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Waitangi Day

WelCom February 2019: Waitangi Day: Day of rest? End-of-summer-holidays-day? Holy-day? Monsignor Gerard Burns Waitangi Day has perhaps many layers but it is also officially a national day commemorating the first signings of the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in 1840. When I was younger, back in the early 1970s I remember graffiti around

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Safeguarding in our Church

WelCom February 2019: Safeguarding practices have become the norm in society for organisations dealing with children and vulnerable adults, to ensure all are kept safe from harm, trauma and abuse, whether it be emotional, physical, or sexual. Within the Church everyone has responsibility for ensuring safe practices at all levels. Safeguarding practices apply to all volunteers,

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The Lent Appeal 2019

WelCom February 2019: “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves” – Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate YOUR LENT DONATIONS WILL CHANGE LIVES THE LENTEN JOURNEY Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that leads up to Easter on

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Cardinal’s Care Appeal 2018

WelCom December 2018: Following last year’s Synod, Cardinal John Dew reached out to parishes across the Archdiocese to lend a hand with the annual Care Appeal during Advent. The response was overwhelmingly generous. ‘With your help, the appeal raised a record $65,750 to fund Catholic Social Services’ projects within the Archdiocese,’ says Cardinal John. The Appeal

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Catholic Church leaders welcome inclusion in Royal Commission

WelCom December 2018: The New Zealand Catholic bishops and religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in the New Zealand Government’s expanded inquiry into the historical abuse of children. On Monday 12 November 2018, the prime minister Jacinda Ardern stated that Cabinet agreed to expand the inquiry to include faith-based institutions. The inquiry will

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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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Young people prepare for World Day of the Poor

WelCom October 2018: ‘The Lord listens to the poor who cry out to Him’ – from Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Second World Day of the Poor, 18 November 2018. Annette Scullion Fratello, an international charity, based in France and which promotes the World Day of the Poor, has invited the Archdiocese of Wellington

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World Mission Sunday

WelCom October 2018: Ko te Rātapu Mīhana o te Ao 21 October 2018  |  21 o Oketopa 2018 World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement. Instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926 as the day of prayer for missions,

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