Sunday, August 1, 2004




New Catholic Website spreads Good News in Cyber Space (30 Jul 2004) Those who check-in to the main NZ Catholic website may have noticed that it has quietly assumed a whole new look recently. The National Director of Catholic Communications, Lyndsay Freer, describes the new website as a major move by the New Zealand bishops to ensure that the Church continues to fulfil its gospel mandate to call, inform and educate in this newest and most pervasive of all apostolates - cyberspace....

Reflection on the Address of the Hon. John Tamihere M.P. on the Roles of Men and Boys in New Zealand Society, by Brother Pat Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Catholic Education Office (30 Jul 2004)

New Vatican document on feminism and gender differentiation (30 Jul 2004) On Sunday morning (New Zealand time) the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to publish a document, with the approval of Pope John Paul, dealing with feminism and gender differentiation...

First Member of NZ Team Leaves for Darfur (28 Jul 2004) The first person of the three member team sent to Darfur by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Christian World Service (CWS) left last week....

Hamilton Diocese Flood Relief Appeal launched (full text) The Catholic Bishop of Hamilton, Bishop Denis Browne, has established a Diocesan Flood Relief Fund to assist those who have been devastated by the flooding in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Area. “Many peoples lives have been affected,” says Bishop Browne. “I know that the Catholic community of the diocese will want to respond as generously as possible to this appeal”. Donations can be sent to: Hamilton Diocese Flood Relief Appeal Po Box 4353 Hamilton East


Kidnapped Colombian bishop released unharmed by rebel captors Sudan bishop urges pressure on unreliable government Brisbane Archbishop releases major planning document Priest denies Redfern church is 'for the Aboriginals' More non-Catholic families looking to Catholic schools Archbishop to announce weeping statue probe results this morning



Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the collaboration of men and women in the Church and in the World"

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Commentary in the secular press:

Lourdes Accepting Intentions via Internet (full text) Paris, July 29, 2004 ( The Internet makes it possible to participate spiritually in John Paul II's pastoral visit to Lourdes on Aug. 14-15, and deposit a prayer in the grotto of the French shrine. Father Thierry Lamboley and Sister Catherine Sesboue have committed themselves to place in Massabielle the intentions sent before Aug. 14 to the e-mail address: The priest and nun will open the e-mails at Lourdes and deposit the intentions in the Massabielle Grotto. The official Web page of the papal visit is

Zimbabwe's good shepherd. The Tablet interviews Archbishop Pius Ncube The Tablet (UK) 31 July 2004 Pius Ncube, Archbishop of Bulawayo, is Robert Mugabe's most fearless critic. He talks to James Roberts about his country and his battle with the dictator ...

Pornography: the Degrading Behemoth (Two-Part interview) Scottsdale, Arizona, July 28, 2004 ( A lawyer who has been fighting pornography for more than 20 years says it may be the "true hate literature" of our age. Alan Sears, president and general counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund, shared with ZENIT how pornography perpetuates hatred and exploitation of the human person and preys upon individuals' weaknesses for profit.

Part one: The evils of a booming enterprise

Part two: Free speech, censorship - and fighting back

The ten commandments today: Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolari Movement exclusive comment for Fides

The Ten Commandments today: Thoughts shared by Luigi Bobba, President Italian Christian Workers Association



Sisters with a mission The Age (Melbourne) July 22, 2004 "Sisters, Pearls and Mission Girls" is a documentary about the history of the Sisters of St John of God in the Kimberley and their close links to the region's Aboriginal community. For many of those watching that night in Broome, it was the first time their story had been told....

American educators learn about wartime rescuers of Jews Haaretz (Tel Aviv) 25 July 2004 Warsaw, Poland - In her small nursing home room - its walls adorned with images of Christ and a letter from the pope - Irena Sendler remembered what drove her to risk her life to save 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. "I simply tried to help the people in need," Sendler, now 94, told a group of American visitors. "But please - never say that I am a hero" ....

More tea, Cardinal?, by John Walsh The Independent (UK) 26 July 2004 What happens when you've lost your religion, and the most senior figure in Britain's Roman Catholic Church invites you round for a chat? In a rare and candid conversation, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor defends the faith to one of the unfaithful ...



A weekly column in the National Catholic Reporter by the paper's full-time Vatican correspondent John L. Allen

Summary of the column for July 30, 2004: Women religious in a globalized world ... Reporting on Opus Dei ... Responding to Africa's needs ... The Holy See's new health foundation... Update on the Austrian seminary investigation ... Padre Pio gets credit for liberation of Italian hostages ... American and European attitudes to religion in the public arena



Elizabeth Lev teaches Christian art and architecture at Duquesne University’s Rome campus.

In her July 29 newsletter at: ...

Rome's Great Synagogue: a phoenix by the Tiber ... St. Mary Major's Day of Glory ... Bee Fountain stung by vandals



Worship and Healing Conference, 27-29 August 2004 St Patrick's College, Silverstream Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Service Group for Catholic Charismatic Renewal Details from Cherylynn Passmore, tel: (04) 526 6914; fax: (04) 526 2189; e-mail:

Schools Of Evangelisation

Gisborne: New Life weekend September 17 - 19 2004 Venue: St Mary's Parish centre Campion Road, Gisborne. Starts 7 pm Friday - to 5 pm Sunday presented by members of the Hamilton Diocesan and Gisborne Schools of Evangelisation Teams. Contact: Huia - - or phone Doreen 06 868 4399 or Huia 06 868 4256

There is a link to our own family web site which goes through to the SOE's for NZ, Australia and Mexico (where they began - Sorry only in Spanish there at the moment!)

Visit to Hamilton by Canadian Musician and Evangelist Greg Magirescu. Concerts and testimony Thursday August 19, 7.30 pm at the Catholic Hall, Te Aroha Friday August 20, 7.30 pm at the Cathedral, Grey Street, Hamilton Saturday August 21, 7.30 pm, St Columba's, Frankton, Hamilton, 7.30 pm Sunday August 22, Tauranga - to be arranged Monday August 23, St Mary's Church, Rotorua, 7.30 pm

Visiting Schools for lunch time concert and testimony -Sacred Heart, Hamilton, Thursday 19 August Aquinas College, Tauranga, Monday 23 August John Paul 2 College, Rotorua, Tuesday 24 August

Seminar on Liturgy and Music Saturday August 21, 10 am - 3 pm Marian School - new buildings Contact: Father Michael Armstrong 07 854 9221



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