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Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Weekend, 4-5 January 2020

Message from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Weekend, 4-5 January 2020My dear friends,On this first weekend of the New Year, we should be focusing on the joy of families, friends and holidays. Instead for so many, the beginning of 2020 has already been marked with loss, destruction, separation and deep sadness; and it would seem there is more to come.Our skies across Melbourne are filled with the smell and haze of the fires – a steady reminder that our neighbours, so close to us particularly in the Gippsland areas, but also in our bordering States of NSW and South Australia are in...

Letter to the Faithful from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Media and Communications Office  
To the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Melbourne

Dear Friends,

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.” (1Cor 12:26) With these words from St Paul, Pope Francis overnight has written a letter to us all, the People of God. In the letter he expresses his own heart concerning the “culture of death” that is clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up that often has accompanied it, inflicting deep wounds of disgust, bewilderment, shame, and disheartenment. As the Holy Father says:

2018 Pentecost Letter for Youth

Pentecost Sunday, 20 May 2018

My dear young people,
Jesus, the one put to death on the Cross, is alive! At Pentecost, our risen and living Lord sends us his Spirit of joy.
Filled with his Spirit, we know deep in our hearts that we are loved by God. We are empowered to take the risk of faith and to follow Jesus of Nazareth.
The Spirit of Jesus drives us forward.

Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Denis Hart for Lent 2018

February 2018

Dear Friends, 

Lent is a time for ‘Spring cleaning’ in our souls. We move the furniture in our life, take down the curtains, wash the windows and create space by removing what clutters our daily lives. It is not just a matter of getting rid of mess. It is rearranging things, finding ways to create more room, a better space. We see ourselves differently and make more room for God.