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Troops Overseas

New Zealand has once again committed troops in an overseas deployment. The country’s stated aim is to assist in the training of the Iraqi army.  These trained soldiers will be equipped to face the terrorist forces of ISIS. Any commitment to a war zone is a step towards uncertainty.  Whether the training of the Iraqi […]


Archbishop John Dew appointed as Cardinal The Messenger wishes to offer its congratulations to Archbishop John and wishes him well for his new position. Marist exhibits paintings presenting the beauty of creation New Zealand artist and ecologist Fr Peter Healy SM, says his paintings are like a spiritual prayer presenting the beauty of creation. He […]

New Zealand’s First Christmas Recalled

The Anglican Church, working with ecumenical partners, is planning extensive 2014 celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the first recorded proclamation of the Christian Gospel held in New Zealand, conducted by Reverend Samuel Marsden at Oihi Bay on 25 December 1814. Two events  will take place at Rangihoua Heritage Park. The first on 21st December […]

Inspiration From Our Pioneer Pacific Missionaries

A project I’m working on at the moment involves reading through the letters that the early Marist missionaries in the Pacific sent back to France between 1838 and 1854. These have been collected into 10 Volumes and published in French under the title “Lettres Reçues d’ Océanie”. There are 1373 of these letters, and they […]


Christchurch Diocese Earthquake Assessment  The process for developing concepts for repair / strengthening of churches in the diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, is approximately 75% completed. Since the earthquakes in in 2010 and 2011, the Diocese has been working with engineering consultants OPUS in assessing and learning to understand the impact that the earthquakes have […]

On Peace, and Receives Governor General

Challenges to Peace: Arms Trade, Forced Migration The Holy Father focused his address to the diplomats on the challenges posed to peace by the arms trade and forced migration. “Peace: this word summarises all the assets to which every person and all human societies aspire”, he said. “Also the effort with which we seek to […]

Changes needed in Earthquake Prone Bill

The proposed legislation for managing earthquake prone buildings fails to provide a financial framework to support the owners of buildings that play a key role in defining the kind of communities that make New Zealand such a great place to live, says the Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, John Dew. The Archdiocese of Wellington has […]

Friday 2 May

Acts 5:34-42, Ps 27, John 6:1-15 The courage to give The Child Poverty Monitor shows that almost a quarter of New Zealand children live in poverty – 270,000 of them. Today’s gospel about thousands of hungry people reminds us that its easy to be overwhelmed by numbers and to give up on solutions: “200 days’ […]

Can You Bear It?

Can you Bear It? An American called Bill decided to write a book about famous churches around the world, so he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from South to North. On his first day he was inside a […]

Sister Loyola Galvin’s story

A frosty morning in Hawera, Taranaki in May 1922 saw my advent into life. A happy childhood with many pets and animals was interrupted by an accident at the age of 3 years, with serious damage to my left ankle, in which at the age of 10 years I developed Osteomyelitis. This resulted in hospital […]