World Youth Day Cross at Pukekaraka Marae, Otaki.

 

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Aotearoa New Zealand

Photo: Mark Coote

Our work within New Zealand focuses on advocacy, education and prayer. We strive to make a real difference in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice in our country.

World Youth Day Cross at Pukekaraka Marae, Otaki.

These are crucial to understanding poverty and injustice, and taking effective action to end them. They are part of our mandate from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference to:

  • promote action for justice, peace and development as part of living the Gospel, and
  • be a vehicle for Catholics and people of goodwill to participate in the Church’s mission for justice and peace.

Advocacy involves researching social issues and speaking out for the protection of poor and vulnerable members of our society and our world. Read more... 

Education about development includes providing information and resources for schools and parishes, justice and peace workers, and members of the public. Our education work encourages people of all ages to continue learning about and applying principles of justice, peace and development. Read more...

Prayer recognises that we are children of the one God, who calls us into one human family, whether we acknowledge God or not. It also keeps us humble and reminds us we are not alone in the task of transforming the world. Prayer and reflection material is included in our resources for schools  and parishes. Also see our Caritas Companions prayer newsletters.

We also work closely with an informal Catholic justice and peace network within Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

 

 

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