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This Is What An Angel Looks Like

Cover Photo: New Zealander, Fr Tony O’Connor-Hickman SM baptises a baby in the parish church of San Felipe in Brownsville, a town on the border between the US and Mexico. It faces the Mexican town of Matamoros, divided by the Rio Grande and by the border wall.  Fr Tony spent 12 years there, having also been […]

“That all may have life…”

This year, on World Mission Sunday – 23 October 2016 – my hope is to reawaken in the heart of believers in New Zealand the core purpose of every Christian

Sowing the Seed of God’s Word

Julienne has been living in East Tamaki, South Auckland, since the early 1960s. She came from Rakahanga in the northern Cook Islands and took up residence here. Coming to live across the road from her was another Cook Island family, husband Toka and wife Teremoana Kumu. Julienne was a devout Catholic, Legion of Mary member, […]

The Catholic faith in mainland China — continued

Pastoral Care Normal pastoral care is essentially centred on the sacraments ( Eucharist, reconciliation, last sacraments). At the level of the family or the village Christian life is communal, but few communities of faith exist, and it is hard to develop a personal faith. In the Catholic villages the strongest Catholics gather morning and evening […]

Ascension Means No Plan B

Occasionally a legend surfaces which expresses a profound truth in an imaginative way and encourages those who hear it to get on with their Christian life with renewed energy. One I heard recently was a variation of an older one. It fits the Feast of the Ascension and goes like this. When Jesus returned to […]

Evangelisation, Ecology and Solidarity with Christchurch

Evangelisation is the task for all Church Members Commenting on the choice of theme, the Pope affirmed that “the faith cannot endure by itself in the world, it is not automatically transmitted to men’s hearts but always has to be announced. And the announcement of the faith, in order to be effective, must come from […]