Sunday, January 28, 2007

28 January 2007



In issue 258, January 28-February 10, 2007 ...

Priests question diversity statement ... Pope urges 'longing for unity'
among faithful ... Cathedral 'touchstone' taken to Hokianga ... Catholic
race caller used binoculars for the pope ... Court allows women's evidence
... Death shocks parish ... Mass anniversary marked at graves of pioneer
couple ... Brigidines celebrating bicentenary ... Auckland hospice dream
finally realised ... Mina Foley dies aged 77 ... Bishop cops copper culprits
... Sr Winefride gains another honour ... Environmental issues for Columban
speaker ... Exhibition on marriage theme ... 50 years' service is recognised
... Mothers' reunion after 32 years ... Scholarship gained by 11 students
... ERO File ... Discipleship college is opening soon ... Three tertiary
centres set to become one

National income will determine WYD fees ... 15 pilgrims make NI journey ...
"Noble" view of sex given ... Polish archbishop's resignation highlights
dilemma for Church ... Sister researches women missionaries ... PMS national
office is opened in Wellington ... Condemned convent to be replaced ...
Newspaper runs profile of nun's faith "career"

Ronald Rolheiser: Getting or not getting the secret ... Bernardo Cervellera:
Saddam's execution brings hypocrites out of the woodwork ... Parish Diary:
"Marriage" has changed ... Editorial: Darfur must get world's attention ...
Malcolm Evans ... Letters ... Vatican Letter: Pope faces busy schedule
during 2007

Archbishop denies misleading the Pope ... Cardinal wants traditional acts of
piety revived ... Stronger families needed ... Amniotic fluid may be source
of stem cells ... The Pope: Progress lacking on world hunger ... France
loses faith ... Cathedral not shared ... Hard rock describes hell ...
Opinions differ over execution ... Covering of crosses defended ... UN
committee exceeds mandate ... Warning on marriages ... Pope will write to
China's Catholics ... Having sick child brings Stallone back to Church ...
Soccer star returns to faith after meeting Pope ... In Brief

Young Adults, Books, Monitor, Clips, Net Scene, Tape Deck, Kit's Corner, The
Doolans, God in the Garden, Scripture, Photo Prayer, Feasts, Cryptic
Crossword, Caption Contest, Who Said?, 40 Years Ago, That Word!, Wit's End.

Josephite Retreat Centre, Whanganui



New Zealand Catholics warned of Filipino priest scam
A Filipino impersonating Father Leo Macaraeg, who is a real priest, has been
targeting unsuspecting New Zealand Catholic priests during the past few

Filipino's scam rakes in dollars

Vigilance defeats Nigerian scam
A suspicious Fiordland tourism operator thwarted a bid to dupe her out of
$16,000 as an e-mail scam targeting the international accommodation industry
reaches New Zealand. The sophistication of the scams was surprising, with
the latest e-mail being a request from a US-based Catholic priest requesting
a week's accommodation for himself and seven other priests...

Mina Foley, Soprano (obituary)
Thursday, 25 January 2007, 9:51 am
Press Release: Catholic Communications
Mina Foley, the soprano who first captivated New Zealand audiences with the
quality and technique of her singing back in the 1950s, died on Sunday
January 21 after a long illness, aged 77. She was the first of the galaxy of
singing stars trained by the acclaimed Auckland singing teacher, Dame Sister
Mary Leo...

Celebration of a positive life (photo)
Sacred Heart Church was packed with more than 300 family, friends and
workmates as music, a photo slideshow, tears, laughter and memories filled
the 80-minute service celebrating slain Hawke's Bay woman Catherine Marlow's

Big weekend as Spillanes gather for family reunion
If the response by all 32 first cousins is anything to go by, the Spillane
family reunion in Temuka at Easter will be a weekend to remember. The
cousins are all descendants of James and Mary-Ann Spillane, who had ten

Young golfer farewelled in moving funeral service (photo)
Family, friends and sporting colleagues farewelled promising young golfer
Aaron Mahoney at an emotional funeral service in Christchurch today.
Mahoney, 24, was killed in mysterious circumstances in Dubai on January 10
while pursuing his dream of a professional international golfing career...

The no temptation tent nation (photo)\

It's not that bikinis are banned but "modest dress" is encouraged at the
Christian music festival - thought to be the largest of its kind outside the
United States - which starts tomorrow at Mystery Creek, just out of

New Zealand Census says Church is doing okay, by John McNeil of Challenge
A closer look at figures from the latest Census shows that over the past two
decades the Christian faith has not been haemorrhaging adherents to the
extent commonly believed...

