A letter to the People of God in Australia has been prepared to provide an update on the Church’s progress beyond the conclusion of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.
Following a series of surprise attacks against Israel by Hamas on October 7, hundreds of military air strikes have been launched across the Gaza Strip as a form of retaliation by the Israeli government.
Despite the referendum to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Constitution not succeeding, Australia needs to find a way to address the inequalities many First Nations people face, Bishop Charles Gauci has said.
“Strengthening our relationship with our First Peoples is integral and indeed critical to the strengthening of the whole nation.”
As the Church approaches the first session of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops, Australian Catholics are being encouraged to continue their engagement with the global synodal journey through prayer, ongoing discernment and local conversations.
Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Toowoomba, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference names new general secretary
Bishop Ken Howell has been appointed as the seventh Bishop of Toowoomba, he succeeds Bishop Robert McGuckin, who has led the Diocese of Toowoomba since 2012.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has also named a new general secretary. Fr Chris de Souza will take on the new role in August.
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