Australian Catholic Bishops Offer Condolences on death of Phillip Hughes

Media statement during Australian Catholic Bishops plenary meeting | 27 November 2014

dreamstime_m_16083896The Australian Catholic Bishops, gathered at the tomb of Mary MacKillop for their biannual plenary meeting in Sydney, are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

We have prayed for the young Australian cricketer and for the extended Hughes family, cricket colleagues and friends.

Our thoughts also go out to NSW paceman Sean Abbott. We are aware of his trauma and assure him of our prayerful support and that of the Catholic community.

The death of Phillip Hughes, a talented 25-year-old cricketer, reminds us that life is at once precious and fragile.

Day of Solidarity with Christians of the Middle East

Media release during Australian Catholic Bishops plenary meeting | 27 November 2014

Day of SolidaritySunday 7 December 2014 has been designated a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

The Australian Bishops received a letter of request from the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the Middle Eastern Apostolic Churches in Australia and New Zealand seeking the support of the Australian Catholics.

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ACU confers ‘Doctor of the University’ on Archbishop Mamberti

Media release from the Australian Catholic University | 24 November 2014

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference joined with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) on Monday 24 November to celebrate the conferring of a ‘Doctor of the University’ (honoris causa), on Archbishop Mamberti. 

The gathering also marked the Centenary of Papal Representation in Australia. The Vatican’s foreign minister Archbishop Dominique Mamberti and the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia Archbishop Paul Gallagher, former Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See Anne Leahy, and Archbishop Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, were among the dignitaries commemorating the event with ACU Chancellor John Fahey, Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, and members of the ACU Senate, Chapter and staff, as well as representatives of Catholic health, education and social services groups.

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ACU Chancellor John Fahey confers Doctor of the University (honoris causa) on Archbishop Mamberti.

Address by Archbishop Mamberti (PDF 2MB)

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The Promise of Technology: Connecting with each other

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability, this article was first published in December edition of Aurora, a Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle publication 

By Trish Mowbray, ACBC Disability Projects Officer

Trish Mowbray, ACBC Disability Projects Officer

Trish Mowbray, ACBC Disability Projects Officer

Over the last couple of years, I have had the pleasure of meeting people with disability and their families through various forms of information and communications technology.

Sheira May, who lives in a developing country, contacted me via my work Facebook page when her son with Down syndrome was diagnosed with heart problems.

Fr Simon, from Pakistan, contacted me in the same way. Fr Simon runs a school for children and young adults with disability. Both Sheira and Fr Simon were reaching out for relationship and support. Continue reading

Elimination of Violence against Women

20 November 2014 | Statement by the Australian Catholic Bishops

Jesus treated women with openness, respect, acceptance and tenderness.

In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Tuesday 25 November 2014, the Australian Catholic Bishops ask all to focus on the message of Jesus Christ and his relationship with women, always one of dignity and respect.

Referring to the ‘Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus Report’ (1999) on the Participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia, the Australian Catholic Bishops quote Pope St John Paul II who wrote: “Transcending the established norms of this own culture, Jesus treated women with openness, respect, acceptance and tenderness.”

Violence against women has no place in our society, the Australian Catholic Bishops stress.

“Our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.”

The United Nations’ Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines violence against women as any act of “gender-based violence” that results in “harm to women”.

According to the UN, globally, up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006) reports that in a 12-month period, between five and ten per cent of Australian women experienced at least one incident of abusive violence.

The reasons for violence are complex and we all have a part to play in reducing violence against women. Some practical ways that you can show your support for this issue include:

  • Listening to women and learning from women
  • Learning about the issue of domestic violence
  • Challenging language that degrades women
  • Learning to identify and oppose gender harassment and violence in your community
  • Supporting local women’s programs
  • Examining how your own attitudes and behaviour might contribute to the problem

As Pope Francis notes and the Australian Catholic Bishops reiterate: “Doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights. Even so, we constantly witness among them impressive examples of daily heroism in defending and protecting their vulnerable families.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 212)

For media queries, please contact Aoife Connors on 0450 348 597 | media@catholic.org.au

Resources:

United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

White Ribbon Day:  http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

Social Justice Statement 2010 – Violence in Australia: A Message of Peace

http://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/social-networking-protocol/publications-1/1024-2010-social-justice-sunday-statement-1/file

Social Justice Statement 2000 – Woman and Man: The Bishops Respond

http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/files/SJSandresources/2000-SJSS-Statement.pdf

Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus: A Report on the Participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia (1999) http://opw.catholic.org.au/woman-and-man/woman-and-man-resources.html

Catholic Social Services Submission to the Second Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022

http://www.cssa.org.au/storage/CSSA%20Submission%202nd%20Action%20Plan%20-%20Final.pdf

Bishop Comensoli appointed third Bishop of Broken Bay

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Peter Andrew Comensoli as the third Bishop of Broken Bay on 20 November 2014.

Bishop Peter Comensoli appointed third Bishop of Broken Bay

Over the past nine months, Bishop Comensoli served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney while the position of Archbishop was vacant from 27 February until 12 November 2014.

Currently, Bishop Comensoli is a member of the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry and Bishops Commission for Evangelisation.

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Announcing the Gospel

18 November 2014 | Broken Bay Institute eConferencing delivers the Good News

G+_AdultEdu Pope Francis has tweeted that “The Church is ever on a journey, seeking new ways to announce the Gospel.” [8 November 2014]

The BBI-ACBC eConferences have played their part by delivering the Good News via the world wide web for free across the country and abroad, every year.

Now, the much anticipated DVD of the 10th eConference on Pope Francis: Modelling the Ministry of St Peter is available and BBI is encouraging all Catholics to give and receive the gift of knowledge this Christmas with a selection of adult faith resources.

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Ninth Archbishop of Sydney Installed

Media Release | 13 November 2014

Ninth Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

Ninth Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney during a solemn Mass of Installation at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on 12 November 2014.

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart concelebrated the Mass with archbishops and bishops from overseas, priests of the Archdiocese of Sydney and of other dioceses and religious congregations.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher DD, read out in latin the Papal Bull appointing the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP DD Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney. Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Mgr John Usher, read out the English translation of the Papal Bull. Continue reading

Backwards, Forwards or Sideways

Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Women’s Commission Annual Open Day for 2014

By Donella Johnston, Director of the ACBC National Office for the Participation of Women

Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Report “Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus”

Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Report “Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus”

“Have you noticed the vitality and strength of those Church entities where women exercise leadership and diversity is valued?” (Sandie Cornish in The Francis Effect: Living the Joy of the Gospel 2013: p. 23).

On Saturday 25 October, the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Women’s Commission held its Annual Open Day for 2014. The theme for the day was Backwards, Forwards or Sideways: What Progress for Women in the Church? Continue reading

Reaching Out

Bishop Peter Ingham takes up Pope Francis’ call in South West Sydney as new evangelising ministry is announced

11 November 2014 | Media release from the Diocese of Wollongong

The Catholic Guy Impact Communities (TCGIC) includes: weekly prayer, worship events, formation and hospitality.

The Catholic Guy Impact Communities (TCGIC) includes: weekly prayer, worship events, formation and hospitality.

Taking inspiration from Pope Francis’ call for the Catholic Church to reach out in new and radical ways, Bishop Peter Ingham has announced a bold initiative in South West Sydney (part of the Diocese of Wollongong), to reach out to those in the community who are disconnected from church and faith, with a particular focus on Catholics who have stopped attending Church.

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