today’s Cathedral update

October 17, 2013

Today an update on the situation and future of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament has been released. You can read this, and follow other connected sites, at this link:http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/ourcathedraland the full October…

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Kim and the Cardinal

October 12, 2013

If you missed this morning’s interview with Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, you can catch it at this link:http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2572529/cardinal-oscar-rodriguez-maradiaga-vatican-reform…

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papal advisor, and Kim Hill…

October 11, 2013

You might have heard of Pope Francis’ “C-8” team of cardinals. Just a few weeks after he was elected, Pope Francis announced that the would work closely with a hand-picked group of eight cardinals who would advise him…

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Pope visits Assisi – webcam

October 4, 2013

Today, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis is spending the day in Assisi.At 9.20pm tonight NZ time (10.05 Chatham Islands), Pope Francis will visit the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.  You can witness…

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the human person: a state of emergency

October 3, 2013

One of the many highlights of this year’s Rimini meeting was the encounter with John Waters reflecting on the theme of the 2013 meeting “The Human Person: a State of Emergency.”Just a word about the Rimini gathering. The…

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a feast of feasts

October 2, 2013

This week is filled with significant feasts: Jerome 340-420AD (Monday Sept. 30), Therese of the Child Jesus 1873-1897 (Tuesday 1 Oct), the Guardian Angels (Wednesday 2nd) and Francis of Assisi 1181-1226 (Friday 4th).Francis is perhaps the…

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yachting, and school lunches

September 26, 2013

I have really enjoyed watching the America’s Cup races. In fact I got a bit hooked over the last few days. The past week has not been easy as we watched a convincing Team NZ lead and inevitable victory…

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still dews of quietness

September 24, 2013

It is just after 11 on Tuesday evening. I have just arrived home from a Parish Council meeting in Hawarden, an hour from my home. A closed road meant that two of our team had to make a long detour…

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joys and desires (francis & benedict)

September 23, 2013

A number of newspaper headlines in recent days have featured encouraging quotations from an interview with Pope Francis.Pope John Paul never gave interviews. His texts and speeches were rigorously crafted, and it seemed he feared that a departure from…

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joys and desires (francis & benedict)

September 23, 2013

A number of newspaper headlines in recent days have featured encouraging quotations from an interview with Pope Francis.Pope John Paul never gave interviews. His texts and speeches were rigorously crafted, and it seemed he feared that a departure from…

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the Francis interview

September 22, 2013

In recent days newspaper headlines have featured a substantial interview given by Pope Francis. You can read the complete text of the interview at:http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview…

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friendship and inspiration

September 16, 2013

This week 180 of NZ’s diocesan priests gather in Rotorua for our third National Assembly. Five and ten years ago we gathered. Last night’s Powhiri, liturgy and dinner was a wonderful beginning to these days of friendship, rest…

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space station spotting

September 13, 2013

A few weeks ago, at an al fresco dinner in Italy, a friend became preoccupied with his smartphone. When we asked what he was doing, he replied that he was waiting for a call from the International Space Station.  He…

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six months of pope francis

September 13, 2013

It is six months today since the Holy Spirit, working through the College of Cardinals, elected Pope Francis to be the Bishop of Rome.No doubt, in these ‘anniversary’ hours and days, news channels and columns will offer their half…

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pope’s letter to the paper

September 12, 2013

La Repubblica is one of the best known and most widely read Italian daily newspapers. The paper regularly contains “reflections” on the life of the Church, and commentaries (often vivid) on the words and actions of the pope.  Last month…

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