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  • Apr 2018 '18

    Pope Francis issues new Exhortation in Rome

    Pope Francis has produced his third Apostolic Exhortation in five years. The Exhortation, entitled Gaudete Et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), was released at 12 noon in Rome on Monday 9 April and can be accessed in full as a PDF here: APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION A Papal Exhortation is one of an array of communication methods…

  • Mar 2018 '18

    Pope Francis backs decision to hold Plenary Council in Australia

    Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council – the most significant national gathering that can be held – in Australia in more than 80 years. “The Australian Bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in…

  • Feb 2018 '18

    An important announcement from the Archdiocese of Brisbane

    In 2016, the Archdiocese received a number of complaints concerning Fr Ezinwanne Igbo. In one of those complaints, he was alleged to have committed a canonical offence which resulted in automatic excommunication. This was not an offence under the Queensland Criminal Code. An investigative process was authorised by the Holy See and conducted by senior…

  • Dec 2017 '17

    Rapid growth fuels need for new Catholic parish

    The rapidly growing North Lakes and Mango Hill area has become a Catholic parish in its own right. The new parish has been named St Benedict’s. Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane head, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, officially established the new parish at a Mass at Mango Hill on Sunday December 3. The former priest-in-charge, Fr Bryan Roe,…

  • Nov 2017 '17

    Independent audit finds archdiocese complying with safeguarding policy

    An independent audit into safeguards for children and vulnerable adults within the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane has found its parishes to be complying with policy. Archbishop Mark Coleridge has released the second annual external audit of the policy, carried out in parishes within the Archdiocese which extends from the NSW border, north to Hervey Bay…

  • Nov 2017 '17

    Australian Government Must Act Immediately to End Manus Island Crisis

    The Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Social Justice Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba call on the Australian Government to end the crisis on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea involving around 600 refugees and people seeking asylum. At present, over 400 are in the processing centre….

  • Nov 2017 '17

    Any change to marriage law must include protections for religious freedom

    Parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart said today in the wake of the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. “The Catholic Church, and many others who sought to retain the definition of marriage as it has been understood for…

  • Sep 2017 '17

    Social Justice Sunday 2017: ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’

    The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Social Justice Sunday on 24 September. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’. The Statement calls for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person. It is built around the Gospel…

  • Aug 2017 '17

    New office to strengthen protection of children and vulnerable adults

    Absorbing the failures unearthed at the Royal Commission, the Archdiocese of Brisbane has strengthened its efforts towards protecting children and vulnerable adults with a new role. The Office of Safeguarding and Professional Standards Services was opened on August 17, with Mark Eustance appointed its first Director. It is the latest step in what has been…

  • Aug 2017 '17

    Catholic awards honouring outstanding leadership return to Brisbane

    Catholics around Australia are revealing the country’s best Church and community leaders for a chance to be named a winner of the 2017 Community Leader Awards. Now in its third year, the 2017 Community Leader Awards, will honour five outstanding Catholics showing exemplary leadership as professionals, young Catholics, school leaders, volunteers, and community leaders. The…

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