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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 51  |  21 August 2017
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By Sean Nicholls, Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 2017

The Catholic Church has mobilised a grassroots campaign against voluntary assisted dying laws in NSW, with parishioners, school staff and parents urged to petition politicians weeks before a bill goes before state parliament.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, the designated spokesman for Catholic bishops on the voluntary euthanasia issue, has organised distribution of the petition to 26 parishes and more than 40 schools in his Diocese of Broken Bay, covering Sydney's north shore, northern beaches and the Central Coast.

 

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Over these weeks, as a community of Christian faith, we are being confronted with very significant social issues that touch upon some of the core principles of our understanding of life and of our religious practice. The period is perhaps particular given that it is not a single issue with which we are dealing, but multiple matters.

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Next week the Catholic Church in Australia will be celebrating the contribution Migrants have made in our communities. This week-long celebration culminates with Migrant and Refugee Sunday, on 27 August 2017.

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The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is dedicating the month of September 2017 to Safeguarding, with the theme Compassion and Commitment.

The month will officially begin with a Liturgy of Compassion and Commitment to be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral Waitara on Thursday 31 August at 7.30pm. The Liturgy, led by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay, will bring everyone together to pray in solidarity for those affected by abuse.

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As Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Education, I made the following statement on Friday in response to a request from Fairfax Media for comment on issues in relation to the same-sex marriage debate as it may impact on Catholic schools.

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About 500 people were in the audience for the Australian premiere of The Sultan and the Saint on 29 July 2017 at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South Campus.

The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history, the meeting between St Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik Al-Kamil, in the midst of the conflict of the Fifth Crusade nearly 800 years ago.

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When Father’s Day comes around each year, for many it is a special chance to celebrate the man who has given us so much. But what can we give him in return?

That same question has troubled generations of sons and daughters, but this year, Catholic Mission is offering a stress-free way to give a thoughtful present and improve the life of someone in need.

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