Recent Addresses and Pastoral Letters

A Letter to the Faithful Regarding Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine A Letter to the Faithful Regarding Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine

A Letter to the Faithful Regarding Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Monday 14 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli A Letter to the Faithful Regarding Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine  Friends, I take this opportunity on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross to share the perspective of the Catholic Church in Australia to development of a vaccine for COVID-19. Many Catholics have sought advice from the bishops about the ethics of a vaccine, which has been discussed widely in Australia in recent weeks. Early in September I met with the Federal Health Minister to discuss vaccines for COVID-19, following a letter I wrote to the Prime Minister in...

Caring for Those Facing Sickness and Death: Statement from Archbishop Comensoli

Friday 11 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Caring for Those Facing Sickness and Death: The seriousness and duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic has worn heavily, and stretched and challenged each and every person. On behalf of the Catholic community of Melbourne, I express my gratitude for the Premier’s confirmation this morning that ministers of religion may visit the sick and the dying in hospitals, care facilities and homes. This is a fundamental obligation of Catholic clergy to people in their time of need, and an expectation not only of our people, but for many who are struggling to be present with their loved-ones in their last days.

 

Jesus is our Guardian (Homily, 23rd Sunday in OT, Father's Day)

Sunday 6 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A): We all know that magpies make for excellent sentries. They are always looking around, checking their surroundings, watching for danger, ensuring their safety, protecting their young. They are the guardians above the neighbourhood, the sentries in our domestic skies. They know how to protect their own, and will do what is necessary to safeguard them. We might hold in our minds this image, as we listen again to the words of the Lord to the Prophet Ezekiel: I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. In the old days, a sentry or watchman was tasked to be the eyes and ears of protection at a city’s gate. They signalled warning to the inhabitants when danger approached, and they were the first line of defence. But not all dangers can be seen or heard, not all are physical in nature. Some dangers – perhaps the worst of them – are more insidious, entering into our minds and hearts, undermining our moral compass and subverting our human dignity.

Read something spiritually nourishing: Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Wednesday 2 September

Communications Office

In his latest video message, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli welcomes the new season of spring as recognition of 'the hope that the Lord has for each one of us.' He also invites everyone to take up the chance to read something new: 'Make it something spiritually nourishing ... something that can bring the Gospel alive in your life.'

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