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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 July. It was an opportunity to thank the Minister for the Government’s decision to pursue a COVID-19 vaccine, and to affirm that the bishops urge the provision of ethically uncontroversial vaccines. This would encourage the best possible vaccine coverage in our population.

'Forgive. It is the way of God to our hearts' (Homily, 24th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 13 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | Like just about every married couple, my mum and dad had their moments. Usually it was a flare up triggered over something each had said or did without thought or intent. And just about always it was all over pretty quickly. Mum and dad seemed to have absorbed into their married life the Pauline dictum: “Do not let the sun set on your anger.” (Eph 4.26)


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.


Protecting God's Children Parent Resource

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit 

As children’s first and most enduring educators, parents are best placed to begin conversations with their children in an age and developmentally appropriate way. Protecting God’s Children Parent Resource: A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping Their Kids Safe is a protective behaviours resource aimed at supporting Catholic parents of children aged 5-12 years old. The resource helps parents teach children a range of important personal safety skills, supports the development of emotional intelligence skills and promotes a child’s understanding of the right to feel safe through engaging activities and storybooks.