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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 […]

Francis Speaks

A summarised version of the Pope’s address to the First International Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Elderly: ‘The Richness of many years’ … … is a richness of people, of each individual person who has many years of life, experience, and history behind them. It is the precious treasure that takes form in […]

May

The Month of May 3 : 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations3 – 10 : Vocations Awareness Week16 – 24 : Laudato Si’ Week24 : Ascension Day; World Communications Day25 – 31 : Week of Prayer for Christian Unity31 : Pentecost Sunday Pope Francis’ Prayer for Vocations Lord of the Harvest,bless young people with […]

See You Mate!

On a stunningly beautiful day I took the train to Waikanae. As we passed a millpond-calm sea, sparkling in the sun, a young man and a senior citizen struck up a conversation. It seems they did not know each other, but the older man remarked on the lovely day and the younger one replied by […]

Francis Speaks

Extracts from the Pope’s Easter Vigil homily, 20 April 2019 The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone … It seems that the steps we take […]