This Sunday we’re celebrating the annual Anniversary Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Peter A Comensoli will offer a blessing to couples celebrating milestone anniversaries, including couples who have been married anywhere between five and 60 years. Sunday 22 October is also World Mission Day, so we speak with Fr Trevor Trotter SSC, who is based at the Columban Mission Centre in Essendon and who describes the inspiring work of the Columbans as they seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ around the globe.
ACRATH is an organisation passionately engaged in the fight against human trafficking. They talk with us about their important mission and about some of the big issues in relation to human trafficking right here in Australia.
This week we also hear from Melbourne Catholic teacher and musician Dennis Alberto about his recent pilgrimage to World Youth Day and his love for sharing his faith through music. His band, M22, which includes some of his students, was recently awarded Australian Artist of the Year as part of the 2023 Christian Media and Arts People’s Choice Music Awards!
The Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga is an organisation with an inspiring past and a dynamic, evolving future. We speak with the league’s president Anna Krohn OAM about the creative ways the league is connecting, forming and encouraging women of faith.
This week, we also take a look at Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation, which explores the spiritual legacy of the beloved young saint St Thérèse of Lisieux and what she offers us today. Last Sunday, staff and seminarians at Corpus Christi College heard from Lutheran pastor Tom Pietsch, who delivered the third annual Barry Nunn Memorial Oration, arguing that while the challenges facing Church bodies across the West today ‘are potentially greater than the ones that have divided us in the past’, there are also real opportunities for ecumenism.
As the Synod of Bishops enters its third week, we explore Pope Francis’ patristic ‘reading list’ for all delegates; the discussion on how to celebrate Catholics’ shared mission and the gifts of women continues; Bishop Shane Mackinlay of Sandhurst is named as one of seven members elected by the synod to help draft the synthesis report; and other Australian delegates reflect on why patience is necessary as the synod continues its journey.
Lastly, did you know that Australia boasts the largest Maltese diaspora in the world? The President of Malta visited Melbourne this week and toured St Patrick’s Cathedral with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, spending time at the statue of the popular Maltese priest St George Preca.
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