During an address to Australian bishops, Archbishop Gallagher said Pope Francis encouraged the Church in Australia to “hold on to hope and dream of a Church which is responsive to the needs of people, while fulfilling its calling to offer the consolation of the Resurrection and authentic solidarity to those who suffer”.
Remembering the long history that has led to the current violence in the Middle East is the first step to finding a way beyond the violence to a just end of the conflict.
Darwin Bishop Gauci said while the debate leading up to the referendum was “intense and, at times, challenging”, there was an “overwhelming consensus […] that more should be done to address the injustice experienced by so many First Nations people”.
Following the format of the initial response, the new report lists each relevant Royal Commission recommendation, the response that was given in 2018 and a high-level summary of work undertaken in the five years since.
This year’s statement, Listen, Learn, Love: A New Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, was launched in Western Sydney on Thursday morning by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service.
The tour by delegates from the ACBC of war-torn Ukraine at the invitation of Ukrainian Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR took place from 8 to 11 August and was an important opportunity to witness first-hand the human experience of the damage and destruction.
A new document from the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry titled Evangelisation, offers a scriptural and theological reflection on the proclamation of the Gospel through the lenses of encounter, discipleship and mission.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has been appointed one of the Synod’s president-delegates, who take turns presiding over Synod sessions on behalf of the Holy Father.
ACBC President and Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and a member of the Synod’s preparatory commission, said it had been an extraordinary process to get to this point, with Catholics across the world helping shape the working document.
In addition to many parish appointments over the past four decades, Fr de Souza has also served as episcopal vicar for formation, episcopal vicar for education, director of prison chaplains, director of deacons and students, and vice rector of the diocesan seminary.