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Submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill

WelCom February 2018: Parliament’s Justice Committee is calling for submissions on David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. The Bill seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand. Submissions close midnight on February 2018. The Justice Committee will use the submissions to report back so that MPs are informed when voting at the Bill’s

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Ambassadors for Christ

WelCom February 2018: “Lent is the season that calls us to account for our ambassadorial duties.” Fr James Lyons Ambassadors are not chosen lightly and they are very aware of their privileged responsibility. They do their best to serve well the country they represent. The annual season of Lent opens with Ash Wednesday and the announcement

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New Year Honours for Catholic Community

WelCom February 2018: Among the 2018 New Year honours recipients recognised for significant community contributions are well-known writer and children’s author Joy Cowley and Fr Barry Scannell sm for his role in saving Wellington’s much loved inner-city church, St Mary of the Angels. Joy Cowley receives top award Joy Cowley has joined the select group of

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Council of Priests considering lay ministers to lead funeral liturgies

WelCom February 2018: + John A. Cardinal Dew, Archbishop of Wellington One of the greatest gifts the Church offers her people is a Catholic funeral. It is often commented that a well-prayed, well-prepared Catholic funeral is treasured and appreciated. It has some depth to it and is not just ‘a sharing of memories’ about the deceased, but

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Watching your wallet

WelCom February 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan Christmas holidays are a time we look back and ahead. Like many others I mulled over the significance of our new government. I hope that promises of care for our rivers and coastlines, in collaborative partnership with farmers and industry, will come into effect soon. I hope that the housing

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New appointments

WelCom February 2018: Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Christchurch Pope Francis has appointed Fr Paul Martin sm as the Bishop of the Christchurch Catholic Diocese. Bishop-elect Paul Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones who died in February 2016. Announcing the appointment last December, Bishop Patrick Dunn President of

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The Lent Appeal 2018 – Let us go together – Me haere tahi tāua

WelCom February 2018: The Lenten Journey Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday (14 February this year) and lasts for the 40 days leading up to Easter. Lent marks a journey to a new beginning. The Lent Appeal is run each year by Caritas on behalf of New Zealand’s

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Lent: A season of Spiritual Preparation and Renewal

WelCom February 2018: When invited to reflect on Lent – where do I to start? I was taught at Palmerston North Boys’ High that to reflect on something you start at the meaning of the word. When I began to reflect on Lent for this article I realised I didn’t know what ‘Lent’ meant. I know

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Pope tells world leaders to promote social justice

WelCom February 2018: Pope Francis’ message to global leaders at the World Economic Forum 23–26 January 2018 in Davos, Switzerland, was they must implement policies that support the family and offer real opportunities for the development of all people. The Pope’s message was read at the meeting on 23 January by Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of

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RIP Fr Don Hamilton sm

WelCom February 2018: E te amorangi, e tāku hoa pirihi, Pā Don Hamilton, moe mai ki te Ariki. E te whānau whakapono o te Rohe Pīhopa o te Papaioea, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou. Bishop Charles Drennan, announced with sadness on Wednesday 24 January that Fr Don Hamilton sm had died at the Hawke’s Bay regional hospital

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