Religion

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The Pope urged the pilgrims to hold fast in their "fearful hearts" to faith despite the world’s problems.

Watch: Tens of thousands of faithful turn out for impromptu Easter Sunday speech by Pope Francis

The Pope urged the pilgrims to hold fast in their "fearful hearts" to faith.

Pope Francis presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis' Easter message: 'Break down all the walls that keep us locked in our sterile pessimism'

Pope presided over a solemn Easter Vigil amid security fears at St Peter's Basilica.

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During the prayer, the 38 Christian Copts killed in Egypt on Palm Sunday were remembered.

Video: Pope Francis prostrates himself at Vatican altar during Good Friday mass

Security in the area was exceedingly tight since large gatherings in Europe were targeted by terrorists.

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The ceremony at Rome’s Paliano prison is meant to show the pontiff’s willingness to serve.

Watch: Pope Francis cleans and kisses feet of 12 prison inmates in pre-Easter ritual

The ceremony re-enacts the ritual Jesus performed on his apostles before his crucifixion.

NZ Rugby says lessons learned over SBW jersey fiasco: 'We respect the right for people to be different'

General manager Neil Sorenson says better communication between parties could have seen a smoother result.

Sonny Bill Williams granted special jersey by Blues: 'It is important to me that I do the right thing with regards to my faith'

Investec and BNZ will not appear on SBW's jersey on the grounds of a "conscientious objection".

Sonny-Bill Williams of the Blue looks on, during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Blues, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, on the 8th of April 2017. Credit: Joe Allison / www.Photosport.nz

Sonny Bill Williams causes stir by covering sponsor's logo on team jersey

The choice to cover BNZ's logo could fall on Williams' religious values.

Watch: Pope Francis highly amused as young girl swipes his hat off his head

The Pope leaned in to kiss the girl on the cheek but she took the opportunity to steal his white skullcap.

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The Breakfast host asks Govt minister Gerry Brownlee why more progress on fixing the quake damaged cathedral has not been made.

When will work begin on Christchurch's quake-ruined cathedral?

Six years on from the earthquake, the landmark remains out of action.

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Mai Chen says prosecutions for racial abuse needs be approved by the Attorney General and such cases are rare.

Huntly Muslim abuse incident highlights our law's ineffectiveness in dealing with racist attacks - law expert

But Mai Chen says the widespread condemnation of the incident by Kiwis is "hugely important and very positive".

'Six white people against us bearded men' - internet star claims he was booted off flight for speaking Arabic

Adam Saleh says passengers got upset when he spoke to his mum on the phone in Arabic.

Watch: Kaikoura comes together for powerful and uplifting open church service

Hymns were sung and stories shared while the community came together for yesterday's outdoor service.

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Brian Tamaki is given a fair chance to respond to the request over his 'sin' causing earthquakes comments.

Petition for PM to remove Destiny Church's tax-free status steams past 100k signatures

The petition calls for the church to be reclassified as a hate group.

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David Clark lashes out at the Destiny Church leader over his comments that sinners were to blame for the Christchurch quake.

'The world view Brian Tamaki is projecting has nothing to do with Christian values' - Labour MP

David Clark lashes out at the Destiny Church leader over his comments that sinners were to blame for the Christchurch quake.

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Watch: 'Collectively the steam is coming out our ears!' Hilary, Breakfast crew gobsmacked

The Breakfast team weren't taking this from the self-appointed bishop.

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Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki says 'the weight of human sin' caused the deadly Christchurch quake.

Sir Bob Parker demands 'off beam' Brian Tamaki apologise to Christchurch, Kaikoura for blaming quake on sins

Bishop Brian Tamaki made the link in his Sunday sermon to his Destiny Church followers.

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They hope it'll provide the local community with a better understanding of one of the world's largest religions.

'We can enjoy the diversity'- Wellington's Sikh community open new temple

It is hoped that the new temple will create understanding of one of the largest religions in the world.

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The Puriri Methodist Church Went under the hammer today, and as Michael Holland discovered, the new owners have quite the story to tell.

'It's a giant leap of faith' - sale of Coromandel church unearths beautiful love story

The Puriri Methodist Church went under the hammer today, and its new owners have quite the story to tell.

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Reverend Jo Kelly Moore has spoken previously about the difficulties women face trying to break through the glass ceiling.

Kiwi woman takes prestigious Archdeacon of Canterbury role

Jo Kelly-Moore is the first person not from within the Church of England to hold the position.

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Aheda Zanetti, the Australian designer who created the garment spoke with Seven Sharp.

What's all the fuss over the controversial burkini piece of swimwear?

Aheda Zanetti, the Australian designer who created the garment spoke with Seven Sharp.

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'Life is so short and if God wants me to have children he’ll give me the strength,' says Angel.

'It might not be easy, but it's God's plan' - the women of Gloriavale shed light on the isolated community

Gloriavale: A Woman's Place, aims to lift the lid on the women living in the community.

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The latest documentary on the Gloriavale community screens on TV2 on Wednesday, and highlights the lives of the women living there.

'Fully submitted, that's God's plan for me' - the women of Gloriavale in their own words

Gloriavale: A Woman's Place, aims to lift the lid on the women who call the community home.

Dancing promotion of World Youth Day is second to nun

The Sisters of Merciful Jesus took to a Polish beach with their dance and a life-size banner of Jesus .

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The tiger didn’t see the pontiff coming and lunged at him after an attempt to stroke him.

Pope Francis startles feeding tiger cub

The tiger was taken onto the stage for the Pope and after a few nervous moments he went to pat the big cat.

Vin Diesel realises dream after belting 'Oh, Happy Day' with gospel choir

Diesel said he had previously been too shy from achieving his dream.

Good Friday ritual sees Pope Francis prostrate himself on St Peter’s Basilica floor

Meanwhile Father Raniero Cantalamessa invited the faithful to renounce any feelings of revenge.

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