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Statement regarding Catholic Church Insurance Ltd run-off

A joint statement from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Father Peter Jones OSA, President, Catholic Religious Australia.

Following today’s announcement that Catholic Church Insurance is voluntarily being placed in a run-off situation, we restate our commitment to responding with justice and compassion to victims and survivors of abuse in Catholic settings – as we have sought to do for many years.

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New guide supports local reflection on Plenary Council outcomes

Catholic communities across the country are being invited to consider how the outcomes of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia can be integrated into local contexts with the help of a new study guide.

Dozens of decisions were made during the second assembly of the Plenary Council last year, contained in 10 decrees. While those decrees are awaiting recognitio from the Dicastery for Bishops before they can be promulgated, some initial reflection and planning can be carried out for their implementation.

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Fr Chris de Souza named general secretary of Bishops Conference

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has appointed Fr Chris de Souza, currently serving as one of two vicars general in the Diocese of Parramatta, as its new general secretary.

Born in Sri Lanka, Fr de Souza moved to Sydney at a young age. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 for the Archdiocese of Sydney, and has ministered in the Diocese of Parramatta since it was erected in 1986.

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Bishop Ken Howell appointed seventh Bishop of Toowoomba

Bishop Ken Howell, left, will replace Bishop Bob McGuckin as the Bishop of Toowoomba (Photo: The Catholic Leader)

Pope Francis has this evening appointed Bishop Ken Howell, who has served as Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane since 2017, the seventh Bishop of Toowoomba.

Bishop Howell will succeed Bishop Robert McGuckin, who has led the Diocese of Toowoomba since 2012, whose resignation Pope Francis has accepted.

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Thousands of pilgrims counting down to World Youth Day

World Youth Day coordinators gathered in Sydney recently as preparations ramp up for the August gathering in Lisbon, Portugal

More than 3000 Australian pilgrims will travel to Portugal for World Youth Day 2023, making it one of the largest Australian contingents to attend the gathering in its history.

A group of 25 World Youth Day pilgrimage coordinators gathered in Sydney – or joined the meeting online – earlier this month for the final preparation day before the August 1-6 celebrations.

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Bishops issue statement on Indigenous Voice to Parliament

As a vote on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament nears, Australia’s bishops have encouraged Catholics to read and discuss the Uluru Statement from the Heart – the document from which the Voice proposal emerged.

During their plenary meeting in Sydney this week, the bishops considered how they might assist Catholics in preparing for the referendum to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, with a vote due in the second half of 2023.

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Church leaders engage with First Nations culture

NATSICC chair John Lochowiak leads a smoking ceremony during the joint meeting of bishops and leaders of religious institutes

Australia’s bishops and leaders of more than 30 religious institutes gathered in North Sydney on Saturday to pray together, reflect on their ministry and discuss issues of mutual relevance.

Each year, the Church leaders meet during the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s May plenary meeting for a half-day.

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Website launched, book published for Catholic enquirers

The National Centre for Evangelisation has launched a new website and a companion book to help answer the questions people commonly ask when they are considering becoming Catholic.

Becoming Catholic, which can be found at, provides introductory information on God, including Jesus and the Trinity, explores the birth of the Church and covers other key topics like Mary, the Bible, the saints and sacraments.

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Maronite Eparchy welcomes bishops during jubilee year

Photo: The Maronite Eparchy of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania/Snapix

More than 30 bishops concelebrated Mass at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral on Sunday, taking part in ongoing celebrations for the 50th jubilee of the Maronite Eparchy in Australia.

Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay was the principal celebrant for the Divine Liturgy, which was celebrated according to the Maronite Rite. He said the Maronite community was “privileged” to welcome the bishops, who are in Sydney for the biannual plenary meeting, during the jubilee year.

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Statement regarding Catholic Church Insurance Ltd

A joint statement from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Father Peter Jones OSA, President, Catholic Religious Australia

In light of the recent announcement from Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), the Catholic Church in Australia wishes to assure both the Catholic and wider community that it remains fully committed to continuing to engage with survivors of abuse to meet all our legal obligations. We will do this according to the principles of justice and compassion.

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Youth Festival will conclude Jubilee Year celebrations in 2025

Australia’s premier gathering for young Catholics, the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, will now conclude the Church’s celebration of the international Jubilee Year in December 2025.

At the November 2022 plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Archdiocese of Melbourne was selected as the host city for the next Festival.

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St Joseph the Worker message urges action against sexual harassment

In a message for the feast of St Joseph the Worker, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv has called for the Church’s workplaces to be “characterised by respect and freedom, by mutual esteem and kindness”.

Each year, the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service releases a message for the feast day, which falls on May 1.

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