Category: Wel-com

‘Peace of heart is the heart of peace’

This month marks 20 years since the visit to New Zealand of Pope John Paul II.
The central theme of his visit to Aotearoa New Zealand was ‘Peace of heart is the heart of peace’. Many of us will have memories of that windy November day in 1986 at At

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Bishops on World Youth Day

When we imagine the beginnings of Christianity, we think of local people celebrating their faith in their own homes. The ‘church of the home’ was the norm and there, as individual families and local assembly, Christians shared and expressed their faith. T

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World Youth Day countdown

Sunday was a particularly exciting day for the 80 people who met in the Catholic Centre cafeteria. Why were they there? To hear more about the very exciting World Youth Day 2008. Hanton (the World Youth Day fanatic who brings you these enchanting updates)

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Who controls the pope? Musing on Regensburg

Of all the questions generated by the Regensburg crisis, perhaps the one of greatest long-term consequences for this pontificate, across a range of issues much wider than Catholic-Muslim relations, is, who will say no to Benedict XVI?
It’s a question

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Caritas supports crime and punishment debate

Our prisons are bursting, and yet our communities don’t feel any safer. With over 7,700 inmates in our prisons, New Zealand has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the western world. Inmate numbers have risen a staggering 70 percent in the last 10 ye

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Just money

How could otherwise upright citizens be unwittingly contributing to environmental degradation and social disintegration, simply through their legitimate day-to-day use of money? Once aware, what steps might they take to avoid this undesirable state of aff

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Environmental justice – a personal reflection

Reflecting on environmental justice over my last few months at Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand leads me to think about what I could do to stop climate change and ‘renew the face the of the earth’.
I live in the city surrounded by concrete – footpaths, r

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Feedback invited on religious diversity statement

Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres is inviting public feedback on a statement setting out the rights and responsibilities relating to religion and belief in New Zealand.
‘In the context of current global conflicts it is important that we rec

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Popular priest dies

Capuchin Fr Cronan Fahey, who died in Ireland in September, spent his entire priestly career in New Zealand. He had an interest in this country from childhood: an aunt had come from Ireland in 1919 as a new bride.
Fr Cronan was born 20 years later, o

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