Editorial: Social cohesion

By Michael Otto | July 24, 2023 | 2 Comments

Last month, a group of University of Auckland researchers released a report on social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand. A media release accompanying the report stated that social cohesion is under threat in this country. “[The] challenge of social cohesion is becoming increasingly critical, and more research and policy development … Read More about Editorial: Social cohesion

Editorial: The Church has always faced challenges

By Michael Otto | July 21, 2023 | 2 Comments

When Auckland Catholic diocese’s library closed last year, the slow process of rehoming the books started. By chance, a colleague came across a slim volume titled, “Pioneer Catholic Women of New Zealand” (1992 – correct year. An initial version of the editorial stated 1922 as the year) by Noeline De … Read More about Editorial: The Church has always faced challenges

Cardinal John Dew reflects on his ministry

By Cardinal John Dew | June 14, 2023 | Comments Off on Cardinal John Dew reflects on his ministry

by CARDINAL JOHN DEW In late January of this year, I wrote a letter to Pope Francis offering my resignation as Archbishop of Wellington. Bishops are required by canon law to offer their resignation when they turn 75 years of age. I had been told by a Vatican official last … Read More about Cardinal John Dew reflects on his ministry


By Helen Luxford | June 5, 2023 | Comments Off on Meditation

Meditation is a very popular activity nowadays. Christian meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries. It involves quieting the mind and focusing on a specific thought or Scripture, with the goal of deepening one’s relationship with God. There are many benefits to Christian meditation, both physical and … Read More about Meditation

Approaching Advent 

By Helen Luxford | December 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Approaching Advent 

As I write this we are approaching Advent, which starts on November 27 and takes us through a period of preparation for Christmas. All around me it seems the rest of the world is already getting ready for Christmas!   There are Christmas decorations up at work and places I visit. … Read More about Approaching Advent 

A love that overcomes all isolation

By Michael Otto | November 24, 2022 | Comments Off on A love that overcomes all isolation

In the film Camino Skies (2019), there is a moving scene that highlights the power of prayer.   A New Zealander and his Kiwi son-in-law are among those making the pilgrimage on the famous Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. The older man has walked the Camino before. The two men … Read More about A love that overcomes all isolation