinal John Dew held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Friday 6 March 2015.

Photo:   The Archdiocese of  Wellington

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Daily Reflections

  • Wednesday 27 May
  • St Augustine of Canterbury

    Ecclesiasticus 36:1, 4-5, 10-17, Ps. 79,
    Mark 10:32-45


    “Anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:44-45). Parents serve, teachers serve, parking wardens, cooks, and fruit pickers serve, posties and coffee baristas serve – just to mention a few. …

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The One True Faith (0)

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

When the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons knock at our door to proselytize, I tell them I belong to the ‘Old Faith.’

“What’s that?”

“The Catholic Church; the one that goes back 2000 years to the time of Christ. Yes, the true Christian church founded by St Peter, the first Bishop of Rome and the first Pope. His tomb is below St Peter’s, right under …

Catholic Life»

The Question of Divorce and Remarriage (0)

by Fr Jim Kershaw

by Fr Jim Kershaw

Why Not Dispensation? Part I 

On Monday 23 February 2015 the Old Testament reading for the day included:

Moses told [all the Lord had told him] to the Israelites; but they would not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the …

Death of a Marist»

Fr Bernard J Ryan sm (0)

Fr Bern RyanWhat follows is a homily delivered by Fr Paul Sullivan sm at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Hunters Hill , Sydney on 27th February 2015.

When I first arrived in Macksville to work with the Aboriginal community, Br. Steve Morelli, cfc, informed me that Bernie was the face of God to the Aboriginal people. Some of the Aboriginal men who lived on the ‘struggle …

Depthing Scripture»

Mary for Today – The Visitation. (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Reading Luke 1:39-56.

I was once asked by a Muslim artist who was contracted to do the artwork for a chapel in a Catholic college in the Philippines what was my idea of the Visitation. My answer was two pregnant women meeting and touching each other’s bellies in fascination at the new life within them. I am happy to say …

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The Family (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

The Pope has called  for an Assembly of Bishops to discuss the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.

By way of preparation Pope Francis has spoken of the various elements that go to make up the family. The mother, the father, the children and the grandparents. Some of his words on these topics have appeared …

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Fathers and Grandparents (0)

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Vatican City, 28 January 2015 (VIS) –

Pope Francis, returning to the theme of the family, dedicated the catechesis of today's Wednesday general audience to the figure of the father: “a word dear to us as Christians, more than any other, as it is the name with which Jesus taught us to call God,” he said to the thousands of faithful gathered in …


Can You Bear It? (0)

Bear-LaughingA father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!”

His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?”

The son replied, “I do know!”

“Okay,” said his father. “What does the Bible mean?”

“That’s easy, Daddy...” the young boy replied excitedly, “it stands for ‘Basic Information Before Leaving Earth’.”



Reading a Church Part 3: The Interior (0)


Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

On a Sunday, as you enter St Mary’s Church on Manuka Street in Nelson you will be greeted and handed a copy of their bulletin, entitled “The Parishioner.” You come into the church beneath the choir loft, in an area that has changed purpose since the building was constructed. Pews once filled this space, but it has now been …


A Spiritual Tsunami (0)

MEP logoBy Fr Philippe Blot

From 13th to 18th August, 2014, Pope Francis went for the first time to Asia, on the occasion of the Asian Youth Days which were celebrated at Daejon, in South Korea. Those five days, very in-tensely organised, were distinguished by the beatification ceremony for 124 martyrs. The visit aroused a Catholic revival.

The Holy Father summed up his apostolic journey in …


Bishop Stephen Lowe – New Bishop of Hamilton (0)

Bishop Stephen Lowe was recently ordained for the Hamilton diocese.  He is seen here with Bishop Denis Browne who is now Bishop Emeritus.

Bishop Stephen Lowe


Hamilton’s new Bishop Visits Murupara (0)

Bishop Stephen and Doug Rewi

Bishop Stephen and Doug Rewi

An account by Br Vincent Jury, Doug, Hariata and Tania Rewi

E ngā mana, i ngā reo, e ngā kārangarangatangā maha, tēnā koutou katoa.

On Sunday 22 February 2015, one week after Bishop Stephen Lowe was ordained as Bishop of Hamilton Diocese,  Bishop Lowe prophetically decided to celebrate his first Mass in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Murupara.

Normally a whakatau/welcome …


The Day I Met A Living Saint (0)

By John Colemen

By John Colemen

It will be a year in April since POPE JOHN PAUL II was declared a saint in an official ceremony at the Vatican. Journalist John Coleman recalls how he met the living saint in the Pope Paul V1 Audience Hall in Rome...

As Pope John Paul II, bowed as if carrying a cross, shuffled on a stick across the red-carpeted stage to …


Master Tradesman. (0)

by Fr John Rea sm

by Fr John Rea sm

Years ago, when I was on my way to a renewal course, I spent a few days at the Marist General House.  My cabin bag was damaged and when one of the brothers saw it he offered to repair it.  In less than an hour he gave the bag back far better fitted to withstand the buffeting of travel than …


May Saints (0)

Saint1Blessed Ceferino Gimenez Malla (1861-1936)

Ceferino Gimenez Malla (El Pelé) was born in Spain in 1861. He was illiterate and spent his first 20 years on the road. When he was almost 20 he married Teresa Jimenez Castro in a gypsy ceremony. The couple had no children, so they adopted Teresa’s niece, Pepita, and brought her up as a devout Catholic.

El Pelé was a …

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Who’s There? (0)

by Anne Kerrigan

by Anne Kerrigan

KNOCK. KNOCK. It was 5:00 AM on a bright and sunny Sunday morning in early July. My husband and I had hoped to have a “sleep-in,” after a very busy week. We each opened an eye, and groggily wondered who could be knocking at the door at this hour. No more noise. “We must have been dreaming,” I thought. We turned over. …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – Mary and the Annunciation (Comments Off)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Reading: Luke 1:26-38; Acts 1:14.

Gospel Annunciations: This scene is found only in Luke, a gospel dated in the mid 80s, addressed to third generation Christians. It is a gospel closely related to its sequel, Acts of the Apostles, the story of the birth of the Church, and, as in the gospel, ‘the mother of Jesus was there.’ It is …