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Tag Archives: Pope Francis

Praying Hands

Praying Hands

THE HANDS when not engaged should be held joined palm to palm before, but not resting against, the breast; the fingers extended and close together, pointing slightly upwards; right thumb over left; elbows touching the sides of the body. (Ritual Notes, 9th Edition, 1946) There was a discussion about hands and crossing thumbs on the… Continue Reading

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Creation Season 2018

Creation Season 2018

In the month of September, and concluding on the feast of St Francis on October 4, many people focus on creation. A great starting resource for Christians and people of goodwill is the encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’. For Christians, creation is not merely an academic discussion about evolution or not – it is… Continue Reading

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Changing Christian Teaching

Changing Christian Teaching

Pope Francis certainly stirred things up last week by changing the teaching in the Roman Catholic Catechism on the death penalty. It is now inadmissible in all situations. Some saw it as a great distraction from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bringing the RC Church into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. [Others had tried different… Continue Reading

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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this marks New Year. It is a time to remember those who have died, particularly in… Continue Reading

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Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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Ethics 101

Ethics 101

There are a number of ethical debates before our New Zealand parliament this term: abortion, euthanasia, medical marijuana,… There are a lot of polls, plenty of articles (in newspapers, magazines, and online), news reports, and social media posts… “I feel” (or “I think” which is essentially “I feel” without being as honest that it’s a… Continue Reading

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