June 24, 2018

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To celebrate St Peter's Parish 100th anniversary, the parish choir together with an orchestra will present Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai

St Peter’s parish celebrates 100th anniversary

This year, St Peter’s Parish celebrates the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church with a series of special events. To mark the occasion, in a grand celebratory Mass at 4 pm on Saturday 30 June, the parish choir together with an orchestra and soloists comprised of friends of the parish will present Haydn’s […]


Confessional seal and child safety “not mutually exclusive”

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge has welcomed the Federal Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, while confirming the Church’s commitment to work to maintain the sacramental seal of confession. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 13 June announced the Federal Government’s response to the 122 of […]


Threat to the seal of confession

The Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse has expressed shock over the passage of a new child protection law which seeks to force priests to break the seal of confession in cases where child abuse is disclosed. The change is an expansion of the ACT’s current reportable conduct scheme to include religious organisations’ […]


Cardinal Bo’s visit to Australia to be the first by a Burmese cardinal

Outspoken human rights advocate Cardinal Charles Maung Bo will be the first Burmese cardinal to visit Australia when he tours Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from 9 June. His country’s first and only cardinal, Cardinal Bo, will be a guest of Catholic Mission for its major 2018 fundraising appeal to provide funds for education programs in […]


Adelaide’s vicar general will keep archdiocese “moving forward”

Adelaide vicar general Fr Philip Marshall will take responsibility for the Adelaide archdiocese following the standing down of Archbishop Philip Wilson from his duties. Archbishop Wilson stood down on 25 May upon his conviction for concealment of historical child sexual abuse. Fr Marshall said one of his first priorities would be to “ensure we continue […]


Archbishop Fisher offers encouragement to young pro-lifers

As a controversial bill about abortion clinic exclusion zones was being debated in the NSW Upper House this week Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP stopped by to offer a word of encouragement to young people opposing its passage. Labor MP Penny Sharp and Nationals MP Trevor Khan co-sponsored the ‘safe access zones’ bill saying it was […]

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Religious freedoms bill introduced to NSW Parliament

The Christian Democratic Party has introduced a bill to the NSW Legislative Council to bolster protections of religious freedom. Party leader Rev Fred Nile MLC said on 24 May that the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms) Bill 2018 is “one of the most important bills that I have introduced into parliament”. “Overseas, people of faith continue […]

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Archbishop Coleridge elected president of ACBC

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has today elected Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane as president of the Conference. Archbishop Coleridge was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 2002 and later became Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn. Since 2012, he has served as Archbishop of Brisbane. “With few illusions about myself or the task that awaits, I humbly […]

Cardinal George Pell is pictured at the Vatican in this August 2014 file photo. PHOTO: CNS/Robert Duncan

Cardinal Pell’s legal team will accept public donations

Cardinal George Pell will face separate trials in his fight against historical sexual assault charges. The Cardinal, who has pleaded not guilty, is due to return to the County Court in Melbourne on Wednesday, 16 May for a further directions hearing when it is expected a date for the first trial will be determined. Half […]


A day of happiness for refugee families in Fairfield

A family fun day for refugee families from Syria and Iraq was organised by Milan Maksimovic and his wife Hilda, with over 40 volunteers helping out, on Saturday 14 April in Fairfield. Hampers and gifts were given to around 200 refugees from Syria and Iraq. “It was a real joy to share a meal with […]


Walking in the footsteps of Christ

For many school teachers the holidays are a chance to unwind and relax but for Charbel Doumit it is a time to embark on a trip that he is sure will “change his life”. The Mathematics and Assistant Religious Education Coordinator at Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield is one of 30 teachers from Sydney Catholic Schools […]