It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of our new diocesan magazine, Melbourne Catholic. As we step into this new venture to celebrate our life and mission together as a Catholic community, we heed the call of Pope Francis to reach beyond ourselves in the strength and the joy of the gospel.
We all know only too well that we live in difficult times. Our hearts have gone out to the displaced millions of Syria and the Middle East, and in a special way to our Christian brothers and sisters who under persecution have left their homes … but not their faith. We mourned for those killed in Paris and Beirut and Jakarta. It comes closer to us as security is increased at our sporting venues and large social gatherings. Fear and anxiety are not the ways in which we want to live our lives.