Category: Wel-com

Second World Day of the Poor: 18 November

WelCom November 2018: Parishes around the world will be to observing Pope Francis’ 2nd World Day of the Poor on Sunday 18 November 2018. The Archdiocese of Wellington is one of 12 dioceses worldwide, invited by international Catholic organisation Fratello to lead activities of encounter, dialogue and practical assistance with people on the margins of society.

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Catholic agencies call for action on climate change mitigation

WelCom November 2018: ‘Climate action should prioritise the poor,’ says Caritas Aotearoa NZ Annette Scullion Leaders from the Oceania region gathered in Wellington on Thursday 4 October, for the launch of the fifth State of the Environment report for Oceania – Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy: Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania 2018. The

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Royal Commission into abuse in state care

WelCom November 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan Sexual Abuse is a particularly abhorrent form of exploitation. Government figures recently released show that in New Zealand last year there were over a thousand [recorded] cases of child sex abuse. In England and Wales figures just released for the year 2016 to 2017, record 6613 cases of sexual abuse

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Being an active disciple of Jesus

WelCom November 2018: When I was at a Synod in Rome in 2010 on The New Evangelisation, in his speech to the Synod one of the bishops spoke about how we are called to help one another ‘to be fascinated with Jesus, to be fascinated by Jesus.’ Those words have stayed with me and I keep

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War and Peace

WelCom November 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North WWI Family reunions have not been our thing. But recently we had a version of that to honour our grandfather (Mum’s father) who fought in various battles along the Western Front of the First World War. He served in Ypres, the Somme (over a million killed or

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Nano Nagle 1718–2018

WelCom November 2018: “Spend yourselves for the Poor” Sr Ruth Coleman pbvm Celebrations to mark Nano Nagle’s birth 300 years ago are taking place around the world this year. Venerable Nano Nagle was born into a wealthy family in Ballygriffin, Cork, Ireland in 1718. She was the eldest child of Garret and Anne Nagle. The harsh

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Armistice Centenary: 11 November 2018

WelCom November 2018: Bell ringing on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 2018, will be among the activities planned to mark the Centenary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War on 11 November 1918. Churches throughout the country are invited to join in the ‘Roaring Chorus’ campaign to mark

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NZ Catholic Bishops encourage Day of Prayer to Respect Life

WelCom November 2018: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops advocated the Day of Prayer to Respect Life with a letter to the Catholic community on the preciousness and fragility of life. Prayers for intercession and a poem were shared at Masses during that weekend. Respect Life Sunday pastoral letter 14 October 2018 Dear sisters and brothers in

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom November 2018: The Parish of Our Lady of the Bays is located at the top of the South Island and is bounded by Nelson, Tasman Bay and Golden Bay in the North and Kahurangi National Park and Mount Richmond Forest Park. The economic base includes farming, horticulture, hops, wine, forestry, fishing, tourism and artists. The

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Pope Francis Decries ‘Inhumane’ Violence of Shootings at Pittsburgh Synagogue

WelCom November 2018: Pope Francis has decried ‘the inhumane act of violence’, in which a shooter, on Saturday October 27, killed 11 and injured six others, at the Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in the United States city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during a baby-naming ceremony. The shooter, Robert Bowers, is in custody, and according to the

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