Faith is not in decline around the world. Religious affiliation is growing and faith remains a vital part of the life, culture, thinking and behaviour of individuals in Australia, positively impacting society and culture in many and varied ways.
In introducing Fr Richard Lennan at the Raymond Terrace seminar on Monday, Adult Faith Formation Officer, Vivien Williams, said, "The prodigal son has returned." She was right in terms of the prodigality of Richard’s scholarship, wisdom and generosity. Richard is Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College and a priest of our diocese.
This DonateLife Week (31 July-7 August) Australians will be urged to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online to help end the wait for those in need of a life-saving transplant.
This week's letter comes not from Rome but Asia and Australia.
As most people know, Pope Francis commissioned some one thousand “missionaries of mercy” at the start of the current Holy Year and granted them special faculties to forgive even those sins reserved to the Holy See.