Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

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Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

In This Edition

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The Australian Bishops in 1987 established the Bishops' Committee for Justice, Development and Peace, to promote and oversee Church involvement in these broad areas. They appointed Michael Costigan as Executive Secretary for the Committee. From this vantage point Dr Costigan recounts and reflects on the work of the Committee and its subsidiary commissions in helping the Australian Church to deal with important social issues over fourteen years.

This year the Diocese of Armidale has been recalling their second Bishop, Elzear Torreggiani, who died in 1904. The centenary has been especially marked by a biography of the bishop, written by Fr Patrick Colbourne ofm(Cap). In his article here Fr Colbourne throws light on the rather unusual early years of this Australian diocese, by sketching the careers not only of the italian Capuchin Bishop but also of seven Capuchin priests and brothers who came to Armidale to assist him.

Contemporary with Bishop Torreggiani was Archbishop Patrick Moran who in 1885 was proclaimed Cardinal, the first of seven Cardinals in the Australian Church. Last year Archbishop George Pell of Sydney became the seventh. …

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