Catholics encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccine

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Catholics in Australia are being encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, with the relevant Bishops Commission saying it is morally permissible to accept any vaccine. In a document published today, the Bishops Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement acknowledges that there are ethical concerns about the way some of the vaccines have been developed or tested. That includes the use of cell lines derived from an abortion in the 1970s.

 Catholics in Australia encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccine.pdf
 FAQs and Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccination.pdf


05 Mar 2021

Catholic women invited to national consultation


Catholic women are being invited to participate in a national consultation with two bishops later this month and to mark their diaries for a national gathering in September.

The national consultation, which will take place on March 27 via Zoom, invites women to articulate and celebrate their contribution to and vision for the mission of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Bishop Michael Morrissey, the Bishop Delegate for Women, said he is looking forward to hearing from Catholic women from across the country.

26 Feb 2019

ACBC statement on High Court decision


Statement form Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

24 Feb 2019

Homily of Archbishop Mark Coleridge at Sala Regia

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge delivered the homily at the final Mass of the Vatican Summit on the Protection of Minors.

17 Dec 2018

ACBC & CRA joint statement


Catholic Bishops and Catholic Religious Australia's report outlines Church's progress since Royal Commission ended.

22 Oct 2018

Today's national apology

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A message from Bishop O'Kelly SJ on the national child sex abuse apology.

19 Oct 2018

Catholic Mission Month

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’Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth’ – Pope Francis' World Mission Day message.

17 Oct 2018

10K voices and climbing


Momentum is building as Church reaches midway point of Open Listening and Dialogue phase of preparations for Plenary Council 2020.

31 Aug 2018

Royal Commission response


'The Catholic Church has learned, is changing and will keep changing' – Catholic leaders.

13 Jul 2018

Plenary Council song launched

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The song, Listen, was composed and performed by Brisbane singer/songwriter Peter Pellicaan.

01 Jul 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

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Bishop Saunders of Broome explains that the experiences of many Indigenous women are captured in the iconic Marian image of the Pieta...

29 Jun 2018

New Archbishop for Melb.

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Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Broken Bay, Peter A. Comensoli, as the new Archbishop of Melbourne.

18 May 2018

Plenary Council 2020

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Adelaide will host opening Plenary Council session in October 2020.

19 Mar 2018

Green light for Plenary


Pope Francis backs decision to hold Plenary Council in Australia

16 Feb 2018

Media Release


Australian bishops’ submission to the Religious Freedom Review.

08 Jan 2018

'A remarkable story'


New Vatican publication highlights Indigenous art, culture.

15 Dec 2017

Statement from Vicar General

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Statement from Fr Philip Marshall on the release of the Royal Commission final report.

11 Dec 2017

ACYF17 – it's a wrap

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Perth announced as next ACYF venue as thousands flock to Mass in The Domain December 9, 2017.

05 Dec 2017

ACYF 2017


An estimated 19,000 young Catholics will converge upon Sydney for ACYF’s three-day national celebration – December 7-9.

27 Nov 2017

Advent Calendar app

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New app contains a variety of videos, meditations and podcasts for the Christmas season.

14 Nov 2017

ACYF video game

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'The Adventures of Saint John Paul the Great' will get its official launch at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival next month.

17 Oct 2017

ACYF 2017


More than 15,000 Catholic youth from around the nation are expected to flock to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney.

03 Oct 2017

Month of prayer and fasting

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Parishes and communities around Australia are being asked to dedicate the month of October to marriage and families.

21 Sep 2017

Letters on same-sex marriage


"...We must continue to exercise our right to speak our views publically as free citizens, but we should not adopt any means that creates disrespect..." Bishop O'Kelly.

19 Sep 2017

Pope, Marriage and Plebiscite


Bishops Conference's brochure provides an overview of Pope Francis’ teaching on marriage and the family for you to reflect upon.

29 Jun 2017

Plenary Council appointments

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Committee will work closely with the Bishops Commission to ensure the successful preparation, celebration and implementation of the Plenary Council 2020.

