Bishop McKenna appointed member of Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

23 July 2020
Bishop Michael McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst. Image: Giovanni Portelli Photography/ACBC.


The Holy Father has appointed The Bishop of Bathurst, Bishop Michael McKenna, as a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

The Council is the central office of the Church for the promotion of inter-religious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra aetate. It is responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between Catholics and followers of other religious traditions; encouraging the study of religions; and promoting the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.

Bishop McKenna is currently the Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Commission for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue.

Of his appointment to the Pontifical Council, Bishop McKenna said “I was honoured to be asked to serve the Apostolic See in this work that I know is close to the heart of Pope Francis. The appointment acknowledges the importance of the Australian experience in building bridges between followers of the many faiths in our country”.

Bishop McKenna joins cardinals, archbishops and bishops from all parts of the world who were named as members of the Council. With the current Covid-19 situation, it is unknown at this stage when the new Council will be able to meet together. More details of the Council can be found at the Vatican News site –

With thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.


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