Bishop Anthony’s Blog: Greetings from New Zealand
|Photo of Aoraki / Mount Cook. SOURCE WIKIPEDIA COMMONS Photo: David Briody|
From Bishop Anthony’s Blog
Kia Ora! Greetings from New Zealand / Aeotora. I am at the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania in Wellington for the four-yearly meeting of all the bishops of Oceania.
Last night we were given a pōwhiri or ceremonial welcome by the local Maoris. There were many speeches, songs (we sung the Salve Regina and the Pater Noster in reply to the Maori songs). As is the custom, noses were pressed and hands shook, followed by Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral and then a hākari (feast).
There is a very strong sense of the Church of the Pacific amongst us and even the tiniest island nations have their bishop or administrator here.Read full post at Bishop Anthony’s Blog
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