Category: Wel-com

Book Launch Te Hā Tangata: The Breath of the People

WelCom May 2018: A new book entitled Te Hā Tangata is the culmination of the 2017 ‘Human Library on Homelessness’ project, which enabled people who have experienced homelessness to share their stories. Te Hā Tangata was launched on 21 March at the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington. The project aimed to lift Taonga voices and challenge

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Gospel Reading for Sunday 6 May 2018, Sixth Sunday of Easter

WelCom May 2018: Gospel, John 15:9-17 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. ‘I have told you this so that

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Fr Barry Scannell celebrated

WelCom May 2018: Parting parish priest of Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels and chaplain to Marist St Pats Rugby Football Club, Fr Barry Scannell, was farewelled at MSP’s crowded Hataitai Clubrooms last month. Fr Barry Scannell has been appointed parish priest to The Catholic Parish of Napier – Te Pārihi Katorika ki Ahuriri. MSP’s Club

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Pastoral visit to the people of Kaikōura

WelCom May 2018: ‘Ahakoa te roa o te pō, ka awatea – No matter how long the night, daylight will surely come’. It has been nearly two years since the huge magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Kaikōura, Seddon and Ward after midnight on 14 November 2016. On a recent pastoral visit to the Star of the Sea

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Ngāpuhi Iwi visit the Home of Compassion

WelCom May 2018: “E te tuahinee Peata … to wairua e whakatopatopa ana i runga o te whenua – Peata…your spirit soars above the earth” – Matua Awene Solomon, kaumatua, Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi Henare Walmsley A bright morning, Tuesday 3 April 2018, greeted manuhiri from the northern tribes of Ngāpuhi to the Home

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Catholic Bishops and religious seek inclusion in Royal Commission of Inquiry

WelCom May 2018: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and representation from Catholic religious orders wrote in March to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Minister for Children Tracey Martin, and Chair of New Zealand’s Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care, Sir Anand Satyanand, supporting the Royal Commission and seeking inclusion of religious institutions in the Royal

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Climate change, human rights top Bishops’ discussions in PNG

WelCom May 2018: Human rights, climate change and environmental protection topped the agenda as more than 70 bishops from across Oceania gathered for meetings in Port Moresby from April 11‒18. The four-yearly Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO) is a meeting of the four bishops’ conferences of New Zealand, Australia,

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Religious leaders call for Commonwealth climate action

WelCom May 2018: The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. Ahead of last month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, a forum for leaders of 53 countries to work together to address common problems, CAFOD drafted a letter for Commonwealth faith leaders to sign calling

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Postcard from Rome #3

WelCom May 2018: Mark Richards Easter in Rome. He is risen Alleluia, Alleluia! In the dark of the night, Pope Francis stood at the door and the only light was the new light of Easter. As the deacon sang out Christ our light, the light spread out across the thousands gathered at St Peter’s Basilica in

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The beginning of an undying hope

WelCom May 2018: Fr James Lyons The first Easter dawned under a cloud of betrayal and great loss. During the week we now call ‘Holy Week’, nerves cracked and courage failed and, in moments of great fear and panic, friendship was forgotten. Those closest to Jesus found their loyalty strained to the limit. At his arrest

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