This is a truly exciting time for the Catholic Church in Australia. The first of two gatherings being held as part of our Plenary Council, the first of its kind in 84 years, commences on Sunday 3 October 2021. The Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of the church across the country and brings together Catholics of many different backgrounds, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern what God is asking of the Church in Australia. At the end of this long period of listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through the voices of the faithful, Australia’s bishops will vote on any future directions for the Church in our country.
In August 2021, the Commonwealth Government released its first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan. The $1bn Implementation Plan provides an overview of the Commonwealth’s existing actions that contribute to Closing the Gap, as well as new investment and areas of future work. It is a whole-of-government plan, developed across the Commonwealth in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners.
As you may have seen in the media, there are a number of humanitarian and natural disaster crises occurring throughout the world. Below is some key information collated from Caritas and Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum for your reference. We encourage you to keep these people in your thoughts and prayers, and find out more about what you can do to help.