News from the Commission and around the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
The announcement that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the 266th pope for the Roman Catholic Church has been welcomed by the National Council of Churches in Australia.
Vatican Information Service: 28 February - This afternoon, shortly after 5pm, Benedict XVI left the Vatican for the last time as Supreme Pontiff.
The National Council of Churches in Australia has written to the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity assuring that it will uphold the Roman Catholic Church in prayer following the news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
+ Justin Cantuar: It was with a heavy heart but complete understanding that we learned this morning of Pope Benedict’s declaration of his decision to lay down the burden of ministry as Bishop of Rome.
From Rome Reports and Vatican Radio: Benedict XVI will become the only Pope to see his successor, after announcing he will be stepping down as Pope during a consistory with cardinals, citing a lack of strength due to his age.
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta has launched a dedicated webspace - www.parrayearofgrace.org.au - to celebrate the Year of Grace, which begins on Pentecost 2012 (Sunday 27 May).
Statement of the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Toowoomba.
Vatican Information Service reports on the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue's annual Message to Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh.
Our Lady of the Nativity Lawson Parish has hosted a World Day of Prayer gathering, with more than 70 people from different denominations taking part.
Australian born, Columban Fr Robert McCulloch has been awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam - Pakistan’s highest civilian award for foreign nationals - for "services to health, education and inter-faith relations".