Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB made history this week when he was elected the new President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
He is the first president of the Bishops Conference from Western Australia and, as a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, the first member of a religious order to be elected president.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said no one political party fully embodies Catholic social teaching, offering an election statement to encourage Catholics and people of good will to reflect on the good they can do for their community by using their vote for the good of all.
The Catholic Church has welcomed Australian Government support for international efforts to amend intellectual property rights to ensure more people can access life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.
Governance and Structure were raised to the forefront of Church discussion in the findings of the Royal Commission (2017), and both are now key agenda items on the upcoming fifth Plenary Council of Australia in October 2021.
The Year of Saint Joseph will be a crucial motivator for participants of the 2021 Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering, which will be launched nationally online from 31 July.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) has last week provided the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government.