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Papal audience: Pope Francis meets Māori King

WelCom June 2019: Pope Francis and Māori King, His Majesty Kiingi Tuheita Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, met at a private audience at the Vatican on 26 May 2019. Kiingi Tuheita Pōtatau Te Wherowhero was accompanied by his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai and his daughter Te Puhi Ariki Ngā Hono i te Po. It was his first visit

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New Zealand Bishops support Pope’s call for mandatory reporting

WelCom June 2019: In early May, Pope Francis issued a landmark decree making it mandatory for clerics and religious to report incidents of sexual abuse or cover-ups to church authorities and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed. By publishing this decree, Motu Proprio – ‘Vos Estis Lux Mundi (You Are the Light

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Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

WelCom June 2019: Te Rā Karakia mō te Hunga Rerenga Rāhui me te Hunga Manene Sunday, 23 June 2019 | Rātapu, 23 o Hune 2019 Helping new families in our communities Dave Olivier One of the main areas in which Catholic Social Services in Tory St Wellington are blessed to have received support from many parishes

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A time for coming together

WelCom May 2019: Over 250 people were killed and around 500 others were injured in six coordinated attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 21 April. Among the targets in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa were two Catholic churches – St Anthony’s Shrine in the capital and St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north

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Pope releases document summarising Synod on Youth

WelCom May 2019: Pope Francis has urged young people to embrace their role as the present and the future of the Catholic Church by building relationships with their community and with God. His latest apostolic exhortation was signed on 25 March and released 2 April 2019, following last year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, the

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Mary Month of May – Ko Meri, ko te mārama o Haratua

WelCom May 2019: The month of May is a special time to honour our Blessed Mother Mary. Marian devotions may include singing Marian hymns, readings, homilies, and reciting the rosary. In his 1951 encyclical Ingruentium malorum Pope Pius XI wrote: The custom of the family recitation of the Holy Rosary is a most efficacious means. What

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There is Never a Time for Hope to Die

WelCom April 2019:   “It is through Abraham and Sarah that we Christians are brothers and sisters with all Muslims. The Abrahamic religions – Jews, Christians and Muslims – are the faith communities that descend from, and are united in, the worship of the God of Abraham.” – Bishop Charles Drennan A message from Cardinal John

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We pray for our Brothers and Sisters – Lord, hear our prayer

WelCom April 2019: E īnoi ana mātou mō ō tātou tuākana, tēina – E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a mātou In the wake of the shooting attacks at two Christchurch mosques on Friday 15 March 2019, in which 50 people lost their lives and 50 were injured, prayers, flowers, drawings, tributes and financial support have flowed

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Season of Lent, Easter and the Resurrection

WelCom April 2019: Te Wā o te Reneti, te Aranga me te Aranga Ake ‘May our Lent this year be a journey … bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Let

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Vatican Meeting on the Protection of Minors

WelCom March 2019: Pope Francis summit on ‘The Protection of Minors in the Church’ held at the Vatican, 21 –24 February 2019, was in response to his deep concerns to ‘a global problem can only be resolved with a global response’. The Holy Father opened the meeting with a challenge to the 200 Church leaders gathered

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