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Townsville pastor Bishop Ray Benjamin dies

Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin

TOWNSVILLE’S fourth bishop has died, aged 91. Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin, who served as the fourth bishop of Townsville between 1984 and 2000, is mourned by Catholics in the northern Queensland diocese as a “leader before his times”. Bishop Benjamin turned 91 on February 24. Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock described Bishop Benjamin as a “real pastor” of Townsville. “Many saw ... Read More »

Inspiring NZ bishop to visit

Bishop Colin

DUNEDIN’S “humble” Bishop Colin Campbell will share his thoughts on the theological “DNA” of Catholics when he visits Brisbane next month. Invited by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane, Bishop Campbell will visit eight parishes in the Brisbane archdiocese between Southport to Hervey Bay from July 3 to 12. He will talk on Christians and their identity in Christ. CCR Brisbane ... Read More »

Two auxiliary bishops for Melbourne

New auxiliary bishops

“GOOD stock” from Melbourne diocese and the Australian Oblates of Mary Immaculate are Melbourne’s newest auxiliary bishops installed in Melbourne last night. Bishop Mark Edwards, of the Brisbane Oblate community, and Bishop Terence Curtin were ordained as Melbourne auxiliary bishops at an episcopal ordination at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on December 17. Bishop Curtin assured the congregation that he and ... Read More »

Broken Bay’s new bishop announced

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales. Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call. Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David ... Read More »

New era of faith for Mongolia

New era of faith for Mongolia

By DAVID McGOVERN  HE may have a gentler approach than the famous Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan, but Bishop Wens Padilla is no less determined to transform the world around him. As the head of the Church in Mongolia, Bishop Padilla is committed to conquering the hearts and minds of the local population, estimated at three million souls. It may not ... Read More »

New Tasmanian leader welcomed

ARCHBISHOP Julian Porteous has described his first week as pastor of Tasmania’s Catholics as a “whirlwind”. “We had a wonderful installation ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral,” he said about the September 17 Mass. “I was delighted that my mother (Pam), who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, was able to come. “She was a bit hesitant about coming this far, but ... Read More »

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