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August 2016

In this month of August we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, our Mother and Mother of the Church.

Many of us, since we were children, have prayed the Hail Mary almost effortlessly: it is so much a part of our Catholic way of life. As adult disciples we need to continue to grow in our relationship with the Mother of Jesus.

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July 2016

July is a month of special memory for Catholics in Melbourne. Three hundred young people from Victoria will join Pope Francis in Krakow from 25 to 31 July, having made a pilgrimage journey on their way to Jesus Christ.

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June 2016

One of the joys of my ministry as Archbishop is visiting our parishes. It is always so consoling to be reminded of how central parishes are to the flourishing of faith, community and mission for our lives.

Of course, we older Catholics who been around for a while very much understand our debt to the parish in our lives. We have been deeply formed by the nurturing experiences of our early years—when in the parish we were initiated into the Sacraments and the family of God.

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May 2016

Recent attacks like the ones in Brussels and Lahore can increase a climate of suspicion in our society. They can create fear, resentment and alienation, which in turn make us more protective of ourselves and less open to outsiders, particularly those who seek safety and protection at our doors. 

This has been true of our nation’s response to threats of terrorism. While Australia prides itself on being a diverse, multicultural, inclusive and generous nation, it has increasingly displayed symptoms of what Pope Francis calls a ‘throwaway culture’ in respect of those who come to seek shelter from harm. These symptoms are attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalisation. They are also shown in punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum are being subjected. As disciples of Jesus, we are committed to building a better, a more humane, welcoming and inclusive society, not by giving in to fear and suspicion, but by fostering a culture of encounter, respect and acceptance.


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April 2016

Recently, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we celebrated a prayer vigil of 24 Hours for the Lord in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

It was wonderful that so many Archdiocesan groups prayed holy hours during the vigil before the Blessed Sacrament. Numerous people prayed for mercy for refugees, the sick and aged and all those in need of compassion.

It was particularly inspiring to see our own Missionaries of Charity from Fitzroy pray a special holy hour, asking the Lord for the canonisation of their Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Mother Teresa was one of us and a very human follower of Jesus. Today, accounts of her fragile humanity and struggles sometimes surprise people. A while back, commentators expressed shock at the ‘revelation’ a holy person like Mother Teresa experienced darkness, doubts and trials in her faith journey.

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