Posts Tagged ‘Compassion’

Pope tells separated and divorced women “The Church welcomes and embraces you.”

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Cardinal John Dew has posted a link on his Facebook page about a meeting Pope Francis had last Monday with a group of 35 separated and divorced women. One participant said afterwards Francis told them “the Church welcomes and embraces us.” “Pope Francis was well known in Buenos Aires for being among the people,” said Read more

Who was a neighbour to the homeless?

Friday, October 7th, 2016

A Palmerston North family has been flung into social media stardom after a video of them feeding the homeless went viral. “Maybe when people see a patched gang member like myself doing this kind of thing in the community, they might change their perceptions,” said Te Kaipo Ahuriri, Tūhoe. A Facebook video has reached more Read more

Pope: You can’t love your pet and be indifferent to poor

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

People in need deserve more love from us than our pets do, Pope Francis has said. In off-the-cuff remarks on Saturday at St Peter’s Square, he said: “How often do we see people greatly attached to cats, to dogs”, but fail to “help their neighbour, their neighbour who is in need . . . This Read more

Here’s how social media builds empathy

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

I saw it all in my newsfeed this week: a former roommate gave birth (to twins!), a friend raised money to rebuild his home after a fire, a grad school professor started chemotherapy for lymphoma and his digital support group, “#downwithlumpy,” went viral. I liked, donated, tweeted, commented and prayed over those updates. I witnessed Read more

Pope: Welcoming homosexuals, divorced and remarried a must

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The Catholic Church must find ways of welcoming divorced and remarried, and gay Catholics, Pope Francis said. The Pontiff made the comments in a wide-ranging interview by Argentine daily, La Nacion. Addressing the turmoil his papacy is causing with conservative-minded groups, Francis says he’s pleased the issues are in the open. It’s a “good sign” that Read more

Cyberslums and dark places need Church compassion

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Digital cyberslums where cyberbullying, pornography and abuse are running rampant need the Church’s presence, a Vatican conference found. The conference, Wednesday, entitled “Stop threats on the internet” was organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Reports of one out of three young people in Europe being cyberbullied is evidence of a “new form of Read more

Move to make Hamilton a compassionate city

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) is  launching a Compassionate City initiative. They are calling for support from anyone who is interested in making Hamilton a Compassionate City The initiative will begin with a gathering to explain some of the concepts, to familiarise people with the Compassionate Cities world movement. The International Institute for Compassionate Cities supports Read more

Bishop Peter Cullinane speaks at interfaith gathering

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Bishop Peter Cullinane was one of a number of speakers at a recent multifaith event in Palmerston North. Prisms of Light – An Interfaith Conversation on how Compassion Transforms our Communities, explored how compassion is a central theme in the the living out of many world faith traditions. Other speakers were: Helen Chong spoke on roots of compassion Read more

One family’s history of violence

Friday, August 8th, 2014

It’s a “national tragedy”, a “dirty secret”, an “outrage”. But within the hyperbole surrounding the issue of domestic violence in our country are countless stories of individuals and families who have felt its impact first-hand. My own family has such a story – but we’re ‘lucky ones’, who ‘got away’. My sister and I escaped Read more

Pope Francis shows tenderness as he embraces disfigured man

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Pope Francis this week comforted a man with a severely disfigured face – just two weeks after he embraced an Italian man with neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes painful tumors all over the body. The pontiff embraced the unnamed man after the weekly audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. Reports said it is not Read more