Adelaide First Nations leader John Lochowiak is one of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending an international Catholic gathering in Washington DC, along with indigenous people from the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
Bishop Ken Howell, who has served as Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane since 2017, has been appointed the seventh Bishop of Toowoomba.
Fr Stephen Hackett MSC has been elected provincial superior of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Australia and will conclude his time as general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in July.
The Catholic bishops of Oceania were urged to use their influence to enhance the care of creation at the concluding Mass for their week-long gathering in Fiji last month.
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’.