by NZ CATHOLIC staff
New Zealand Catholics have the opportunity of receiving prayer in Rome next month without leaving the country.
Cardinal John Dew, the president of Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ), will offer prayers for those who take part in
the Poverty and Justice Bible Campaign at Sacred Heart Basilica in Wellington at the end of November. Their names will be recorded in a special book that BSNZ is preparing for him.
Along with his appointment as cardinal by Pope Francis earlier this year, he was appointed cardinal-priest at
Sant’Ippolito Church in the Nomentano quarter of Rome. It is here that Cardinal Dew has agreed to pray for people who have asked to be remembered.
“It would be a blessing for me to be able to connect Catholics in New Zealand with this very special church in Rome,” he said.
Sant’Ippolito is a 20th century parish and titular church, meaning it has a cardinal appointed to oversee it.
Wellingtonian Bridget Taumoepeau, who has submitted a prayer request, said the initiative would be unifying.
“Cardinal Dew as our shepherd is taking our prayers to Rome to his especially designated church. There is a lovely image of the people of New Zealand being united in prayer through our archbishop with the universal Church. There is also the link of our cardinal to our Holy Father who appointed him and called him to Rome to contribute to the synod.”
Prayer in Rome is part of the Poverty and Justice Bible Campaign, a joint initiative of BSNZ and Caritas Aotearoa
Each Bible purchased will fund another copy that will be donated to a person who can’t afford one.
If you would like your name and prayer request added to the book for Cardinal Dew, visit www.povertyandjustice.nz .