Watch Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP’s Christmas message

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has paid tribute to the firefighters risking their lives and sends his promise of prayers to those farmers facing hardship due to the drought in his 2019 Christmas message.

He also reflected on a year when a culture of death rather than life was introduced through the passage of the abortion bill in NSW and the legalisation of euthanasia in Western Australia and Victoria, along with a renewed push to introduce euthanasia laws in Queensland.

Archbishop Fisher also raised concerns about the poor treatment of the elderly in substandard aged care following the damning findings from the Royal Commission, while highlighting the plight of persecuted Christians and detained asylum seekers.

However his overarching message was one of hope, drawing inspiration from the Christmas babe, and encouraging us to share his good news for the year ahead.

“It’s news Christians never tire of telling. It’s what inspires so much good they do in families, parishes, schools, hospitals, welfare, missions,” he said.

“It inspires our efforts to support farmers and all affected by drought. It inspires our brave firefighters and our care for those struggling after personal disaster.

“Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!”