‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day

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CDC seeks to raise funds for permanent home

The Catholic Discipleship College is hoping to raise $1 million by January next year in order to purchase a permanent facility where it can form the next generation of leaders for the New Zealand Church. The CDC, which is currently based at the St Joseph’s Centre in Takapuna, is looking for a new home after

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Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At a requiem Mass at the cathedral a week later, principal celebrant Msgr Bernard Kiely said “we all have a John Toland story”. Msgr Kiely, the

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Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New Zealand” about vulnerable children. Mrs Moss, who took charge of the new agency five months ago, spoke at the fundraising dinner for Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn’s Catholic Caring Foundation on September

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Christian viewpoints harder to express

Intelligent moral debate and discussion within the public sphere are becoming endangered. Loud voices, which do not necessarily represent the majority, shout down views incompatible with their own. They do so not with respect or reasoned analysis of a different viewpoint, but with bullying and cries of “hate” or “bigot”. This trend is making some

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St Bede’s launches campaign for new chapel

A campaign has been launched to raise $1.5 million towards the construction of a new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. The “A little from a lot” campaign was launched recently (see pp10-11). The former Chapel of St Bede at the college had to be demolished following the February, 2011 earthquake, as did some

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Call for stronger environmental policies

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the new Parliament of New Zealand to implement stronger policies and frameworks that take account of the impact of environmental degradation on the peoples of Oceania. The call came after the launch on the feast of St Francis, October 4, of Caritas’ fourth annual State of the Environment

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A new era starts for Island Bay Home of Compassion

by MARTIN DE JONG Our Lady’s Home of Compassion at Island Bay, Wellington, entered a new era on October 14 as the final resting place for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert — Meri Hōhepa was blessed in the presence of friends and whanau. People had come to join the Sisters of Compassion in commemorating the 125th

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Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran. The pope “assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity,” said the nearly identical messages, released Nov. 13. “In expressing his sorrow to all

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Family Pilgrimage visits North Island Marian sites

by PATRICIA SISON On September 30 to October 1, a contingent of families set out on a pilgrimage visiting sacred sites in the North Island associated with the titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The “Family Pilgrimage” was organised by the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions

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