Tom Flanagan 

 

Staff Writer

  

 

Wed

27

Mar

2019

Perspective: The Church After Christchurch

Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, lays flowers for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings at Hagley Park.
Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, lays flowers for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings at Hagley Park.

 by Tom Flanagan

 

On the afternoon of March 15, when the worshippers of Al Noor Mosque knelt for Friday Prayer, none could have imagined the massacre that ensued. Of course, they had little reason for concern: mass shootings seemed a distant memory to most New Zealanders. More than 20 years had passed since a man murdered six and wounded four in the town of Raurimu, marking the last major incident of gun violence in New Zealand. For over two decades, the island country appeared immune to the terror attacks sweeping the world.  That Friday, however; their sense of security ended. Today, as grief grips the world over, the Catholic Church’s response will show the measure of their fellowship with the Muslim faith.

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Sat

02

Mar

2019

Professors Gareau Share Love Story at Agape Latte

by Tom Flanagan

 

On February 5, in an evening spent laughing down memory lane, Professors Brian and Tara Gareau sat down at Agape Latte to share their love story with a crowd of Boston College students. Prepared with a medley of photographs and anecdotes, the Gareau duo took turns reminiscing on their journey so far. Theirs was not an everyday love story, however, for as the audience quickly learned, the Gareaus are not your everyday couple.

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