Bid to defuse social timebomb of ethnic and religious clusters
Social Development and Ethnic Affairs ministers David Benson-Pope and Chris
Carter will announce next month the first phase of a "strengthening
relations" programme. It will draw together work designed to avoid the
development of isolated ethnic and religious clusters that could prove a
social timebomb...



Disappointment at Crown Appeal against High Court judgment on abortion
evidence (23 Jan 2007)
"Right to Life New Zealand" is disappointed that the Crown continues to seek
to prevent six women who have had an abortion giving evidence in the High

Catholic Archbishop of Suva supports Fiji coup objectives (23 Jan 2007)
A statement by Archbishop Petero Mataca of Suva ...



This week: A new MP
Labour's newest MP talks about an issue not covered by mainstream media, the
widespread poverty in the Pacific Islands, and why it's close to his



- Marist Champagnat Family Newsletter
- 'Champagnat' - A newsletter for Boards of Trustees and Staff of Marist

Marist Champagnat Family Newsletter
December 2006

1. The Newsletter starts on a sad note with notice of the deaths of some
very senior Marist Brothers. May they have eternal rest. Brother John
(Cletus) Blewman aged 81 died in Fiji at the end of November. Brother
Lawrence Bennett aged 91 died peacefully at Marcellin College on December
5th. Both brothers had lived very full lives of commitment to the Marist way
of life.

2. On a more positive note for the future, Brother Samisoni Talia made his
final vows of Profession in Tonga on December 1st.

3. Sagata Voeliko's graduation ceremony at the Marist Asia Pacific Centre in
Manila, and plans for him though 2007 & 2008.

4. John Hazelman is vice-rector and a highly respected member of the
formation team in Manila. John should finish his Masters Degree [ La
Salle ] in February and the Rulla Course in May. He was to have a home
visit in Auckland during December.

5. Tuakau Old Boys enjoyed a reunion in Wellington last August. There is a
photo of those who attended.

6. New postings of Brothers and staff of Marist schools.

7. There are two lovely photos of the Brothers in Hastings and in Napier
standing in front of their houses.

8. Sacred Heart College had a working trip to Ulimasao Marist Centre Savai’i
Island in Samoa during the September holidays. One of the students has
written an account of this experience.

9. A parent describes the very positive effect on her daughter after being
involved in the MARIST ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTRE Glenfield, North Shore,

10. Congratulations to Brother Kevin Wanden who has been appointed by the
New Zealand Conference of Bishops as Director of the National Centre for
Religious Studies [NCRS] based in Wellington .

11. Prayers are requested for Brothers and their associates who are unwell,
and for the repose of the souls of those who have died

13. Celebration of Jubilees

The full Newsletter may be read on


A newsletter for Boards of Trustees and Staff of Marist Schools and Schools
with Marist traditions in New Zealand.
December 2006'_newsletter.htm

1. The Advent Season and the Advent wreath.

2. The Fifth Pillar in Marist Education, i.e.: ‘We establish relationships
with young people, founded on love, which create a climate for learning in
an educational setting, for passing on values, and for personal growth. We
extend our presence during free time, sport and cultural activities. We
adopt a presence which seeks to be neither obsessively vigilant nor
negligently laissez-faire. Being non-possessive in our presence may mature
into friendships that last for many years.’

3. The Marist charism in practice at John Paul 11 High School in Greymouth,
Chanel College in Masterton and Verdon College in Invercargill.

4. Lyons: ‘a City of Marist Beginnings’

5. The feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8): the purpose and
meaning of the feast

6. Spring: a refelction on a poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

7. News of the schools


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (Regularly updated)


Analysis and commentary by John R. Allen

Weekly Analysis: Abbe Pierre, French hero, dies at 94
As then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger himself observed in 1984, in the long run
of history, the best argument for Christianity is not its episcopacy but its
artists and its saints. The story of France's famed "Abbot Pierre," a priest
and tireless advocate for the homeless who launched the worldwide Emmaus
movement, and who died this week at 94, offers a vivid example of the

Other articles and commentary:
- Toronto's new archbishop and the "respected other"
- New Mexico bishops blast cockfighting
- U.K. the latest front in clash between gay rights, Catholic identity
- Debating euthanasia, gay unions in the pope's backyard
- American to become Vatican's top diplomat on nukes
- 'France's Mother Teresa' dead at 94; supported married men, women as



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