Category: Wel-com

Archbishop’s column Christmas message: take time for God

Our synod ‘Salt and Light Together’ was a major event of 2006, but it was just the beginning. The participation of so many people in the synod process is something I continue to be deeply grateful for. I also continue to give thanks for the commitment of

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A Taiwan story of lay leadership

Last Sunday we had a balls-up. It doesn’t happen often but this was comic. I arrived early in Tian-Go for 9am mass to find the church locked. Usually, one of the lay leaders opens the church, sweeps the floor and gets it ready for Mass, so it was odd that

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A treasured faith, loved and retained

It never ceases to amaze me, the ever gentle and loyal presence of our ‘Senior Citizens’ who duly grace our churches for the Sunday Mass; not to mention weekdays too! And in this age of loose morals and materialism, their ever support, strength, sureness,

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Editorial: of variety and spice

A number of people wrote last month to comment on Fr Eddie Condra’s article on the advent of a new priesthood, which was published in the October and November issues of Wel-com.
Some expressed dismay that such views should be aired in a Catholic news

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Faith and reason in limbo

It is coincidental that the Pope has received simultaneous media attention for his views on faith and reason, and for his alleged plans to decommission Limbo. But the history of Limbo does illuminate troubling aspects of the relationship between faith and

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AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea

An HIV/AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea is responsible for more than 90 percent of all HIV infections reported to date in Oceania.
An estimated 60,000 Papua New Guineans were living with HIV in 2005. Poverty is the major cause of this high infectio

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Sacred Heart principals and teachers in founder’s France

Directors of religious studies and principals from four Sacred Heart colleges (Napier, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Lower Hutt) spent the last school holidays on a heartland tour of France, a pilgrimage to places of significance for the Congregation of Our La

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Learning to live with peace

Maryam (not her real name) survived years of violence after fleeing the war in Somalia. After learning to live with her injuries, with hearing regular outbursts of gunfire, and with taking her life into her hands every time she ventured out for food or wa

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The gift on the back doorstep

One year, a week before Christmas, my children and I came home to find a gift on the back doorstep. This gift was an enormous bag of sweets and a dozen cans of soft drink. There was no card on the gift and none of our neighbours had seen anyone approachin

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Making peace in Fiji

Koila Costello-Olsson of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA) in Fiji, is someone who has been a witness to troubled times around the two military coups in her country. ECREA is a partner of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.
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