National News

Prayer resources for parishes

Thursday 9 January 2020

 In an official statement released by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge commended the heroic efforts of firefighters and the resilience of affected communities. He also acknowledged that many may be feeling a sense of helplessness in the face of this growing tragedy. "Prayerful support of our neighbours is an integral part of our response. ... A genuinely Catholic response to a crisis of this magnitude must draw strength from prayer which inspires concrete and compassionate action."

Australian Catholic leaders back ‘pontifical secret’ clarification

Wednesday 18 December 2019

The presidents of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to remove the application of the pontifical secret in all cases of child sexual abuse, noting that its existence hasn’t stopped Catholic leaders from reporting abuse to civil authorities in Australia.