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How Catholics across the nation are dealing with rising infection rates

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli lowered his surgical mask to kiss the altar at St Patrick’s Cathedral and fastened it again to incense the sanctuary at last Sunday’s Mass. Masking and unmasking was becoming a familiar sight for the five thousand Catholics who tuned in to the livestream as Melbourne archdiocese introduced new rules for liturgical celebrations on July 22. Those ... Read More »

Two Victorian men die from COVID-19, church doors shut again in Melbourne

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli has directed churches to shut their doors again and has suspended the public celebration of Mass, which had only just recommenced, following COVID-19 outbreaks across parts of Victoria. The directives were for parishes within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, which were placed back under stage three restrictions for the next six weeks from July 8. Livestreamed ... Read More »

Melbourne Catholics caught in surge of new COVID-19 cases, 500,000 now dead globally

MELBOURNE Catholic Vivien Dolar watched with unease as an upswell in COVID-19 community transmission moved through 10 hotspots in Melbourne’s suburbs in the last two weeks, with acquaintances door-knocked for testing and rapid lockdowns on nearby suburbs. Miss Dolar, who was The Catholic Leader’s 2019 Young Leader of the Year, lives only 10 minutes away from some of the hotspot ... Read More »

This Christmas, remember the little baby who lay in the crib

FEW readers of The Catholic Leader would recognise the name Br John Henry Shepherd. John Henry was a Christian Brother from New Zealand. Back in the early 1990s he travelled to Melbourne to learn about Edmund Rice Camps. Upon his return to Dunedin he established these holiday camps for children from difficult life situations. John Henry was dearly loved by ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against conviction set to be held next week

JAILED Cardinal George Pell will return to an Australian court June 5 and 6 for an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Lawyers for Cardinal Pell, who has been behind bars since February, will argue his guilty verdict was “unreasonable”. Cardinal Pell was handed a six-year prison sentence, after being convicted in December, ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

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