Category: Wel-com

Blood donating sister retires from active service

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Sister Frances Gibbs has belonged to the Order of Brigidine Sisters for the past 52 years, and has touched the lives of hundreds of people in a very special way. Over the years she has been an active blood donor, and also cared for those who needed blood.

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More elderly seeking a listening ear

Elderly people are seeking counselling in increasing numbers as they try to deal with an isolation that comes with a faster pace of life for the people around them.

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Archdiocesan Pastoral Council delves into land

Members of the three canonical bodies, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the Board of Administration and the Council of Priests met for their annual gathering during the first weekend of March.

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Helping people to claim what is theirs

‘People would need to seek advice before applying for any benefit assistance, because they don’t know what they could miss out on,’ says Teresa Homan of Upper Hutt.

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Church left with mess when WINZ gets it wrong

Caritas is opposing proposals in the new Social Security legislation which would effectively transfer the onus of responsibility for identifying correct benefit entitlements from the Department of Work and Income (WINZ) to beneficiaries themselves.

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Treaty a basis for protection of religious diversity

At the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Governor Hobson affirmed, in response to a question from Catholic Bishop Pompallier, ‘the several faiths (beliefs) of England, of the Wesleyans, of Rome, and also Māori custom shall alike be protected’. This foundation creates the opportunity to reaffirm an acknowledgement of the diversity of beliefs in New Zealand.

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In memory of the ANZACs

This month, on 25 April, we remember the New Zealand and Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Many of them died as a result of a bungled leadership, others from the conditions in the trenches or from the poor nutrition that went with field battles. Margaret Orange of Masterton offers this reflection on her father’s experience of The Great War.

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Indonesian militia razed Dili church, Timor Bishop recalls

World News

2 April 2007

Testifying at the Indonesia-East Timor Truth Commission, former Dili Bishop Carlos Belo said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically razed the diocese’s compound as well as other churches, killing several clergy and an unknown number of others.

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Oz immigration minister ‘betrays religious principles’

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2 April 2007

Refugee lawyer Julian Burnside has accused Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, a Catholic, of betraying his religious principles and breaching international law over the sending of 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to detention camps in Nauru.

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