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A Letter from the Bishops of Victoria regarding COVID-19

Friday 13 March 2020


13 March 2020

Prayerful greetings to the people of God across Victoria,

You would be aware of the precautionary measures underway in light of changes to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following this afternoon’s decision of the governments of Australia, all organised non-essential large gatherings (of 500 or more) are recommended to cease from Monday 16 March. In our circumstances, this includes the celebration of Mass and other liturgies that bring together significantly large numbers.

We believe that this is a good and measured decision, and should be understood as a responsible and precautionary step to protect the most vulnerable amongst us, especially our elderly, the infirm and the very young.

The story behind the story: A conversation with researcher Paola Colleoni

Thursday 12 March 2020

Communications Office
When Paola Colleoni visited St Patrick’s Cathedral for the first time, the first thing she noticed was the amber stained glass windows. “I love the windows; they’re amazing. But did you know that Archbishop Goold was actually not happy about them at the start?” It’s a discovery she made while completing her dissertation on the creative partnership between James Alipius Goold, appointed Melbourne’s first archbishop in 1847, and his architect William Wardell, whom he commissioned in 1858 to build St Patrick’s Cathedral.