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  • Most Rev Brian Mascord ordained as the fifth Bishop of Wollongong

    In one of the largest Catholic episcopal ordinations in Australian history, a “full-house” of some 4,500 guests, including the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana, witnessed the ordination of Most Rev Brian Mascord as the fifth Bishop of Wollongong at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on...
  • Janaki’s story – A just future starts with empowerment

    For each of the six weeks of Lent, the Diocese of Parramatta is sharing one of Caritas Australia’s  feature stories of lives changed through support and empowerment programs. FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – 18 February, 2018 In Nepal, Caritas Australia and its partners are assisting the country’s youth to...
  • Australian Catholic Bishops: Religious freedom is critical in a pluralist Australia

    Religious freedom must be enshrined in Australian law and recognised as a right, rather than an exception or an exemption, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has explained. In its submission to the Religious Freedom Review called by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and chaired by the Hon Phillip Ruddock,...
  • Bishop Gerard Hanna, the media, and ‘fake news’

    In his message for World Communications Day this year, Pope Francis wrote about ‘fake news,’ defining it as “the spreading of disinformation online or in the traditional media… based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader.” I don’t really love the phrase; maybe because I...
  • Social Justice Update

    The Social Justice Office’s mission in 2017 was to welcome, protect, promote and integrate refugees and all vulnerable people. Here are some highlights from our year and a Christmas message. Human trafficking. Bishop Vincent Long launched Human Trafficking and Slavery by Sr Noelene Simmons SM, for the Australian Catholic...
  • Local, international research to help guide youth ministry

    Researchers from Australia and the United States will present their findings on how young people perceive and engage with the Catholic Church during one of a series of significant events that will be held during the Year of Youth. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Youth, in partnership...
  • Pope Francis delivers 2018 Lenten Message

    Message of the Holy Father Francis for Lent 201806.02.2018   The following is the Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2018 on the theme: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12).   Message of the Holy Father “Because of the...
  • Inter-religious Dialogue: An Imperative for Peace

    Shortly after his election, Pope Francis, like the saint whose name he took, identified inter-religious dialogue as “a necessary condition for world peace,” noting that “Only through dialogue will we be able to eliminate intolerance and discrimination.” The pope called on Catholics to “not cease praying for it or...
  • Board of new Catholic Church professional standards body complete

    The seven-member board of the Catholic Church’s new child and vulnerable person standards setting, auditing and reporting organisation is now fully in place and pushing forward with the development of a major new approach to the way in which the Church ensures everyone who comes in contact with any...
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