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Highlights from the Australian Gathering at World Youth Day 2016

IMG_8987_OpMore than 3,000 young people from across the Australian dioceses and half of the Australian Catholic bishops gathered at Tauron arena on Tuesday 26 July 2016 to celebrate their faith, national identity and the beginning of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

The two-hour gathering was filled with prayer, testimonies from young people, music and catechesis. Bishop Patrick O’Regan preached the homily and Bishop Peter Comensoli delivered a ‘call to action’ to young young. Two young people, Chris Lee from Parramatta diocese and Sr Elizabeth from Port Pirie diocese, gave witness to how they have received God’s mercy in their lives. Their authentic accounts described how we can discover God’s mercy when we show mercy to others, it is through our acts of mercy that God reveals his merciful heart to us. Sr Elizabeth said, ‘I thought by being committed to God, I would simply receive his mercy’.

Bishop Mark Edwards, Australian Bishops Delegate for Youth; Kelly Paget, Diocese of Broken Bay and Sunil Mohanaraj, Archdiocese of Adelaide were the MC’s.

Genevieve Bryant, Fr Rob Galea and the Salvatorians Soul band provided the festival music that had the entire gathering on their feet within seconds. Malcolm Hart, Director of the ACBC Office for Youth, unveiled an invitation to all of the young people to get involved in the the ‘Year of Youth’ 2018.

There was a beautiful period of reflection as the musicians sang a decade of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Watch highlights from the Australian gathering below.

The Australian gathering can be viewed online via a web cast from Xt3.

Australian Catholic Bishops Press Conference in Krakow during World Youth Day

PCDuring World Youth Day this week, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference hosted a press conference to officially launch a ‘Year of Youth’ in 2018.

The Year of Youth will be focused on empowering and local youth ministry teams as well as celebrating the tenth anniversary of World Youth Day 2008.

The press conference was held on Tuesday 26 July at the Mercy Centre in Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland. Australian, Polish, American and Canadian media attended the press conference.

With the support of Xt3, a recording of the press conference is available to view below.

Celebrating 50 years of the Project Compassion box

Caritas Australia logoOver the decades and today, the Project Compassion box is a symbol of hope and generosity. The box is a practical way of helping those in need around the world.

Caritas Australia has produced the short video below to celebrate 50 years of the Project Compassion box. Bishop Terry Brady said, ‘The boxes work for a lot of families’.

Jane Sulis, Outreach Coordinator at Santa Sabina College in Stratfield said, ‘The Project Compassion box is a great example of a lot of people doing a little bit, that then aggrevates to make a big difference’.

‘The PC box has stood the test of time’, Paul O’Callaghan, CEO of Caritas Australia commented. ‘It’s a great example of our Catholic commitment to sharing and being with others.’ Continue reading

Bishop Peter Ingham introduces 47th World Communications Day Kit

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Communications Office has released an eBook and parish resource to coincide with the celebration of the 47th World Communications Day, which takes place in Australia on Sunday, May 5.

In one of his final acts as Pope, Benedict XVI authored the statement “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization”, recognising the gifts of social networking in sharing the message of Christ.

In response to the Holy Father’s message, the Communications Office of the Bishops Conference commissioned 30 Catholic Media Professionals from around Australia to contribute chapters to an eBook entitled “Word Made Flesh and “Shared” Among Us.”

Here, Bishop Peter Ingham introduces the kit and eBook which can be downloaded from the front page of or by clicking the following links:

ePub version of eBook
PDF version of eBook
PDF version of parish resource

Australian Catholic Youth Festival 5-7 December, 2013, Melbourne


To watch the promotional video on the ACYF, click here

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is an event which gathers young people from year 9 to those aged 25 years. It seeks to celebrate the life of young people in the Catholic Church in Australia, providing them with an encounter with the Catholic Church in Australia. A key element of the Festival will be a listening process allowing young people to dialogue with Church leaders and each other about their joys and challenges. To learn more about the Festival visit:

Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention -Registrations close soon!!

The Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention ( will be held in Campbelltown from September 21-23. All those involved in ministry with young people from parishes, communities, movements, religious orders, schools and diocese are invited to attend to be formed and inspired for Catholic youth ministry. visit to register.

Click below to see the promotional video

About the West Africa food crisis

In the midst of the lean season, millions of people across the Sahel, West Africa are now living through what is known as “the hunger period”. More than 18 million peopleare affected by the devastating food and nutrition crisis.

1 million children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate relief. An additional 3 million children are at risk of moderate acute malnutrition.

Poor water resources, rising food prices and empty food stores mean many are eating just one meal a day. According to forecasts, the crisis will be acute until September 2012 in Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon. But, there is no certainty how long this will last! Stories from the ground show the difficult circumstances leading many to rely on humanitarian aid.

To watch a video of the West Africa food crisis, click here


From Beswick – Bolivia; World’s Indigenous Peoples Forum in Sydney

IN a bid to bring vital attention to the plight of the world’s Indigenous Peoples, Caritas Australia is preparing to launch its 2012/13 advocacy campaign – Walk As One: Connecting with the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Connecting Australians with the stories of Indigenous Peoples from Australia and all over the world, Caritas will hold valuable sessions on the big issues at St Aloysius College, Milsons Point in Sydney on the weekend of August 25 and 26:

Here participants will have the chance to take part in a series of workshops and learn about traditional culture from artists and performers including weavers, traditional healers and contemporary dancers. Continue reading

Communicating the Word 2012 – Matthew Tan

Matthew Tan lectures in theology and philosophy at Campion College. He received his doctorate in Political Theology at the Australian Catholic University in 2010. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Body of Christ in Seas of Change: The Relationship Between Ecclesiology, Politics and Practice in the Conditioning of 20th Century Roman Catholic Responses to Violence”. He is currently working on two projects, one on the redemption of cyborgified culture and another linking prayer with the production of ecclesial social sites. He also runs the blog “The Divine Wedgie: Church. Culture. Politics”

Communicating the Word 2012 – Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens is the Religion and Ethics editor for ABC Online. Before joining the ABC he taught theology for many years, and even did a stint as a parish minister with the Uniting Church in Australia. He has written extensively on the intersections among philosophy, theology, ethics and politics, as well as on modern atheism’s dependence on the Christian legacy. Scott is also a regular contributor to The Drum, Eureka Street and the Times Literary Supplement. He has edited and translated (with Rex Butler) two volu of the Selected Works of the highly influential philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek – including The Universal Exception, which was named by The Guardian newspaper one of its “Books of the Year” in 2007.