Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Church’s agency for justice, peace and development; it is mandated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishop’s Conference to work on issues of social justice within New Zealand, as well as internationally.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supports the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme and will contribute the following activities towards the goals of the programme in 2012.

Projects 2012
Social Justice Week 2012 – “Our daily bread”

Caritas will produce resources for the Catholic Church’s Social Justice Week from 9-15 September, which this year takes the theme “Our daily bread”.

Relationships with Māori Catholic communities

Caritas will continue to apply the consultation policy with Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika to the production of resources, and will continue to develop our relationships with Māori Catholic communities.

Diversification of Caritas resources

Caritas has prepared Lenten reflection material in Tongan, Samoan and Tokelauan languages, in response to requests from those communities.

Day of Prayer for 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. In 2012, the Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants falls on Sunday 17 June. Caritas prepares resources for this Day on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference. To download full notes and resources for the Day of Prayer, please visit the Caritas website by clicking here.

Prayers for Waitangi Day

Caritas will produce prayers for Catholic parishes to commemorate Waitangi Day.

Prayers for Parihaka Day

Caritas will encourage our Catholic parishes to pray in support of Parihaka Day

Constitutional Review Seminar

Caritas are consulting the Church and other groups in preparation for preparing a submission to the review panel.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Race Relations Day and other events in Te Ngira/NZ Diversity Action Programme

Caritas will look for ways, such as promotion in our Caritas Companions newsletters, to encourage Catholic groups to participate in events such as Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Race Relations Day and other events promoted throughout the year by Te Ngira partners.

Annual Lent Appeal

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to host the Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem Claudette Habesch for a visit to New Zealand from the 24 February to 13 March 2012. Caritas Jerusalem is the humanitarian and development organisation for the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. Ms Habesch has led it since 1987.

Claudette Habesch will be a guest of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand for its Annual Lent Appeal (22 Feb – 6 April). She will be talking to parishes, church groups, social justice groups and schools and will be participating in a number of public events around New Zealand.

  • Thursday 1 March 12 noon – 1pm: Knox Church, 28 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch (in association with Christian World Service) Public meeting: Healing and hope for Palestine. 
  • Thursday 1 March 7:30pm: St Matthew’s Church, 108 Jeffreys Rd, Strowan, Christchurch (in association with Justice and Peace Group of Bryndwr Catholic Parish). Public meeting: Healing and hope for Palestine. Tea and coffee to follow.
  • Sunday 4 March, 3pm: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 197 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North. ‘Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem’ – liturgy including address by Claudette Habesch.
  • Wednesday 7 March, 7.30 pm: ‘A Just Peace for the Holy Land?’ Selwyn library, 8 St Stephens Ave, Parnell. Talk Two in a series of four on ‘Injustice in our time:  A faith response’. Jointly sponsored by the Catholic and Anglican Cathedral parishes of Auckland.
  • Thursday 8 March, 5.30-7pm: St Columba’s Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland. Public meeting: Healing and hope for Palestine.  
  • Sunday 11 March, 5.45pm-6.45pm: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Wyndham St, Auckland. ‘Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem’ – liturgy including address by Claudette Habesch. Tea/coffee to follow in Liston Hall.


Contact: Lisa Beech,

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