Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli is the new Archbishop of Melbourne

Pope Francis has last Friday appointed Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli as the new Archbishop of Melbourne, with effect from 1 August, when he will be installed in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photo: Supplied.

Pope Francis has last Friday appointed Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli as the new Archbishop of Melbourne, with effect from August 1, when he will be installed in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Archbishop-elect Comensoli was ordained priest for the Diocese of Wollongong and served as Auxiliary Bishop and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney before being appointed to Broken Bay in December 2014.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Mark

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Pope at Pallium Mass: Jesus wants disciples unafraid to aid others

New cardinals and archbishops are seen as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the feast of Sts Peter and Paul in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 29 June. At the conclusion of the Mass, Pope Francis presented palliums in boxes to dozens of new archbishops from around the world. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring.

By Carol Glatz
God wants his disciples to bring his mercy and love to everyone, everywhere on earth, which means it may cost them their “good name,” comfort and their life, Pope Francis said on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul.
Following Christ requires “that we open our hearts

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp flick sends message about ends not justifying means

Paul Rudd stars in a scene from the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp. Photo: Marvel Studios/CNS.

By Mark Pattison
What’s noticeably lacking is any exposition or guidance for those not already familiar with the characters and their relationships from 2015’s Ant-Man and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
While the film can still be enjoyed on its own, newcomers will feel somewhat left out as a result.
One example of the potential confusion awaiting novices is the fact that, when we first encounter Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd, who also co-wrote the script), he is approaching the end of a two-year sentence of house

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Southern Plus open day brings community awareness on respite care

Tony Quinlan Respite Centre offers a broad program of activities including for clients with dementia and special needs. Photo: Josh Low.

Perth communities have recently gathered in the suburb of Hilton to learn about the benefits of respite care and to see firsthand the activities that respite clients can enjoy while at the centre.
The open day on 10 May, hosted by Southern Plus’ Tony Quinlan Respite Centre, is a wellness service that provides support to carers to have a break from their usual care responsibilities.
Attendees were treated with a number of interactive activities including pet therapy, games, music, a dance therapy

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NATIONAL: ‘Children are immensely precious to God’, says theologian

Rev James McEvoy is a senior lecturer in systematic theology at ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, and is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. Photo: Supplied.

A leading expert on the theology of childhood has told a meeting in Adelaide that in order to develop and advance appropriate cultures for the care of children, the Church must better understand children as competent and accomplished beings.
James McEvoy, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University and a priest of the Adelaide Archdiocese, was part of the Adelaide Catholic Professional Standards Ltd consultation meeting

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Catholics remember, mourn victims killed in Maryland newspaper shooting

A police car blocks the road in front of the Capital Gazette newspaper on 29 June, a day after a gunman opened fire at the Annapolis newsroom. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters.

By George Matysek and Emily Rosenthal
While Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore offered prayers and support for the families and loved ones of five people murdered on 28 June at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, a former long-time sports editor for the newspaper mourned his friends as “exceptional journalists who also were good human beings”.
A 38-year-old gunman using a shotgun blasted his way into the newsroom in what

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Spirit of welcome imbues 2018 Sea Sunday celebration

Deacon Patrick Moore is Chaplain for the Stella Maris Seafarers Centre for the Archdiocese of Perth. Catholic chaplains and managers who work in Australian ports are being reminded of the scriptural imperative to “always welcome a stranger” as part of Sea Sunday this weekend. Photo: The Record.

Dozens of Catholic chaplains and managers who work in Australian ports – and the tens of thousands of people who support their work financially – are being reminded of the scriptural imperative to “always welcome a stranger” as part of Sea Sunday this weekend.
On 8 July, the Catholic Church will celebrate the work of

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