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Station XV: Episode 90 — Confrontation, assassination and reconciliation

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Lucy, James and Gavin offer their musings on the big Catholic stories of the month, and in New Zealand, the biggest story was the New Zealand bishops quickly and publicly pledging their support for the Government’s decision to send military personnel to the Middle East to help train those who are fighting against Islamic State/IS/ISIS/ISIL. As the violence and barbaric acts escalates, the bishops said people “can no longer watch on from the sidelines”, and echoing comments from Pope Francis on the threat of Islamic State. The Pope makes two other appearances in the show, talking about the possibility he could be assassinated, and also for his decision to allow a homeless man to be buried inside the Vatican. Back in New Zealand, there are concerns about the sanctity of the confessional. All that and more in this month’s episode of The 15th Station.

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Station XV: Episode 89 — Kids, botox and 20-minute homilies

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost Lent, but Lucy, Don, James and Gavin have got their penance in early with the latest jam-packed episode of The 15th Station. Pope Francis weeks-long unpacking of families in today’s world features prominently, with his comments that couples who choose not to have children are selfish and his green light for fathers to smack their kids causing a double stir. A Vatican document that suggested elective cosmetic surgery was a “burqa of the flesh” also raised eyebrows. Back in New Zealand, there are fears Mass in Maori — the language of indigenous New Zealanders — may die out, and there’s also anger at the inclusion of an offensive t-shirt in a museum exhibition. Can a 20-minute homily fix it? Find out in this month’s show.

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Station XV: Episode 88 — Elevation, consternation and celebration

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A first for the Church in New Zealand in 32 years – the elevation of a Kiwi bishop to the College of Cardinals – leads the first episode of The 15th Station for 2015, but there are plenty of stories for James, Don and Gavin to mull over. Pope Francis’s critique of “deviant forms of religion” and his ruling on Chaldean priests who fear returning to Iraq are also discussed, as is the leader of Catholic education in New Zealand’s recognition as a knight, becoming Sir Brother Patrick Lynch. Meanwhile, some Argentinians are making a song and dance about Pope Francis. Enjoy the show – and share the link with a friend as a New Year resolution.

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Station XV: Episode 87 — ‘Tis the season…

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Advent is a busy season for the Church, and that includes the Station 15 panel. Working through this month’s full slate of topics are James, Lucy, Don, Gavin and — returning after many years — Gabriel. Pope Francis is the central figure in the episode, led by his first episcopal appointment in New Zealand, but followed closely by his comments on Islamic terrorism and his advice to theologians: “Listen to the people.” The panel also discusses parish amalgamations in New Zealand, following an international trend, and the vexed question “Would you baptise an alien?” Happy Christmas from the Station 15 crew.

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Station XV: Episode 86 — On synods, struggling, science and shonkiness

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The Synod on the Family — or Part 1 of the Synod, at least — has continued to dominate headlines in the Church, including in New Zealand, where the lone Archbishop, Wellington’s John Dew, continues to be a strong proponent of changes to the pastoral care of Catholics who have divorced and remarried. Don, James and Gavin pick up the conversation on the controversial topic, and also discuss the unrest among some senior bishops and cardinals, as well as the allegedly groundbreaking moment of a Pope saying evolution might be real! Quelle horreur! There’s also the actually groundbreaking comments of Prince Charles on persecuted Christians and the latest “Jesus was married” conspiracy. Enjoy the show — and if you do, why not invite a friend to listen too?

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Station XV: Episode 85 — Synod, Saints and Sunday Surprises

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The Synod on the Family — and the various reports coming out of Rome — dominate the first half of this month’s episode, with New Zealanders’ views on family life, Archbishop John Dew’s opinion and the thoughts of an Australian couple making headlines. In other news, Don, James and Gavin discuss the effect of migration on the Church in New Zealand, efforts to advance the cause of the woman who could become New Zealand’s first saint and an initiative in the United States to inject life into parishes with dwindling numbers.

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Station XV: Episode 84 — Matrimony, Electioneering and Technology

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The Pope conducting a mass wedding ceremony is usually grounds enough for big news, but when some of the couples are announced to have been cohabiting and having had children before tying the knot, it creates even more headlines. Lucy, James and Gavin are on the case, wrestling with the tricky issue, as well as looking at Archbishop John Dew’s reflection on the state of New Zealand politics, a willingness for more NZ victims of clerical sex abuse to come forward and Pope Francis’s latest first — an international Google Hangout with a group of young people. The show concludes with an uplifting story of grace under difficult circumstances. Enjoy the show.

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Station XV: Episode 83 – Happy 7 years of podcasting!

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August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, which makes this episode our birthday episode! We have been running this podcast for 7 years, and in this episode, we spend some time talking through the stories of the day – the Pope in South Korea, the NZ Catholic Bishops’ voting advice, the terrible persecution of Christians around the world, the paganisation of rural NZ – and then reflect a bit back on 7 years of podcasting. Thanks for listening!

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Station XV: Episode 82 — Victims, Venerable, Villains and Victors

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In the July 2014 episode of The 15th Station, Lucy, James and Gavin venture from the sad to the joyous, the sacramental to the sporting, the saintly to the shady. Pope Francis’s meeting with sex abuse victims, the promotion of Baptism for students in Catholic schools and the Pope’s excommunication of the mafia are all covered in this show. The panel also covers the papal World Cup Final — between Benedict’s Germany and Francis’s Argentina — and discusses the efforts that may lead to New Zealand’s first saint. Learn more about the film How Far is Heaven by clicking here.

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Station XV: Episode 81 — Harmony, Celibacy, Inequality

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Pope Francis has been grabbing headlines again this month, not only for his trip to Israel and Palestine, but also for his hosting of a prayer meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican. That leads this month’s episode, and Helen, James and Gavin also talk about inequality in New Zealand, the inhumane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers trying to find a new home in Australia and about a group of women in Italy who want the Pope to drop the pesky celibacy rule that’s stopping them from being able to marry the priests they’ve fallen in love with. And if that’s not enough, we’ve got the Football World Cup, Christ the Redeemer and a betting agency to round out the show. Send us feedback at podcast@station15.co.nz

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