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Caritas provides resources for educators, students, parishes, social justice advocates, researchers and for prayer.

Our resources support our mission to educate and inform people about the causes of poverty and injustice. They also promote reflection and action for a fair and just world.

Special resources are provided each year for Lent, Social Justice Week, and the Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants.

Our publications keep people up-to-date on development and justice issues, and provide specialist research on key topics. Submissions to government and other institutions are also online.


Smiles during Waitangi Day Mass at St Mary of the Angels, Wellington.


Caritas produces resources to help parishes for prayer, worship, reflection, discussion and action for social justice. Lent and Social Justice Week are times when a lot of resource material is produced for parishes.

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SJW 2015 It's our story

Social Justice Week

The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week. In 2015 it runs from 13-19 September, and this year we are looking at family poverty and what it would take for all families in Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish.

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Caritas publications 2015.


Caritas publish a wide range of publications from regular newsletters to education material to prayer reflection booklets.

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The seat of government in New Zealand, the Beehive.


Caritas makes submissions on matters before government and other decision makers. Our views are considered against the principles of Catholic social teaching, and the experience of the Catholic Church in working with the poor and vulnerable.

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Sopee Sari helps with the crops in O’Chra village, Mondulkiri.


Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. Lent 2016 begins on Ash Wednesday 10 February, and lasts until Holy Thursday 24 March. Download Caritas Lenten resources below.

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CST banner 2014

Catholic Social Teaching

Caritas draws inspiration for all its work from Catholic social teaching, a body of thought on social issues that has been developed by the Church over the past hundred years.

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Amar Jaloud and her son Adam are among 1.5 million Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon, poster image.

Day of Prayer - Refugees and Migrants

A Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants is set aside each year to fall as close as possible to World Refugee Day on 20 June. Caritas prepares resources for this day on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

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Te Whiti's memorial at Parihaka.

Remembering Parihaka

A resource booklet has been prepared on Parihaka –  a place of non-violent resistance in the 19th century that continues to inspire discussion and a collective response to injustice.

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