Category: Wel-com

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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Survivor Advisory Group appointed

WelCom June 2019: The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care has announced the appointment of a Survivor Advisory Group. The group will represent survivors of abuse in State care and those from faith-based institutions. Commission Chair Sir Anand Satyanand says survivors are at the centre of the Royal Commission’s work and it is

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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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Transforming ourselves in service and care of others

WelCom June 2019: ‘…it is in giving that you receive’ – Francis of Assisi Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington When Jean Vanier, the founder of the worldwide L’Arche community, died on 7 May 2019 there were wonderful comments made about him and about the impact he had on the world. For example, he was described as

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L’Arche Founder Jean Vanier leaves ‘extraordinary legacy’

WelCom June 2019: “Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.” – Jean Vanier, Becoming Human On 7 May 2019, L’Arche International

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Fr John Pearce CP – RIP 1950–2019

WelCom June 2019: ‘A man of the people’ Annette Scullion Fr John Pearce CP, much-loved parish priest of the parish of the Star of the Sea – Te Whetu O Te Moana, Marlborough, died suddenly on Sunday 5 May. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go to Fr John’s family in Australia (two brothers and a sister

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Pentecost Sunday – Penekota Rātapu

WelCom June 2019: 9 June 2019 Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. The word ‘Pentecost’ is Greek and it means ‘50th day’. Originally, Pentecost was a

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Catholic Enquiry Centre Reaches Out on Trinity Sunday

WelCom June 2019: Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost, celebrates the Holy Trinity – God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This year, Trinity Sunday is on 16 June. Neil Vaney sm Trinity Sunday is a powerful reminder of mission. It helps us remember that Jesus emptied himself. He stepped out of the

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What does it mean to be a ‘missionary disciple’?

WelCom June 2019: Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has encouraged the Church to go out to the world. In The Joy of the Gospel, he spoke of his dream of a ‘missionary impulse capable of transforming everything’. ‘We are all missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God.’ – EG

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