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On the Eucharist

During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and actions of the Church, saying without Christ’s love and self-sacrifice, everything would be done in vain, since everything Jesus did was for others. “The Eucharist is not a beautiful rite, but it is the […]

The Our Father and the Breaking of the Bread

A summary of the General Audience March 14 In the Last Supper, after Jesus took the bread and the chalice of the wine, and gave thanks to God, He “broke the bread.” In the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Mass, the breaking of the Bread corresponds to this action, preceded by the prayer that the Lord […]

St Bede the Venerable

25 May St Bede is not a particularly well-known saint in New Zealand. Bede was born in the north of England, near the monastery of Wearmouth. He joined that monastery at the age of seven, and spent all his life there or at Jarrow, teaching and writing. Regarded as the outstanding Church author of his […]


Pope Francis has appointed Father Michael Dooley the seventh Catholic Bishop of the Dunedin Diocese. He says the appointment came as a shock. But he says he has eased into the role after receiving much support. Dooley succeeds Bishop Colin Campbell, who has retired after 14 years in the role.

Reflecting on February

February is the month in which we begin to realise that the new year has begun in earnest. Everyone is back at work or school, and most people’s annual holiday is fading into the mists of memory. During February, there is a great deal happening in our Church, and in Aotearoa New Zealand. 6 February […]

Hope … keeps life upright

I would like to reflect with you on the enemies of hope, because hope has its enemies, as every good in this world has its enemies. And there came to mind the ancient myth of Pandora’s box. The opening of the box set off so many disasters for the history of the world. Few, however, […]

104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

14 January 2018 Statistics about refugees and migrants are mind-boggling and horrendous. The United Nations Refugee Agency calculates that 65.6 million people were forced from their homes in 2016. Among them were nearly 22.5 million refugees, more than half of whom were under the age of 18. Of these, about 8 million were being hosted […]

Bearing Witness to God

In 2013 the English translation of Open Mind, Faithful Heart by Pope Francis was published. The book had appeared previously in Spanish, as a collection of writings of the then Cardinal Bergoglio, as he prepared for retirement from his role as pastor of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. In the section ‘Manifestations of Light’ he […]

Inaugural World Day of the Poor – 19 November 2017

1% of the world’s population own more than the other 99%, according to a 2017 Oxfam report 1.  It goes on to say, among other things, that eight people own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, and that the incomes of the poorest 10% of people increased by less than $3 […]

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ 2017 Election Statement

Faith shapes our world view. Faith guides our political choices. Faith demands that we take the duty to vote very seriously. Your vote is not just a vote for you. Your vote is a vote for New Zealand.