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Catechiwi Special: Australasia’s First Saint

The Catechiwi Podcast

On October 17, Pope Benedict XVI will canonise Blessed Mary MacKillop, making her St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop). Mary, born and raised in Australia, was a co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and spent approximately four years of her religious life in New Zealand. She encountered major obstacles along the way, but responded to them with charity and humility. In a special episode of Catechiwi, Sr Ann Neven, RSJ, speaks with Gavin Abraham on Mary MacKillop’s life and legacy just days before the canonisation. It’s the story of an Aussie battler — one who Kiwis can also claim.

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Familia hiccup

The Familia Podcast

After just finishing welcoming back Familia to the network, the team in Christchurch are taking a little break this month and next as they put back all the broken china and patch up the cracks after the earthquake a few weeks back.  But we are praying that all will be well for a Christmas episode!

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Station XV – Episode 36 – Feeling the Earth move under our feet

The 15th Station podcast

Finally released after some technical challeneges, in this episode we talk about the large earthquake in Christchurch, changing the age for First Holy Communion, Pope Benedict meeting with an Anglican clergywoman, the fate of the Teschemakers altar, and a story of generosity…to the tune of $50,000! Follow us at facebook.com/station15 or twitter.com/station15.

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Technical difficulties

Sorry about the delay with the latest episode of The 15th Station everyone – we’ve been moved to a new server and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time!  But the episode is all recorded and waiting to upload, and should be available within the next few hours.

God bless!

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Five proofs for the existence of God

The Catechiwi Podcast

As the western world sees an increase in the number of people claiming to be atheists or at least have no religion, this month’s episode of Catechiwi looks at St Thomas Aquinas’s five proofs for the existence of God. Auckland-based priest Fr Peter Fitzsimons explains the Quinque Viae and he and host Gavin Abraham also discuss the seemingly growing phenomenon of atheism.

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Familia – Episode 18

The Familia Podcast

In this edition of Familia we explore the following questions…

– Does a contraceptive act of sexual intercourse fulfill the Canon Law requirements for Consummation?

– How far is too far when talking about physical intimacy before marriage?

– What is ‘custody of the eyes’, and why is it so important?

– Is it normal to feel like a real ogre when disciplining my kids and can you offer any tips in this area?

 

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Station XV: Episode 35 – Belated Happy Birthday to us!

The 15th Station podcast

We’re three years old today…well, yesterday actually.  So, for our celebration episode, we talk about New Zealand as a secular country, Poland struggling with the same, paying to see the Pope in the UK, the battle over the sale of a Auckland Catholic school, and can you sell a confessional box on eBay as a sauna?!? Follow us at facebook.com/station15 or twitter.com/station15. Thanks to all our listeners for the past three years!

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Catechiwi — The Four Marks of the Church

The Catechiwi Podcast

Catechiwi — The Four Marks of the Church Each Sunday, Catholics profess that they believe in a Church that is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. What do those words mean? And how does that differ — if at all — from what other Christian denominations believe? Fr Merv Duffy, SM, explains the terms and their importance to the Faith in the month’s episode of Catechiwi.

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Station XV: Episode 34 — Belgians and Blue Brothers

The 15th Station podcast

The panel returns with a series of hot topics to tackle this month, including the Belgian police raids that saw a number of a number of Catholic bishops detained as well as the upcoming visit of the Holy Father to the United Kingdom. We also discuss the Vatican’s newspaper endorsement of The Blues Brothers and their “Mission from God”, with L’Osservatore Romano saying it’s undoubtedly a Catholic film. If you’re looking for a Catholic spin on some of today’s film, you can check out the Australian Catholic Film Office or the United States Bishops’ Media Office for reviews.

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Catechiwi – The Rhythm is Gonna Get You: The Church Year

The Catechiwi Podcast

The Church’s calendar is sometimes said to have a “rhythm” as we cycle from Advent to Christmas through Ordinary Time into Lent, Eastertide and back into Ordinary Time. How did this pattern evolve? When did Christians start keeping Sunday as holy, rather than the Jewish Sabbath? Was Jesus really born on December 25? And does it matter? Catechiwi regular Fr Merv Duffy, SM, sheds some light on those questions and others in this month’s episode.

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