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Catholic agencies claim progressive voice at select committee hearing on End of Life bill

WelCom July 2018: Representatives of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) presented serious reservations over David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill, to the Justice Select Committee on Monday 11 June. Speaking were Bishop Charles Drennan and Dr Caroline Newson, who works in acute psychiatry medicine; and representing the Bishops’ bioethics agency, the Nathaniel Centre,

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A pilgrimage for vocations

WelCom July 2018: ‘Our lives are actually a pilgrimage where we are’ Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington WelCom readers may be familiar with the fact that I recently completed the Portuguese Camino, a pilgrimage walk of just over 700km from the Cathedral in Lisbon, Portugal, to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostella in Spain. I walked

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Working document for Synod on young people

WelCom July 2018: The Vatican’s working document for October’s Synod of Bishops on ‘Young people, the faith and vocational discernment’ has been published. The document says, young Catholics ‘want an authentic church’. ‘With this, we would like to express, particularly to the church hierarchy, our request for a transparent, welcoming, honest, attractive, communicative, accessible, joyful and

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Catholic Enquiry Centre reaches out through Catholic discovery

WelCom July 2018: The Catholic Enquiry Centre has unveiled a fresh, new ‘Catholic Discovery’ brand as it seeks to engage with new audiences, including those with and without Christian Faith, those active in the Church and those who have left, inviting them all to discover more about our community and the Church today. Last year, the

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Pastoral perspectives among the rural community

WelCom July 2018: How the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis is interconnected with our Catholic faith. Until recently New Zealand was one of two countries that did not have cattle infected by the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease. M bovis is now this country’s most expensive biosecurity incursion. It reportedly appeared in Southland in late 2015 and has

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St Columban’s Missionary Society – 100-year Anniversary 1918–2018

WelCom July 2018: Fr Tom Rouse ssc This year we are celebrating the centenary of the Missionary Society of St Columban. In 1918 two young Irish priests – Ned Galvin and John Blowick – met in Dublin and put together a proposal to establish a missionary organisation whose aim would be to send priests to China

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Day of Prayer for Seafarers – Sunday 8 July

WelCom July 2018: A Prayer for Sea Sunday Be with Seafarers, Lord, on all their voyages, to cheer them and keep them safe in all dangers. Let nothing afloat or on shore cut them off from you. May they please you in everything they do. Bless all on board their ship, whatever their responsibility. Enable everyone

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Go, you are sent…

WelCom July 2018: Following the 2017 Synod last September, Cardinal John Dew promulgated 13 key directions late last year defined as priorities for ‘the local Church of Wellington’ for the immediate future. The following developments stem from two of those priorities – 3: Go, you are sent…to find leaders; and 10: Go you are sent…to support

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Unwrapping the Gift

WelCom July 2018: It happened a few years ago at Mass, with a light comment from a reader. She said that all the grey heads in the pews looked like a field of dandelions in late summer. A parishioner sighed, ‘Where are our young people?’ and another man joked that maybe the elderly were catching up

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