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
Catch up with the latest news and helpful links to Royal Commission updates, transcripts and more.
24 Feb 2017
ACBC Media Release
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
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
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
D8 commenced with a panel discussion on the professional support and supervision of priests and clergy.
16 Feb 2017
Australian bishops launch guidelines for celebrating the sacraments with people with disability.
15 Feb 2017
Day 7 – Royal Commission
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
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
Statement from Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.
03 Feb 2017
Letter from Archbishop Hart
Archbishop Denis Hart's letter re the final hearing of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse commencing Feb 6.
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
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
One year to go to Australia’s biggest Catholic youth festival in Sydney.
06 Dec 2016
Australian sainthood push
A push to have a second Australian – doctor and humanitarian Sr Mary Glowrey – elevated to sainthood has moved a step forward.
21 Nov 2016
Marking the historic visit
Church celebrates 30th anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s visit to Alice Springs.
06 Sep 2016
Social Justice Statement
'Australia must protect older people who are most vulnerable to hardship and who are at risk of feeling they are a burden on society," – Bishop Tarabay
18 Jul 2016
ACBC monitoring events
In advance of WYD 2016 in Kraków, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is closely following the violent events in France and Turkey.
04 Jul 2016
Archbishop Fisher: 'Same-sex marriage opponents not bigots'.
31 May 2016
Voice for the voiceless
A statement by the Catholic Bishops of Australia on the election.
24 May 2016
Are you an Aussie pilgrim going to WYD2016? Introducing our Xt3 Bible Highlighter Pencil swappables!
10 May 2016
Oz ambassador to Holy See
Melissa HItchman has been appointed as Australia's new ambassador to the Holy See.
04 May 2016
50th World Communications Day
50th World Communications Day
Media release – 4 May 2016
Communicating the Power of Mercy
Celebrating the 50th World Communications Day, the Australian Catholic Media Council is launching a grassroots initiative by inviting each diocese to share local stories about ‘Communication and Mercy’.
This year, Pope Francis has chosen the theme ‘Communication and Mercy’ and invites us all to reflect on this relationship.
29 Apr 2016
Catholics call on Treasurer to save Australian Aid.
18 Apr 2016
Coleridge on Amoris Laetitia
Australian bishop Mark Coleridge says Pope Francis has summoned the Church to accompany people on their journey...
07 Apr 2016
Synod observer interviewed
With the Pope due to release his apostolic exhortation on the family, the E-Record interviews Dr Maria Harries...
03 Mar 2016
Press Statement - Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal George Pell, Hotel Quirinale – Rome, 3 March 2016
STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL GEORGE PELL AFTER MEETING WITH BALLARAT SURVIVORS
I have just met with about a dozen of the Ballarat survivors, support people and officials and heard each of their stories and of their suffering. It was hard; an honest and occasionally emotional meeting.
I am committed to working with these people from Ballarat and surrounding areas. I know many of their families and I know of the goodness of so many people in Catholic Ballarat; a goodness which is not extinguished by the evil that was done.
15 Sep 2015
Laudato Si’ video released
Catholic Earthcare Australia's video released today – Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.
16 Aug 2015
Report on children's safety
'Taking Us Seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns' report being launched today.
15 Jul 2015
The Francis Effect – book II
Three Australian Catholic agencies will jointly release a book that analyses key themes of Pope Francis' new encyclical.
19 Jun 2015
ACBC: Encyclical calls for new dialogue about future of planet
Pope Francis has challenged "every person living on this planet" to enter into a new dialogue toward building a better future in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’, released overnight in Rome, say Australia's Bishops.
In dialogue with all people about our common home, the encyclical challenges us to ask "how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded."