Category: Wel-com

Let my people in, Iraqi bishop begs NZIS

Christians in Iraq are often the targets of terrorism but when they flee the violence, they struggle to be accepted as citizens in other countries.
The auxiliary bishop of Iraq, Bishop Mar Ishlemon Warduni, was in Wellington for the first time last

Read more »

East Timor drama had no hidden agenda

East Timor is struggling to maintain its newly won nationhood in a hotbed of political claim and counterclaim over the cause of the violence which erupted last April and June. Many Dili residents were forced out of their homes for fear of being burnt out

Read more »

Stream goes all out for cancer group

A project inspired by a fellow student living with cancer looks like raising more than $20,000 for the St Pats Silverstream young vinnies.
Project Boredom Buster II’s main focus was a 48-hour run/walkathon and gala. Students were encouraged to partic

Read more »

Brigidines’ bicentenary

Chanel College, Masterton, scooped the prize pool in an audiovisual contest last month to launch bicentennial celebrations for the Brigidines.
Next year it will be 200 years since the Order of St Brigid was re-established in Ireland and celebrations

Read more »

Easter Sunday trading – Caritas says no

Decisions affecting people’s working lives should consider their impact on workers, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, Caritas has told a government select committee looking at Easter Sunday trading.
Lisa Beech told the Commerce Select Com

Read more »

Lay pastors move into hospital chaplaincy

In today’s church the laity are being called upon increasingly to extend their ministry into areas traditionally performed by the clergy. One of these areas is the hospital chaplaincy.
In Wellington, Margaret Luping has just been appointed the first

Read more »

The universe story a challenge for the church

Christians need to look beyond the Christian story for ways to address the issue of depleting oil supplies and climate change which will radically change the way we live in the next decades.
Marist Fr Peter Healy who runs seminars on ecological spiri

Read more »

Responding to the call for ecological conversion

The idea that some four-year-olds in Australia have never seen rain is behind the creation of a new Catholic agency to focus on environmental issues across the Tasman.
Col Brown of Catholic Earthcare Australia was keynote speaker at four seminars or

Read more »

Archbishop launches synod booklet

Archbishop John Dew will launch the synod booklet, the front cover of which appears on this page, for the North Island part of the diocese on at a promulgation mass on 20 September at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He will launch the booklet for South Island par

Read more »

Wel-com in winning class

At the recent Australasian Catholic Press Conference awards, Wel-com won the best feature award for a series of three articles on inter-church marriages mostly written by Sally and John Faisandier.
The judge’s citation said that the series provided

Read more »