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A Word of Welcome

from Archbishop Denis Hart

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

My dear friends,

With joy I present to you the 2015 - 2016 edition of The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia. I never cease to marvel at the breadth of information which shows the many ways in which the Church is involved with the community and with bringing our brothers and sisters to the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Throughout Australia the Church is active and generous in meeting and serving fellow Australians, from across the country in parishes, agencies, health care facilities, social welfare and outreach projects, as well as migrants and those who have come as refugees.

Pope Francis constantly indicates that as members of the Church we have to carry forward the joy and hope of Christ risen, as we journey on our way to our heavenly home. Pope Francis keeps reminding us that we have a mission to those on the peripheries - the poorest and most disadvantaged. This is a clear indication that we go to meet people where they are and to offer them the joy and hope of the Gospel. Jesus has returned to his Father and sends us the Holy Spirit to live with us and keep alive and warm in our hearts the mission to bring Christ to others.

Last October it was my privilege to share in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the challenges offered to the Christian Family in the Modern World. While recognising the sacredness of marriage, the bishops as pastors are anxious to care for all people and to walk with them in times of joy and sorrow, struggle and difficulty. I returned from the Synod with great hope in the work that will be done until an Ordinary Synod in October 2015, so that all people - single, in families or left alone - will know that the constant care of God is with them and guides their journey.

Pope Francis has continued his enthusiasm for honesty and dialogue, for strengthening the family, for challenging integrity and justice in all the works of the Church, and in being a very human face of care for those who are under-privileged or who suffer in mind or body. He represents to us that the Church has doors wide open to welcome people so that we may know the way to Jesus Christ and may bring our beautiful world to him.

The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia is a huge resource, compiled carefully so as to be of use to everyone. Personally I would like to thank Sally Heath and Christine Moore of the National Council of Priests National Office for all that they do each year in the compilation of the Directory. This Directory enables us to communicate with each other, to know about each other, to be one with our Holy Father in prayer and in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Be sure that my greetings and prayers go with you,

Yours sincerely in Christ,

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