Monthly Archives: September 2018

Survey Explores Young People’s Hopes and Challenges

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, the Bishops’ Delegate for Youth, says the largest survey of young Catholics ever conducted will further shape the Church’s engagement with young people and help the bishops tackle some of the many challenges young people face in contemporary society. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference last year initiated a survey of people…
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Why Making a Submission to the Plenary Council Matters

Crushing my cynicism about the ability of the Australian Bishops to listen to the people, I accepted the offer to become a local “animator” in my community.  Now I feel that I am constantly bashing my head against a brick wall – people are proving to be mightily resistant to engaging with the Plenary Council,…
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Rosemary Goldie Lecture 2018

On Sunday 9 September, Catalyst for Renewal and The Grail in Australia hosted the 2018 Rosemary Goldie Lecture in Sydney. John Allen Jr., a leading American journalist specialising in Vatican affairs, spoke about Pope Francis' efforts for reform, and the implications for the Australian Church's upcoming Plenary Council. According to Patricia Gemmell,  the lecture was a thoughtful and…
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Pacific News | Palau Creates World First Conservation Pledge

The Republic of Palau in the Western Pacific has created the Palau Pledge, a world-first eco-initiative that asks all inbound visitors to make a compulsory promise, directly to the children of Palau, to preserve their home before they can enter the country. Palau has become the first country to update its immigration policy and landing…
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