Category: Wel-com

A response to article on clerical abuse

WelCom May 2019: In the April 2019 edition of WelCom, Dr Christopher Longhurst wrote an article entitled ‘Theologies of Lament, Listening and Healing – Responses to Institutional Crisis of Clerical Child Sexual Abuse’. The following response is by a WelCom reader. Firstly, I would like to thank Dr Longhurst for his engaging discussion on how we,

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Church in solidarity with Sri Lanka

WelCom May 2019: Church members, groups and individuals joined Pope Francis in Rome’s St Peter’s Square as he reiterated his closeness to the people of Sri Lanka following the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. Speaking after the special Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ message and blessing, the Holy Father expressed his ‘heartfelt closeness to the Christian community,

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A time for coming together

WelCom May 2019: Over 250 people were killed and around 500 others were injured in six coordinated attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 21 April. Among the targets in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa were two Catholic churches – St Anthony’s Shrine in the capital and St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north

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Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation CHRISTUS VIVIT of the Holy Father Francis to Young People and to the entire People of God

WelCom May 2019: In his latest apostolic exhortation, released 2 April 2019, following last year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, Pope Francis has urged young people to embrace their role as the present and the future of the Catholic Church by building relationships with their community and with God. The

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Pope releases document summarising Synod on Youth

WelCom May 2019: Pope Francis has urged young people to embrace their role as the present and the future of the Catholic Church by building relationships with their community and with God. His latest apostolic exhortation was signed on 25 March and released 2 April 2019, following last year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, the

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Mary Month of May – Ko Meri, ko te mārama o Haratua

WelCom May 2019: The month of May is a special time to honour our Blessed Mother Mary. Marian devotions may include singing Marian hymns, readings, homilies, and reciting the rosary. In his 1951 encyclical Ingruentium malorum Pope Pius XI wrote: The custom of the family recitation of the Holy Rosary is a most efficacious means. What

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‘Peace be with you’

WelCom May 2019: ‘Jesus puts peace into our hearts so that in turn we can give it to others.’ Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington In mid-April Pope Francis met at the Vatican with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby [principal leader of the Church of England, symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and bishop

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From desks to neighbourhoods with the oils of God’s workshop

WelCom May 2019: Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North Leadership and purpose or kaupapa are hot topics in the Church at the moment. That should not surprise us. The Church is by nature perennis reformatio, and naturally enough some people are more attracted to the brake and others to the accelerator. But that pedal metaphor can

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‘End of Life Choice Bill should be withdrawn immediately

WelCom May 2019: Peter Thirkell, Secretary of the Care Alliance, welcomed the Justice Select Committee’s statement that the End of Life Choice Bill ‘is not workable in its present state’. The Care Alliance position regarding the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide, agreed by all its member organisations (who include all of the major providers of

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Euthanasia Bill to come back to Parliament

WelCom May 2019: Dr John Kleinsman, Director of The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre The long-awaited Justice Select Committee Report on David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was finally presented to Parliament on Tuesday 9 April. Critically, the Committee, having heard more than 38,700 submissions of which more than 90 per cent were opposed, ‘were unable

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