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Time to Challenge Secularism – Part 2

May 2016 Feature Is it enough to drift along with prevailing views, whether secular or religious? Do we need to sharpen our responses to them both? Emeritus Bishop Peter Cullinane DD explores these questions in the second and final part of his article. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul was scathing in

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Cardinal George Pell – trial begins

WelCom August 2017: The most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sexual-abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday 27 July 2017. Cardinal George Pell appeared briefly at the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with historic sex offences. No formal plea was entered although Pell’s legal team lead, Robert Richter, told the magistrate:

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Can We Say the Church Is Holy?

WelCom August 2017: In the wake of sexual-abuse and financial scandals within the Church, where is our credibility? Fr Neil Vaney sm Symbols of Hope Some years ago I visited the new cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. What struck me were the multi-coloured woven banners, each about five metres high, decorating both side walls. They depicted saints

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New President of Pontifical Academy of Sciences

WelCom August 2017: Pope Francis has named Professor Joachim von Braun as the new President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Von Braun is the Ordinary Professor of Economics and Technological Change, as well as the Director of the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn in Germany. He was formerly the director general of the

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Caritas says ‘halt deep sea mining’

WelCom August 2017: ‘We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,’ Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand said at a UN forum in New York in July on sustainable development. Mrs Hickey was speaking for Oceania at the forum

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Say No to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

WelCom August 2017: The Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated into ending one’s life in New Zealand has yet to make its report, but New Zealanders have made it clear they are not in favour of legalising euthanasia. An unprecedented number of submissions rejected the idea by four to one. However, an ‘End of Life Choice Bill’ has been

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Blessing of the Fleet

WelCom August 2017: Nelsonians of all ages turned out on Saturday 15 July for the annual blessing of the fleet. Now in its seventeenth year, the Nelson blessing was for the safe sailing of this year’s fleet and in remembrance of the 140 fatalities over 17 years. Making the blessing were Nelson and Stoke Holy Family Parish Priest

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Free Download Offer

WelCom August 2017: Wellington’s Cathedral Parish of the Sacred Heart has launched a free App with a variety of services. A small team of parishioners have established a smartphone application to help connect the faith community with its members and others interested in the cathedral. The App is compatible with Android (Google Play) or iOS (App Store)

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Māori Pastoral Care Appeal

WelCom August 2017: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people Mō te tika, mō te pono, mō te aroha – For justice, truth and love Rangimoeroa Waikari-Panapa The 2017 Māori Pastoral Care Appeal

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New Zealand National Vocations Awareness Week, 6–13 August 2017

Te Wiki Aroā mō Ngā Karanga Tūranga Hāhi a Motu ki Aotearoa, 6-13 Ākuhata 2017 WelCom August 2017: “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” – Matthew 9:37-38. Our baptism calls us to holiness. We live out this call through marriage,

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