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A Word of Welcome

from Archbishop Denis Hart

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

My dear friends,

Once again The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia is being published with the 2016 to 2017 edition. The Directory is a wonderful resource which illustrates the spiritual caring and prophetic service which the Church renders to our community.

Our parishes, schools, agencies, health care facilities, social welfare and outreach projects show the vibrant life of the Church and help us to communicate with each other so that this service can continue.

I write this message at the end of the Easter Season, where the joy of Christ Risen offers hope to a challenged world.

Pope Francis is constantly amazing us by his outreach to migrants and refugees, and his recent encounters with displaced people on the Island of Lesbos. The Pope met with the bishops in October 2015 for the Second Synod on the Family and recently he has issued his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family.

The Pope is careful to impart the foundation of married and family love, but also to give inspiration so that the Church can walk with all her members, seeking the fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us.

Pope Francis continues enthusiastically in dialogue, offering challenge to all the works of the Church, so that very real care is provided for those who are deprived or who suffer in mind or body. The open, welcoming face of the Pope has made a great impression upon many people in the community so that we may find the way to Jesus Christ and bring our world to him.

The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia performs a unique service of enabling people to be in touch with each other and fostering our common work for the Gospel. My deepest gratitude goes to Sally Heath and Christine Moore of the National Council of Priests Office for their work each year in the compilation of the Directory. Often, in my use of the Directory, I learn about others and about their unique contribution to the service of the Church. We are one with our Holy Father in prayer and in knowing and loving Jesus Christ as a real person. My greetings and prayers go with you that this resource may serve you well in the contribution which you are making. Thank you.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE
President
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
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