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Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018

WelCom March 2018: Pope Francis sent a message to the second Pacific Climate Change Conference held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, 21‒23 February. Cardinal John Dew read out Pope Francis’ message to the 400 participants from all around the Pacific. The conference organisers, Victoria University Wellington and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme had invited

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New bishop for Dunedin

WelCom March 2018: Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Dooley as the new Bishop of the Dunedin Diocese. Bishop-Elect Michael will be the seventh Bishop of Dunedin and succeeds Bishop Colin Campbell who has served in this role for almost 14 years. The President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference Bishop Patrick Dunn congratulated Bishop-Elect

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Submissions to the Justice Committee on the End of Life Choice Bill

WelCom March 2018: The closing date for submissions Justice Committee on David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill has been extended until Tuesday 6 March 2018. If you haven’t already done so, you can make a submission about the Bill online, by email, or by letter to reach the Justice Committee by the closing date. Web

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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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