“The world is a joyful mystery." Laudato Si 12
“We journey through this land seeking God" LS 244
“The climate is a common good…” Laudato Si 23
Photo of the ADW Thinking Stone - carved in Oamaru stone by Master Carver, Lou Kereopa, it is rich in Christian Māori symbolism

We are the Catholic community of the lower North and upper South Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, following Jesus Christ by celebrating and sharing faith, growing in community, caring for our common home, and working for justice and peace

image of the Cardinals Crest Cardinal’s reflections

Cardinal John Dew

3 days ago

This week the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care is holding public hearings at which some survivors of abuse in faith-based care are giving evidence. The first week of the hearings focus on cases involving Catholic institutions. In the coming weeks, survivors of other faith-based organisations will give their evidence at separate hearings.
The Bishops and leaders of religious orders asked to be part of the Royal Commission process. It is a necessary step in the process of justice, an opportunity to acknowledge our past, examine our failings and to listen to those who have been harmed. The process may encourage other survivors to come forward, perhaps for the first time, to disclose the abuse or harm they endured.
Please pray for all involved, and that we will be a Church which brings peace and kindness into the lives of all, especially those who have been hurt when they should have been safe and cared for.
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WelCom December, Issue 389

WelCom December 2020 is in parishes and schools as our monthly printed newspaper.