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New safeguarding lead for national roll out of training

WelCom July 2019: The Catholic Church’s National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS) has welcomed Pamela Arthurs as its new National Safeguarding Lead. Pamela is providing support to Catholic dioceses, congregations and organisations throughout New Zealand in the continued implementation of the NOPS safeguarding practices. Bishop Steve Lowe of the National Committee for Professional Standards said, ‘all

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Invitation to focus on mission in everyday lives

WelCom July 2019: At the 2017 Archdiocesan Synod the need for a ‘spirituality of service’ to address some of the issues raised was expressed strongly. Elizabeth Julian rsm has developed a short course of sessions to help people understand how their call to holiness, their mission – as explained by Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate

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Jesus’ message in our society

WelCom July 2019: Mary-Ann Greaney The Sunday readings after Easter have given us a sense of the excitement the disciples felt as they organised to establish the new Christian church – sharing everything and debating how best to help those among them in need. How can we as Church 2000 years later capture that same excitement

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Befriending the Old Testament: Part 5

WelCom July 2019: Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm continues her eight-part series about the Old Testament. So far we have seen the Old Testament, describing God’s love affair with a particular group of people, follows a basic storyline involving many different characters, places and events, spread over 46 books. This month we will consider the tricky subject

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Service to Seafarers

WelCom July 2019: Jeff Drane Sea Sunday occurs on 14 July this year and it is a good time to remember the dedicated volunteers and workers in the ports of Wellington and Napier. Twelve Wellingtonians of whom four are ship visitors in Wellington devote their time to serving the needs of seafarers and fishers when they

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Act on climate crisis now: Pope

WelCom July 2019: Many of the world’s leading oil producers announced their support for carbon pricing schemes following Pope Francis’ plea for a ‘radical energy transition’ during a climate summit at the Vatican June 13‒14, on ‘Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home.’ The Vatican joined oil companies, investors and environmentalists in signing a statement

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Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong calls for restraint

WelCom July 2019: The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has called for the government and public to exercise restraint and seek a peaceful resolution to a controversial bill that if passed into law would allow Hong Kong citizens’ extradition to mainland China. The bill has resulted in massive protests. Church leaders are supporting the protests, which

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Regional seminars to revitalise Vinnies

WelCom July 2019: Mike Fitzsimons A series of regional seminars are being run throughout New Zealand focusing on spiritual renewal and the recruitment of new members to join the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The seminars, run by the Society’s National Spiritual Adviser Fr Jeff Drane, are being held in the coming months in response

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A saintly man committed to peace and justice

WelCom July 2019: Zachariah Duke Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche Community, passed away on 7 May 2019, aged 90. As someone who was blessed to share a friendship with Jean Vanier over a number of years, it seems almost unimaginable to accept that he is no longer with us. It has been difficult for me

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Joy Cowley a Finalist in 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

WelCom July 2019: One of New Zealand’s best-loved writers, Dame Joy Cowley – a regular contributor to WelCom – is a finalist in this year’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards’ Book category for her non-fiction work Veil Over Light. Joy joins four other authors from all over the country writing about issues as wide-ranging

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