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  • Nov 2014 '14

    Bishop Comensoli appointed third Bishop of Broken Bay

    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Peter Andrew Comensoli as the third Bishop of Broken Bay on 20 November 2014. Over the past nine months, Bishop Comensoli served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney while the position of Archbishop was vacant from 27 February until 12 November 2014. Currently,…

  • Nov 2014 '14

    Catholic Justice and Peace Commission endorses Pope’s call to G20 leaders

    On the eve of the G20 Summit in Brisbane Pope Francis has written a letter to Prime Minister Abbott offering his prayerful encouragement for the deliberations and outcome of the Summit. Read Pope Francis’ Letter to Prime Minister Abbott In his letter Pope Francis recognizes the importance of the deliberations and a focus on efforts…

  • Nov 2014 '14

    Letter from Pope Francis to the Prime Minister on the eve of the G20 Summit

    It is the practice that the Pope writes to the political leader of the host nation. To the Honourable Tony Abbott Prime Minister of Australia On 15 and 16 November next in Brisbane you will chair the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the world’s twenty largest economies, thus bringing to a close…

  • Oct 2014 '14

    Showing support for child sexual abuse survivors through Blue Knot Day

    Photo: Archbishop Coleridge (back row centre), his brother Bishops Joseph Oudeman and Brian V Finnigan, and the executive and administrative staff of the Episcopal Offices wear Blue Knot Day pins on Monday October 27. Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) is the name of a support group who have come to prominence during the McClellan Royal…

  • Oct 2014 '14

    ACBC Statement on the conclusion of the first part of the Synod on the Family

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference welcomes the concluding message released by the Synod Fathers at the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome on 18 October 2014. We support the Synod Fathers in their acknowledgement that as priests and bishops we have lived alongside families who have spoken to us and…

  • Oct 2014 '14

    Art an active agent in advancing social justice

    Leading Australian artist and Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell will deliver a free public lecture on JUST ART projects on Thursday 16 October at 6pm at the Francis Rush Centre in St Stephen’s Cathedral Precinct, Brisbane. Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell will talk about five places where Just Art projects have served as an inclusive force in…

  • Sep 2014 '14

    Event Horizon nears as Pope’s Astronomer heads to Brisbane

    Planetary Scientist and Papal astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno sj will visit Brisbane from October 13 – 17 on a lecture tour. The American born Jesuit joined the Vatican Observatory in 1993 and has since balanced observational work, travel and lecture tours in between co-writing six books, the latest being “Would you baptize an extra-terrestrial?” Before…

  • Sep 2014 '14

    Archbishop-Elect named for Archdiocese of Sydney

    Pope Francis has announced this evening the appointment of Bishop Anthony Fisher OP as the new Archbishop of Sydney. Bishop Fisher is currently the Bishop of Parramatta. This appointment follows the transfer of Cardinal George Pell to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. Speaking on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, its President, Archbishop…

  • Sep 2014 '14

    Social Justice Sunday Statement released ahead of September 28

    Legendary Coach and AFL player Kevin Sheedy AM and renowned journalist and commentator Geraldine Doogue AO have launched the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2014–2015 Social Justice Statement. The title of the Statement is A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation. The Statement highlights the vital role that sport plays in the health…

  • Aug 2014 '14

    Church calls for national child abuse redress scheme

    A submission from the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council to the child abuse Royal Commission has called for a mandatory national victims’ redress scheme operated by Government but funded by the institutions responsible for the abuse. CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan said the scheme needed to be…

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