Category: Wel-com

Priests fete archbishop

The priests of the archdiocese got together on 25 May for a Mass and dinner to honour the 30th anniversary of ordination of Archbishop John Dew.
The event was held at St Joseph’s, Māoria and nearly 60 priests attended.
The apostolic nunci

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Pentecost mission to the world

Even after living with Jesus for one year (Mark, Matthew, Luke) or three years (John), his followers still had not caught the vision. They ask about restoring earthly kingdoms to Israel. As Jesus is taken from their sight they are left looking up. I am s

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Justice at the core of today’s feast

This June publication of Wel-com coincides with the great feast of Corpus Christi. In Eucharist, we are challenged and nurtured by the Word, consume that Word as food and drink, and are sent to transform our world. ‘The Eucharist commits us to the poor’ (

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Mary Magdalene decoded

Debate over the status of Mary Magdalene in Jesus’ life has been renewed after the release last month of the Ron Howard film of the Dan Brown book, The Da Vinci Code [2003]. Elizabeth Julian goes not to pop fiction but to the New Testament in search of an

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Dan Brown’s favour to Christianity

As a film critic, I regularly hear that movie adaptations of novels are ‘Not as good as the book’. This observation, of course, is misjudged. A good film cannot easily do what a good book can do – tell the viewer what all the characters are thinking, and

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Fuelling the fire over Dili

Hanging on the wall of a conference room in the office of the Prime Minister of East Timor, Mari Alkatiri, is a satellite photo of Dili on fire. Smoke billows from scores of incandescent spots all over the city.
The image was taken from the fires of

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Support for changing smacking law

The proposal to remove the legal defence to assault on children contained in Section 59 of the Crimes Act has resulted in a polarised debate in New Zealand society.
But Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand found there is more common ground on the issue than

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Family members main elder abusers

Between three and 10 percent of the older population is abused or neglected, according to a recent Age Concern report.
The report said that referrals to agencies dealing with elder abuse and neglect were only ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and up to 45,00

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Birthing communities of saints in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Pentecost reminds us of God’s Spirit birthing the Church. Throughout the Christian world faith communities have been reliving that first out-pouring of God’s Spirit which continues to call believers to ‘go out’ and ‘to preach God’s Good News’.
This

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