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The grace of God has appeared

Extracts from the Pope’s homily at Midnight Mass, 24 December 2019 The grace of God, “bringing salvation to all” (Titus 2:11), has shone on our world this night. But what is this grace? It is divine love, the love that changes lives, renews history, liberates from evil, fills hearts with peace and joy. Tonight the […]

Healing the World

Extracts from the Pope’s catechesis on healing the world In the face of the pandemic and its social consequences, many risk losing hope. In this time of uncertainty and anguish, I invite everyone to welcome the gift of hope that comes from Christ. It is he who helps us navigate the tumultuous waters of sickness, […]

Mission Sunday 2020 – A Reason to Give Thanks

Recently, I met a person who openly declares that he is an atheist. My only question to him was, “Do you believe in goodness?” And without hesitation he answered in the positive, to which I promptly replied, “That goodness comes from someone!” I did not want to dispute his belief. Rather, I just wanted to […]

A reflection on the prayer of Jacob

An edited version of the Pope’s catechesis One day Jacob hears the call of home. He sets out, undertaking a long journey until he reaches the final step, the Jabbok stream. Here the Book of Genesis (32: 23-33) describes that the patriarch Jacob, after having all of his people and all the livestock cross the […]

In praise of Pope St John Paul II

On 18 May, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel housing John Paul II’s tomb inside St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the centenary of his predecessor’s birth. Today, we can say that 100 years ago, the Lord visited his people. He sent a man, he prepared him to be a bishop, and to guide the […]

Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year

In New Zealand, we throw out 15.5 million tonnes of waste each year1, which amounts to 3,200 kilograms for each of us! On 1 January 2018, the world’s biggest recycler, China, closed its country to other countries’ waste2, saying that what was coming in was too contaminated. Partly as a result of China’s action, only 28% […]

A Climate of Loving and Caring

In the more than seven years since Pope Francis was elected, he has shaken up the Church and the world, which seems to be divided into those who love and admire Francis and those who do not. The latter have criticised and undermined him, accusing him of fault and even heresy. This has led to […]

Francis Speaks

The 50th Earth Day … is an occasion for renewing our commitment to love and care for our common home and for the weaker members of our human family. As the tragic coronavirus pandemic has taught us, we can overcome global challenges only by showing solidarity with one another and embracing the most vulnerable in […]

Our Merciful God

Sometimes, when you go to another place, you listen to the Mass with different ears – the familiarity is gone. The voice of a different priest and the slight variations in liturgy make you take more notice. That happened for me recently and it suddenly struck me about how often in the Mass we ask […]

Francis Speaks

The Most Holy Trinity From the Pope’s homily on Trinity Sunday 2019. He was visiting the town of Camerino, Italy, which had been wrecked in an earthquake in 2016: Today we celebrate the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is not a theological puzzle, but the splendid mystery of God’s closeness. The Trinity tells us that we […]