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Holy Father's Blessing for Plenary Council

I extend cordial greetings and prayerful good wishes as the Catholic Community in Australia joins in prayer this Pentecost Sunday to launch the immediate preparations for the forthcoming 2020 Plenary Council.  Upon all taking part in the preparatory process, I invoke the Holy Spirit's gifts of wisdom, harmony and openness to the Lords's will for the future of the pilgrim Church in the country.  It is my hope that through patient dialogue and faith-filled discernment, the conciliar journey will confirm the Catholics in Australia in a spirit of fraternal unity and missionary discipleship, thus enabling them to be  a leaven of holiness, justice and reconciliation in today's rapidly changing society.  As a pledge of the sustaining grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing.

                   Franciscus PP 

Plenary Council 2020

     ~Listen to What the Spirit is Saying~

Pope Francis has approved the Australian Bishops' decision to hold a Plenary Council in Australia 2020 and 2021 it is a significant moment for the Church in Australia to make decisions about the future. 

To prepare the agenda for the Plenary Council, all of God's people are invited to reflect on the question: 'What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?' 

Find out more about the plenary Council 2020 at the Plenary Council 2020 website 


The following resources can be viewed for more information about the plenary Council.

1. Promotional Video


2. Archbishop Timoty Costelloe's Invitation for all to be involved

3. Plenary Council 2020 - An Overview