The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia and the global Synod on Synodality were key discussion points for Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and Pope Francis when they met recently.
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’.
Archbishop Charles Balvo has arrived as Pope Francis’ ambassador to Australia in what the 70 year old believes will be his final assignment after having already served 35 years in the Vatican’s diplomatic service.
Australia’s Catholic bishops have reiterated their call for an increase in the intake of refugees as they urge voters to demand “a better kind of politics”.
Catholics across the country are being invited to participate in a new prayer pilgrimage as the Church journeys towards the second assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.
South Australian Catholics will have more time to contribute to the consultation process for the global Synod of Bishops after the deadline was extended by two weeks to March 13.