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The Environment for Worship – Considering the Liturgical Environment

WelCom May 2019: Cardinal John Dew’s invitation to rethinking how we use our church and parish building and how we go about the ‘work’ of church is a spirit-filled invitation. Nevertheless, there is an impact on people when a church is destroyed or badly damaged, as with the churches in Sri Lanka’s recent bombings and the

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My Vocation Journey

WelCom May 2019: The annual day of prayer for Vocations is on Sunday 12 May, the 4th Sunday of Easter. It is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Alfred Tong, an Archdiocese of Wellington seminarian, shares his call to vocation story. ‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood’. I never knew these were the beginnings of

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Notre Dame Cathedral – ‘A major symbol of the Catholic faith’

WelCom May 2019: Catholics around the world watched with horror as the roof of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed with flames on Monday 15 April 2019. The fire broke out as the cathedral was being renovated. Flames tore through the 860-year-old cathedral’s timbered roofing destroying the roof and spire. The following day, firefighters said the

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World Environment Day, June 5

WelCom May 2019: Catholic Church tackles destruction of ‘the lungs of the world’ The Amazon rainforest absorbs carbon for the entire planet, produces more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen and is being destroyed by deforestation and climate change. As carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, humanity is choking its own oxygen supply. In

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Pope Francis meets with climate-strike teen

WelCom May 2019: Pope Francis met briefly during his general audience April 17 with Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager and climate activist who inspired a million students around the world to take part in a global strike in March this year to protest politicians’ inaction on climate change. The pontiff approached Thunberg at the end of

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New Appointments

WelCom May 2019: Apostolic Nuncio for New Zealand and the Pacific Amanda Gregan Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa as Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand and Apostolic Delegate to the countries of the Pacific. Archbishop Novatus’ appointment was announced in the Vatican City on 29 March 2019. He is due to be in New Zealand

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Scope of Royal Commission clarified

WelCom May 2019: The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions has commenced its substantive work in early 2019. Commissioners to the Inquiry are Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae, Dr Andrew Erueti, Paul Gibson, Sir Anand Satyanand (Chair) and Judge Coral Shaw. On 1 March 2019, the Royal

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Victims of Abuse – Hear My Sorrow

WelCom May 2019: James Lyons, Priest of the Archdiocese of Wellington Lonely, isolated, numb, insecure, depressed. Definitely not conditions helpful to healthy living, yet they are daily experiences for a particularly vulnerable group – the victims of abuse. Since the announcement that the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care has been extended to include Faith-Based

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Safeguarding for a Safer Church

WelCom May 2019: Virginia Noonan, National Director, NOPS Many within the Catholic Church will be aware of the existence of the National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) and our role in responding to complaints of abuse in the Church; and of overseeing the investigation of complaints of sexual abuse against clergy and members of religious orders. A

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Catholic Thinking – On Human Fraternity

WelCom May 2019: In this month’s Catholic Thinking article, Bernard Teo CSsR, discusses the joint Declaration On Human Fraternity – For World Peace and Living Together, signed on 4 February 2019 by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr Ahmed el-Tayeb, at an interreligious summit in Abu Dhabi. Dr Bernard Teo lectures in Christian

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