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A memorable gaffe

Yesterday was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas. According to tradition, Our Lady appeared to a recent Mexican convert to Catholicism in the 16th century as he was hurrying to Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady appeared to this young man, speaking in the Aztec language, and asked him to have a sacred house built on the site where she had appeared. She told the man, named Juan … Continue reading

Pope meets with survivors of Church massacre

Just over a month ago, more than 50 people were killed in a Syriac Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad as they were simply trying to worship their God. In some non-Christian parts of the world today, it is no simple task to live a Christian life. Many people continue to be martyred because the concept of religious tolerance that Christians believe in seemingly isn’t returned by some members of other faiths. In what was no doubt a very emotional meeting earlier … Continue reading

Australasia’s second (or third) saint?

Those of us living Down Under, and we Kiwis claim that label as well when it suits us, have been bombarded with information in recent weeks and months about the wonderful occasion of the canonisation of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), the Australian co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph, who continue to have sisters working in Australia and New Zealand and around the world. If you missed out on the story of Mary MacKillop or are curious to … Continue reading

Looking for an environmentally-friendly Popemobile

Let’s be honest. In recent years, it hasn’t been hard to see examples of Christian groups who have seemed obsessed with the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions and looked at it as the most important task of a 21st-century follower of Jesus. I don’t need to name names. One thing that’s certain, of course, is that as stewards of God’s creation, we are required to look after that creation and to do everything we can to preserve the planet and … Continue reading

Pausing to remember

In two minutes, New Zealand will stop to remember the 29 men who perished in the Pike River mine near Greymouth either 13 days ago or in one of the subsequent explosions at the mine. This has been a very sad period for this country and obviously the people on the West Coast in particular. Being based in Auckland, I feel there is little I can do to help. What I know I can do, though, is pray for the … Continue reading

The Wikileak you may not have heard about

First of all, let me say that I am opposed to the efforts of a group of people to expose military secrets and classified highly sensitive material to the world that I believe will lead to people — particularly US and other soldiers in Middle East — being put in more danger than they already are. I think the leaks are irresponsible and reckless and while a fervent defender of the right to free speech, this really bugs me. Having … Continue reading