Social Action organisations

The teaching of the Catholic Church on social matters has given rise to The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which provide a framework for analysis and action in addressing injustice.

There are a number of Catholic organisations actively committed to working for justice and peace at parish, diocesan and national level.

Caritas

The Catholic agency for justice,  peace and development

 

Caritas delivers aid, supports development and advocates for justice around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work to make a difference in the lives of people living with poverty or injustice.

Contact

Caritas
0800 22 10 22 (Freephone), 04 496 1742 (WLG) , 09 360 3050 (AKL)

Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand

Pax Christi is an independent catholic peace and justice movement associated with Pax Christi International, which was founded in the aftermath of WWII.  Pax Christi addresses issues of peace and justice in the spirit of Jesus Christ by following the Pax Christi model of prayer, study and action.  

 

In Aotearoa New Zealand we are actively involved in the following:           

  • interfaith dialogue
  • Peace education
  • Regional issues (an example would be West Papua)
  • Treaty of Waitangi issues
  • Restorative justice
  • Human rights.

Pax Christ work with other peace and justice organisations to actively raise awareness of issues such as those listed.

Kia tau te rangimarie ki a taatou katoa. Working for peace for all everywhere.

Contact

Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand
09 377 5541

The Nathaniel Centre

The Nathaniel Centre – the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre – was established on 1 May 1999 as an agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference. 

We seek to bring the light of the Gospel and the moral tradition of the Catholic Church to issues in bioethics.

Conctact

The Nathaniel Centre
04 499 2251

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has in practical ways helped many thousands of people, easing their needs of many types.

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Contact

Society of St Vincent de Paul

MissioNZ

Missio in New Zealand is one of a number of National offices in more than 120 countries. 

Today, this “family” of mission societies is the Church’s primary means to inform Catholics about her worldwide missionary work and encourage their active participation in those efforts, through prayer and sacrifice. For example,  propagating faith, building schools, providing health and nutrition programmes, medications and learning resources.

Contact

MissioNZ
04 472 2210