08 Jun 2017

ACYF17 update

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Find out the latest information about the Australian Catholic Youth Festival being held in Sydney December 7-9.

01 Jun 2017

Pope wants to hear from youth

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Pope asks young people of the world to take part in an online survey to share their experiences, concerns and ideas regarding the Catholic Church.

24 May 2017

ACYF 2017 News


International Catholic megastar confirmed for Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

10 May 2017

ACYF Sydney 2017


Registration opens online for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney from December 7-9.

30 Mar 2017

Plight of Christians highlighted

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Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, Catholic bishops have told a Parliamentary inquiry.

07 Mar 2017

ACYF 2017


Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017 – what, where, when, want to get involved? Here are the details.

01 Mar 2017

Bishop Long's Lenten message

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'... we have betrayed your trust. And so it is time for us to come home to the heart of the Gospel...' – Bishop Long

27 Feb 2017

Day 14 – Royal Commission


The Archbishops returned for the final day in the three-week hearing.

27 Feb 2017

Day 13 – Royal Commission


Day 13 commenced with a panel discussion on the work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors which advises the Pope directly.

24 Feb 2017

TJHC e-newsletter


Catch up with the latest news and helpful links to Royal Commission updates, transcripts and more.

24 Feb 2017

ACBC Media Release

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Statement from Archbishop Hart, President, Aust. Catholic Bishops Conf. at the conclusion of case study 50 of the Royal Commission.

23 Feb 2017

Day 12 – Royal Commission

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D12 hearing heard from members of various religious institutes in Australia.

22 Feb 2017

Day 11 – Royal Commission


D11 hearing's was attended by bishops with responsibility for various dioceses and regional archdioceses.

21 Feb 2017

Day 10 - Royal Commission

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D10 looked at issues related to the operation and establishment of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.

17 Feb 2017

Day 9 – Royal Commission


D9 – Panel discussion looked at issues in Catholic Education.

16 Feb 2017

Day 8 – Royal Commission

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D8 commenced with a panel discussion on the professional support and supervision of priests and clergy.

16 Feb 2017

New guidelines


Australian bishops launch guidelines for celebrating the sacraments with people with disability.

15 Feb 2017

Day 7 – Royal Commission

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D7 focused on initial formation of clergy and religious and the professional support and supervision of working priests and religious.

14 Feb 2017

Day 6 – Royal Commission


D6 started with a panel examination of the processes of priestly formation within the Catholic Church both historically and currently.

13 Feb 2017

Day 5 – Royal Commission


D5 started with hearing evidence from Ms Teresa Devlin, CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

10 Feb 2017

Day 4 – Royal Commission

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Summary of day four of the Royal Commission's 50th case study.

09 Feb 2017

Day 3 – Royal Commission


D3 discussed structural and cultural issues, including accountability and transparency

08 Feb 2017

Day 2 – Royal Commission


Summary from the Truth Justice and Healing Council on Day 2 of the Royal Commission's "Catholic wrap-up".

07 Feb 2017

TJHC address to Commission

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Statement from Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

20 Jan 2017

Catholic Bishops media release


Politicians should respect the right of people of faith to hold a different view on marriage.

18 Jan 2017

A personal testimony


Julie Morgan believes bringing in legislation that allows a group of experts to determine who can ''legally'' die is a retrograde move. 

20 Dec 2016

Year of Youth 2018

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The Year of Youth celebrates 10 years since World Youth Day was hosted in Sydney during 2008. It will focus on the theme, ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’. The emphasis is on local discussion and dialogue in parishes, schools, youth groups and dioceses.

09 Dec 2016

Catholic Youth Festival 2017

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One year to go to Australia’s biggest Catholic youth festival in Sydney.

06 Dec 2016

Australian sainthood push

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A push to have a second Australian – doctor and humanita­rian Sr Mary Glowrey – elevated to sainthood has moved a step forward.

04 Jul 2016

Marriage plebiscite

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Archbishop Fisher: 'Same-sex marriage opponents not bigots'.

15 Sep 2015

Laudato Si’ video released

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Catholic Earthcare Australia's video released today – Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.