Pope?s delegation in Sydney this week for World Youth Day review

Pope?s delegation in Sydney this week for World Youth Day review

Media Release: 25 September 2006 A three-person Papal delegation will visit Sydney this week to review preparations for World Youth Day in 2008. Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko will lead the delegation from the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL), the body that oversees World Youth Day preparations and promotes the initiative around the world. The delegation arrives in Sydney on Thursday and will spend just over a week visiting potential WYD08 event sites and meeting Australian Catholic leaders, dignitaries and Government officials.

Ordinations - A Multi Cultural Event

ImageOn a bright, sunny morning on Saturday, 16 September, hundreds of people made a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of four men: Eugene Ashkar, John Joel Vergara, Thinh Xuan Nguyen and Justin Ford for the Melbourne Archdiocese. In a sight rarely seen, St Patrick’s was filled to its capacity. The throng of people who gathered in the Cathedral mirrored the diverse composition of our Melbourne Church, with people of all backgrounds coming together to celebrate the occasion.

"Deeply Sorry" says Holy Father

Pope Benedict XVIMedia Release: 18 September 2006

In his first public address since his trip to Bavaria the Holy Father has said he is “deeply sorry” for the harsh reaction to his recent remarks about Islam and invited Muslims to open and honest dialogue.

The Pope said that the offending text in his address at the University of Regensburg was a quotation from a medieval text which did not in any way express his own personal thoughts.

2006 Social Justice Sunday Statement

ImageMedia Release: 15 September 2006

This statement recalls the historic speech by His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders at Alice Springs on 29 November 1986. Its full impact and significance is still being realised, as the nation, the Catholic Church and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to travel the path towards true respect and reconciliation.