A word from the publisher

Bishop Pat Mar 2016

The 500th issue of NZ Catholic is an opportunity for me to thank all who have supported our newspaper from its inception – our staff, contributors, advertisers,promotors and above all our faithful readers.

NZ Catholic Editor Michael Otto and Publisher Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn cut the cake. NZ Catholic celebrated the publishing of its 500th edition on October 1, 2016.

NZ Catholic Editor Michael Otto and Publisher Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn cut the cake. NZ Catholic celebrated the publishing of its 500th edition on October 1, 2016.

Without such a newspaper most Catholics would hear Church news either through snippets on mainstream media, or via the Internet, or through their local parish newsletter.

These and other sources are helpful, but a newspaper provides the opportunity to give fuller coverage for local and international stories.

In a secularised culture like our own, it is imperative that committed Catholics strive week by week to keep abreast with issues that Pope Francis and others in our Church see as critical if we are truly to bear witness to Christ at this moment in history.

The world is always in a state of flux and no one believes that our learning ends the day we leave school, yet many Catholics still rely on an understanding of our Faith which we may have acquired only as children.

A product like NZ Catholic can help to inform our Faith at every step of life’s journey. What could be more important that this?

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