On Wednesday night, members of our faith community gathered in Sacred Heart Cathedral to farewell Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The concelebrated mass was an opportunity to mourn, commemorate and celebrate his eternal life.
A Requiem Mass for the Repose of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will also be hosted in St Peter’s Square tonight from 7.30pm AEDT. It will be presided over by Pope Francis. You can watch a livestream of this on the Vatican News Facebook page, website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/vaticannews). You'll also be able to view it on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference page. The livestream will be available from 6.40pm.
The country’s bishops are encouraging Catholics to respond to the call from the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia to provide financial support to people in the war-torn nation as winter arrives.
The Pacific region is currently facing a perfect storm of climate change induced disasters and skyrocketing debt burdens. The Pacific Islands region is at the frontline of global climate change, and our neighbours across the region are facing rising sea levels, and more frequent and extreme weather events than ever before.
Caritas Australia’s partners are responding to the devastating floods in Pakistan that have left a trail of destruction across the country, claiming the lives of more than 1,100 people.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II, after a long reign marked by extraordinary constancy, fidelity,
courage and service, will bring great sadness to many people in Australia, including members of
the Catholic community.
Catholics in Australia have expressed a strong need for a Church that is missionary and a Eucharistic community that is inclusive, the national synthesis for the global Synod on Synodality reveals.
Australia’s bishops have used their annual social justice statement to condemn the scourge of domestic and family violence, saying relationships must be “marked by respect and freedom rather than coercion and control”.