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Restoring hope, bringing about renewal – Te Wiki o Te Whai Tika 2021: Social Justice Week 2021

Event date: 
14 Sep 2021

Media Statement


Restoring hope, bringing about renewal – Te Wiki o Te Whai Tika 2021: Social Justice Week 2021


Waiho i te toipoto, kaua I te toiroa.
Let us keep close together, not wide apart.


In recent times we have witnessed the lockdown of the whole of New Zealand in response to an outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.  At these times it is easy for links of community to become strained and for people to feel more isolated.


In the midst of such times it is tempting to retreat into what we know best.


But Pope Francis reminds us that "isolation and withdrawal into one's own interests are never the way to restore hope and bring about renewal. Rather it is closeness; it is the culture of encounter". (Fratelli Tutti, #30)


12 - 18 September has been set aside by our Catholic Bishops as Social Justice Week – an opportunity to reflect on justice matters in our society and throughout the world. The theme of this year's Social Justice Week resources is "A Culture of Encounter: Be the Church" / "He Ahurea Tūtaki ki Ētahi atu: Me Noho Ko Koutou te Hāhi." This theme on encounter and community was inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (2020).


"Social Justice Week is an opportunity to pause and reflect on how each of us can help create bonds of belonging. This year our resources utilise Pope Francis' encyclical, Fratelli Tutti and the Beatitudes as a source of inspiration to help us overcome tendencies to isolation and to help develop an authentic culture of encounter" says Julianne Hickey, Director, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.


"This year we are distributing resources via our website, by email and by post so that different communities can all access the resources and use them in their own homes, in prayer groups or in larger gatherings in accord with Covid 19 health guidelines. This Social Justice Week, we invite the Catholic community to join us for an online workshop at 10:30am on Wednesday 15th September where we will explore the messages of Fratelli Tutti," says Julianne Hickey.


The online workshop details are:
Meeting ID: 827 0982 5301
Passcode: 354076


Further details and resources can be found here: 




For more information, please contact Engagement Manager, Roger Ellis 
at 04 496 1339; 021 526 264 or email to 


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Catholic Volunteers Overseas. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. 

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories. 

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