Category: Wel-com

We Are People of Hope

WelCom April 2019: Cardinal John Dew Archbishop of Wellington Much has been written and spoken over the last few weeks about the Vatican ‘Summit’ on sexual abuse, on ‘cover-ups’, on what must be done to protect children and vulnerable adults, and much has been written about the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell and Cardinal Philippe Barbarin

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Declaration of Human Fraternity and Peace

WelCom April 2019: In February this year Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad el-Tayeb met together in the United Arab Emirates for an international interfaith meeting. During the two-day visit Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Al-Hazar, signed a declaration on human fraternity in front of a global audience of religious leaders from

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Students Strike for Climate Change Action

WelCom April 2019: Annette Scullion On Friday 15 March 2019, 1.5 million school students took to the streets in 123 countries in a protest about fear for their future, love for the planet, and anger at leaders’ failure to act on climate change. The school ‘strike’ for climate was launched by 15-year old Swedish student, Greta

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Multi-faith vigil brings city together

WelCom April 2019: Mary Eastham On Sunday 17 March, two days after the horrific massacre at the mosques in Christchurch, nearly 400 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North to grieve, mourn and pray. Celebrants were from the Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Baha’i, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities. Having leaders of the

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One individual goes bad with a gun – this is not us!

WelCom April 2019: Joe Green is the Lay Pastoral Leader at Wellington South Catholic Parish. As a police inspector he managed arms control 1998–2013. He suggests an evidence-led approach, reflecting Dame Sian Elias’ comment, ‘legislation should be based on solid research, not pious hopes’. We know ‘it’s not us’ because our history tells us so. The

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Anzac Day 2019 – We remember them

WelCom April 2019: Fr Brian Fennessy The first Anzac Day was observed in 1916, one year after the Landings at Gallipoli, during WWI. New Zealand society wanted to remember and honour her sons who had fought and died at Gallipoli. April 1916 was an interim period between the Evacuation from Gallipoli and the arrival of the

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Visit to Tānenui-ā-Rangi Marae

WelCom April 2019: On Friday 1 March, Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop Peter Cullinane and staff from the Palmerston North Diocesan Office, made a visit for the first time to the mana whenua at Tānenui-ā-Rangi Marae, Maxwell’s Line, Palmerston North. Rangitāne are the iwi. Their hapū and whānau hold historical and current residency and traditional authority over

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Is chocolate at Easter a treat we take for granted?

WelCom April 2019: Anne Powell rc for ANZRATH Wellington “Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Pope Francis, 1 January 2015 If you’re buying chocolate this Easter look for slave-free logos on chocolate wrappers as an indicator of slave-free cocoa. Chocolate is

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Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver

WelCom April 2019: Fr David Dowling On Sunday 5 May Cardinal John Dew will celebrate a Mass at 10.30am, St Francis de Sales Church, 173 Clyde St, Island Bay, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver. Every year, the Missionary Sisters of St Peter

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Stewardship Breakfasts with Cardinal John

WelCom April 2019: Christine Walkerdine ‘My dream is to have everybody in the Archdiocese of Wellington understand Stewardship, and to appreciate that it is a spirituality for life in order to help us be intentional disciples of Jesus Christ and assist others to do the same.’ – Cardinal John Dew 2016 To support the realisation of

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