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  • Migrant Chaplaincy

    In Australia, we are a church of migrants. Apart from our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, all people in this country have a migrant history, either voluntary, forcibly, or to escape impossible conditions in their homeland. We are a country made up of people from all over the world. For...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Feast day highlights realities of modern slavery

    The Catholic Church in Australia and around the world will recommit to fighting slavery and human trafficking in the coming days as it celebrates the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Pope Francis, who has continued the papal tradition of clear denunciation of human trafficking and slavery, has designated February...
  • Pope Francis: find good readers for Mass

    On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and the resulting importance of having lectors who can proclaim the readings and the Responsorial Psalm well. “We must look for good readers!” he said Jan. 31, in off-the-cuff comments during the general audience. Good...
  • Pope Francis marries airline employees on papal plane

    ON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (By Ines San Martin) – There’s never a dull moment with the whirlwind that is Pope Francis, who has many times been labeled the pope of firsts: On board the Airbus 321 going from Santiago to the northern city of Iquique in Chile, he married...
  • Appointment of National Director at ACN Australia

    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is pleased to announce that Mr Bernard Toutounji has been appointed as the new National Director. Bernard replaces Mr Phillip Collignon, who retired from the role after 27 years of very successful leadership. Founded by Fr Werenfried van Straaten in 1947, ACN...
  • First Tasmanian Benedictine Monastery

    They say this is one of the hottest Novembers (November 2017) in (recorded) Tasmanian history. One thing is sure: hearts surely were ablaze in Colebrook on the feast of Our Lady’s Presentation, 21 November 2017. The event was the first ever Benedictine monastic clothing in Tasmania. Our four young...
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