Category: Wel-com

Child advocacy group targets business

The child advocacy group Every Child Counts is forging links with the business sector in a bid to widen their campaign to get children on top of the government’s policy priorities list.
The organisation was formed in 2004 to lobby the pre-election go

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Ten years of evangelisation in the monastery

On Saturday 26 August the Malta-based international evangelising organisation, ICPE, celebrated 10 years in New Zealand. We reprint Fr Brian Wysocki’s homily for the event.

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The gospel according to whom

People often ask me who wrote the gospels. This is never an easy question because it involves the past and the present as well as people’s sensitivities. I could begin by saying that the Holy Spirit is the author of all the New Testament; together with th

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Funeral Taiwanese style

Fr Larry Barnett offers this as the first of an occasional series of columns from his mission in Taiwan. Larry is a Columban missionary from Takaka.
Last week I wore gumboots to a funeral. It wasn’t the first time. In fact, with the frequent wet weat

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Dear God are you listening?

I was taught that you are loving, compassionate and merciful, that you create only goodness and that you want nothing but the best for us. Right now none of this makes sense to me.
Someone I love is dying? That someone is my dad.
My dad is not j

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Liturgy and justice

Recently I was able to celebrate Sunday liturgy with a different community and had a good faith experience. So what did I find? Here is just a brief comment on the word of God, the prayers of the faithful, and the music.
Reflecting on the bread of l

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Sloganing for justice

We vehicle drivers know that headlights are to light up the dark. More importantly, Christians know that Jesus came to cast light into the dark. Further, many know that the true meaning of life is to cast light into darkness.
Likewise, drivers know t

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The communism question

The question across the crowded table in the pub last month caught me by surprise. Mike, the friend of a workmate, leaned across and suddenly asked
me: ‘Are you, or have you ever been, a communist?’
I had met Mike previously, and he was aware

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Action needed on human rights in West Papua

West Papuan church leader, Reverend Socratez Sofyan Yoman, highlighted the need for urgent action on human rights in West Papua (formally known as Irian Jaya).
At a recent talk on his speaking tour of New Zealand, Reverend Yoman, the President of the

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Catholic Social Teaching and the international scene

New Zealand’s quest for free trade agreements with the USA, China and Pacific Island nations and the detrimental effects this could have on workers, vulnerable groups and small economies would contravene Catholic social teaching.
The voices of those

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