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searching together

searching together

That’s a great picture of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis together. 

I have spent time this week taking part in the twice-yearly Anglican Catholic dialogue of Aotearoa New Zealand.

six years on

six years on

On this day six years ago Jorge Borgoglio was elected as pope beginning his ministry as Pope Francis.

sinners at table

sinners at table

Immediately on being elected pope in the Sistine Chapel in March 2013 Pope Francis said to the cardinals who elected him: “I am a great sinner confident in the patience and mercy of God. In suffering, I accept.”

a distant God? NOT!

a distant God? NOT!

Often we too behave like the neighbours in Nazareth: we prefer a distant God: nice, good, generous, well depicted, yet far-off, and above all a God who does not inconvenience us…

+ve moaning

+ve moaning

It's Monday morning at the office and a few of the staff are arriving at work with groans and moans after relaxing and satisfying weekends. Even Pope Francis was...

pray for priests

pray for priests

Each month Pope Francis invites the people of the world to join him in praying for a particular intention presenting a brief video to extend his invitation. This month,...

renewed youth

renewed youth

Last weekend I was with a group in Sydney who are seeking to live with greater familiarity with Jesus Christ. "Familiarity with Christ" was a recurring mantra of the...

beauty spot

beauty spot

Just after 8 each weekday morning the NZ Concert Program features a few minutes highlighted as the day's "Beauty Spot". These minutes regularly include some of the most...

rejoice & be glad

rejoice & be glad

Late last night New Zealand time Pope Francis' new Apostolic Exhortation "Rejoice and be Glad" (Gaudete et Exsultate) was published. Those who were looking for a dense...

friendship in faith

friendship in faith

A couple of times each year I take part in the dialogue of the Anglican Roman Catholic Commission of Aotearoa New Zealand (ARCCANZ). This dialogue is made up of half a...

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