When Pope Francis was elected as the leader of the Catholic Church, there would have been many questions as to the kind of Pontiff he would be. It didn’t take long for him to make it well known across the world that he had strongly held views on a range of matters that were confronting the Church and the world.
The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have enjoyed a week of celebrations as they joined with over 600 schools across the other 10 dioceses in NSW to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
This week, in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week where our schools showcase their work and achievements to their respective communities. They join more than 600 other Catholic schools across NSW and the ACT in this expression of what Catholic schools are called to be.
On a recent trip to Canberra I spent some time at the Australian War Memorial. When last I visited Canberra in 2014 I had intended to view the newly refurbished World War I section that was to open in time for the centenary of the beginning of The War to End All Wars.
At the 2015 Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Adelaide, Bishop Greg O’Kelly, Bishop of Port Pirie, spoke to the 3500 young people attending and told them of his role as a representative of the Australian Bishops on the Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development which includes Caritas, the Church’s welfare activity throughout the world.
Last Tuesday night’s Called to Serve Mass was again a very joyous and uplifting celebration as the staff of Catholic schools across the diocese joined with Bishop Bill and many priests in the celebration of the Eucharist.