Archbishop Denis Hart appointed to the Pontifical Council for Culture

Media Release, 2 April, 2014

Archbishop Denis Hart, ACBC President

Archbishop Denis Hart appointed to Pontifical Council for Culture

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Archbishop Denis Hart to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Established by Pope John Paul II on 20 May 1982, the Pontifical Council for Culture works to establish dialogue between the message of the gospel and the culture of modern times.

The Council seeks to address problems of unbelief and religious indifference, which are seen in modern society.

The Council also touches on other important areas of society: science, the arts, the economy, different mediums of communication, and the value and care of the artistic and historic patrimony of the Church.

Pleased by the appointment, Archbishop Hart said: “I am honoured by this appointment as a further experience of how we can all engage with the modern world, bringing to it the fruit and attractiveness of the Gospel. I will be happy to contribute.”

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, is President of the Pontifical Council.

On 25 March 1993, Pope John Paul II united the Pontifical Council for Culture with the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with non-believers to establish a single dicastery responsible for dialogue with the modern world.

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