Category: Wel-com

Pupils decide what they want in a priest

In a class project, the pupils at St Anthony’s Pahiatua, drew up what qualities they would want in a parish priest.
They then asked their parish priest about his life, his interests, what he did in his spare time etc.
The information was collat

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Cultural diversity around the country for social justice week

Parishes throughout the diocese and across the country embraced this year’s Social Justice Week theme Celebrating Cultural Diversity with a range of events that focused on bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds to learn more about ea

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Marilyn Pryor wins prestigious award for religious journalism

Former Wel-com editor, Marilyn Pryor, has won a major award for excellence in religious journalism.
The award was announced at the recent Australasian Press Association Conference in Melbourne and presented to Marilyn’s husband, Geoff, and her famil

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Next WYD in the south

For the first time World Youth Day will be held in the southern hemisphere in 2008.
Pope Benedict XVI told the tens of thousands of young people gathered in Cologne for World Youth Day last month that he would travel to Sydney to meet the world’s you

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In the presence of all peoples

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres congratulated participants at a cultural diversity day in Palmerston North last month on ‘continuing to challenge yourselves’ through Social Justice Week.
The day brought together some 80 people from a varie

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Chanel principal a world swim champ

A chance challenge to a swimming race started Chanel College Masterton Principal Jo Matthews on the path that lead to a silver medal at the World Masters’ Games in Canada last month.
Jo won silver in her age group in the 200 metres butterfly which m

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Brother jailed for sex abuse

A brother of the Society of Mary convicted last month of sexually abusing boys in his care some 20 years ago, has expressed concern about the welfare of the young men involved.
Brother Andrew Cody has begun a two and a half year jail sentence after a

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Te Tiriti – we need continued patience on all sides

In 1995, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference recognised the patience of Māori people in working to have historic injustices righted.
They acknowledged that over 150 years after the signing of the Treaty, the patience of many Māori was ‘bein

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Mothers’ prayer group reaches the Antipodes

A worldwide prayer movement for mothers worried about the pressures on today’s children has seen its prayer book translated into 25 languages.
Veronica Williams who started the movement, Mothers’ Prayers, with her brother and sister-in-law in England

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Action on bioethics: embryo adoption

Catholics may have wondered what to think when the Minister of Health approved the implementation of the Guidelines for Embryo Donation for Reproductive Purposes on 8 August.
The guidelines, prepared by the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Huma

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