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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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Generous support for Cardinal’s Care Appeal

WelCom February 2018: In the aftermath of the 2017 Synod ‘Go You are Sent…’, which highlighted helping those on the peripheries of society, the Cardinal’s Care Appeal has drawn a huge response from people across the Archdiocese of Wellington. More than $45,000 has been donated through 400 gifts for the appeal held during Advent. Cardinal John

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom February 2018: Te Whetū o Te Moana – the Star of the Sea ‘From the Sounds to the Sea, the Mountains to the Plains’ The amalgamated parish of Te Whetū o Te Moana – the Star of the Sea draws together a diverse range of town and rural communities across Marlborough and Kaikōura regions. This

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NZ Catholic Tertiary Education Merger

WelCom February 2018: Following an independent review commissioned by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops last year, the bishops have announced a new entity for the delivery of Catholic tertiary education. The teaching and learning services provided by Good Shepherd College (GSC) and The Catholic Institute (TCI) are to be brought together under one governance structure the

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Catholic Thinking – Looking Forward

WelCom February 2018: WelCom invited Good Shepherd College Te Hēpara Pai in Auckland and the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa-New Zealand in Wellington to provide regular articles on their wealth of Catholic theology, morality, ethics and history of our faith heritage. The intention is to share this knowledge with our readers. ‘We jumped at this chance,’ said

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Australia’s Royal Commission recommends constructive changes

WelCom February 2018: The final report of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, was released on December 15 last year. The report includes a large number of recommendations, many of which will have a significant impact on the way the Catholic Church operates in Australia. President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference,

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New Director for Church’s National Office of Professional Standards

WelCom February 2018: The Catholic Church in New Zealand’s National Professional Standards Committee, has appointed Virginia Noonan as the new director for the National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS). Current director, Bill Kilgallon, who is retiring later this month, has been in the role since 2013. He has been responsible for handling complaints from anyone who says

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Hundreds March for Life

WelCom February 2018: Six hundred people from around the country joined a ‘March for Life’ in Wellington on 9 December 2017. They gathered at Civic Centre to make their way to Parliament. The march remembered the more than 500,000 babies who have been aborted since the enactment of the 1977 Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act. The march

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