Sarah Havell and Fr Michael McCabe greet each other with a hongi at the blessing of St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria, Wellington.

 

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Cultural diversity

Photo: Moyra Pearce

Cultural diversity celebrates different faces of our worldwide human family. We are particularly interested in culturally inclusive church communities, indigenous peoplerefugees and migrants, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Sarah Havell and Fr Michael McCabe greet each other with a hongi at the blessing of St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria, Wellington.

Our faith embraces all beliefs and cultures
- New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, 2010

A Catholic understanding of human dignity holds that we are all made in the image of God. Every person is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Celebration of our cultural diversity is one expression of this.

Caritas' advocacy on cultural diversity includes recognising the rights of indigenous people both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally; a commitment to honour the Treaty of Waitangi; our work to make our own Church communities more welcoming and culturally inclusive; and our concern for the rights of refugees and migrants.

Resources include the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference statement: Celebrating cultural diversity, 2005.

Caritas' advocacy work on cultural diversity includes:

 

 

 

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