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To be “missionary disciples”

Our Synod “Go, you are Sent was a wonderful weekend. Thank you all for your prayers, which most certainly helped the Synod to run smoothly and which enabled people to participate fully in the listening and discernment process. If there was one message I heard from people over the weekend it was about how much

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Forum on Housing

Videos of the addresses given at the Forum on Housing organised by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington and the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington and held on 9 August can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTKK76UR1T2e99AaUv-W7YDJXfBpBCgmd

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Leadership

Former New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Helen Clark’s response to a question put to her recently about the role of religion in addressing the world’s problems was: “Absolutely critical and I say that as a person of no faith whatsoever, but most people aren’t like me. Most people do have some adherence to

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The sign on Pope Francis’ door

I can still remember the day when as a seminarian I discovered these words in the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians; “Do all that has to be done without complaining or arguing and then you will be innocent and genuine, perfect children of God among a deceitful and underhand brood, and you will

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Liturgy Workshops – David Haas

  David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, will present three workshops in Wellington on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October.  Details of the workshops and venues are below.  Registrations please to Ann Williams at a.williams@wn.catholic.org.nz, advising which workshop(s) you are registering for. Entry by koha. Friday 13th October Workshop 1 – “When we are

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Forum on Housing

Housing is a very big issue in New Zealand at present, and not just in Auckland. Wellington also has people without homes or in temporary or unsuitable accommodation.  We need to keep bringing this issue to the fore in ways which reach people and influence those who can do something about it. For this reason

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Bishops Submission to End of Life Inquiry

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference made a submission to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee which has been tasked by the House of Representatives to “investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation which would permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which makes life unbearable.” The

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O’Shea Shield – inspiring!

Last weekend the annual O’Shea Shield Competition was held at St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt.  Seventeen Catholic Colleges from the Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses participated in this wonderful event of Debating, Oratory, Scripture Reading in both Te Reo and English, Impromptu Speech, Religious Drama, and Religious Questions. Congratulations to St Bernard’s, who won the

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Our housing crisis is at a tipping point

Catholic Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson are speaking out about the housing crisis in New Zealand: “We are at a tipping point. Families are paying to live in places that are simply not fit to live in, places that make them and their children sick…ensuring everyone has a dry, warm, safe and

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Easter and the Lampedusa Cross

“Jesus Christ,” said Pascal, “will be in his death throes till the end of the world.” As we have drawn closer to Holy Week and therefore Good Friday, I have been thinking a lot about the LAMPEDUSA CROSS which Pope Francis gave to the 19 Anglican and 19 Catholic Bishops last October when we were

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