Archbishop Peter Andrew Comensoli took his place on Wednesday night in one of the nation’s most influential Catholic pulpits as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne.
Archbishop Comensoli, 54, is a former banker who has led the Diocese of Broken Bay for the past three and a half years. He was officially inaugurated in a liturgy of installation at St Patrick’s Cathedral rich in the symbolism and magisterial ritual of the Church; a ceremony based on more than 1000 years of tradition, solemnity and celebration.
Concelebrants included Melbourne’s Emeritus Archbishop Denis J Hart and Australian Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge, as well as archbishops and bishops from across Australia and clergy from the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Also present was Pope Francis’ representative in Australia, the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana.
Ecumenical guests included leaders from Christian denominations including Greek and Coptic Orthodox, the Anglican, Lutheran, and Uniting Churches, and leaders from the Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities of Melbourne.
Read more about this important event at MelbourneCatholic.org.au
With thanks to the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.