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CATHOLIC CONGRESS.

FEDERATBON MEETING IN WELLINGTON. , (Per Press Association.) , . WELLINGTON, February 18. The second half-yearly meeting of the Dominion Council and Executive of the New. Zealand Catholic Federation was held to-day. ; The following delegates were present:—-Welling-ton diocese, Mr F. K. Reeves (president), the Very Rev. Dean Holley, and Mr J. W. Callaghan; Auckland, Messrs B. iMcLoughlin, F. G. J. Temm and j 0. J. Furlong; Christchurch, the Very Rev. Father Price, the Very Rev. Dean Hyland and Mr . R. Hayward; Dunedin, the Very llev. Father Ooffey and, Messrs M. P. Sheil and D. Poppelwell. ; .

In welcoming the delegates the chairman said the Federation movement was even now only in its initial stages and though a very considerable amount of: spade-work had been done a great deal remained to be accomplished. He referred .in terms of satisfaction to the work done by the organiser (Mr G. Girling Butcher)/ and said the selfdenying labour on the part of those engaged should give Catholics the idea that those at the head of the move-, ment were imbued with a sense of re-; sponsibility on- behalf ,, of the Catholic cause and that they; %ere pursuing their object with no selfish aims. Going into details of the work done; the Executive refers to the case oi neglected children. .Recognising the importance of the matter it circularised the branches for the names of Cahtolic families willing to take into their homes (for the usual Government considera: tion) Catholic children committed through the courts to the care of the Education Department. This work will be carefully watched and as the result it is hoped that one of the ways of leakage from the church will be 1 minimised. The employment bureau, it reports, is a boon for employers and employees alike in all parts of the Dominion. During the month 107 people were directed to employment. The financial position is satisfactory. ■■■ Archbishop Redwood and Coadjutor Archbishop O'Shea addressed the conference, congratulating it on, the progress of the movement. Mr Girling Butcher spoke on the question of organisation, emphasising the importance of parish committees. The conference reaffirmed the principle that the Federation," is not a political party organisation and does not seek to touch politics except where politics touch religion, or where the civil rights and' liberties of Catholics are affected." ' ■ i It was decided that the Dominion Executive should approach the hierarchy in regard to the formulation of a constructive policy in ■ connection with the. education movement. . ■ '. ;

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CATHOLIC CONGRESS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8798, 19 February 1914

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CATHOLIC CONGRESS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8798, 19 February 1914

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