Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Toowoomba, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference names new general secretary
Bishop Ken Howell has been appointed as the seventh Bishop of Toowoomba, he succeeds Bishop Robert McGuckin, who has led the Diocese of Toowoomba since 2012.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has also named a new general secretary. Fr Chris de Souza will take on the new role in August.
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Hundreds feared dead after Cyclone Mocha in Myanmar and Bangladesh
Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground in Myanmar and Bangladesh to provide assistance after Cyclone Mocha tore through the locations.
Diverse Faith groups urge Politicians to 'work together across political divides' for Voice Referendum
A powerful coalition of national religious and ethno-religious organisations has sent a joint open letter to all federal parliamentarians, calling on politicians to co-operate across political divides in support of the upcoming Voice referendum.
Fears Türkiye-Syria death toll will double in race against time to rescue trapped survivors
Rescue teams and aid agencies are in a race against time to rescue survivors across Türkiye and Syria. Australians are being urged to support their efforts by donating to Caritas' earthquake appeal.
Caritas agencies respond to catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and war-torn Syria
Caritas Turkey and other Caritas agencies are responding to a series of powerful earthquakes in southeast Turkey (officially known as Türkiye) and Syria, where thousands of lives have been lost already and the death toll increases by the hour.
Church in Australia mourns death of Pope Benedict XVI
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.
Australian bishops back local Advent appeal for Ukrainian people
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.
Storm brewing over Pacific as climate and debt crises collide
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.