The Border Mail reports that Benedict's ambassador to Australia, Archbishop Ambrose Battista De Paoli, spoke in Albury on Tuesday about challenges facing the main Christian churches in Australia.Declining numbers in the pews and a clergy shortage were among the problems, the Pennsylvania-born Apostolic Nuncio said.
Albury's St Patrick's parish assistant priest, Fr Michael Kennedy, is national president of the 350-strong Confraternity, which represents mainly those with a traditional Catholic outlook.
What a lovely compliment! Do read the latest issue of the The Priest
, the journal of the ACCC, featuring articles on Deus Caritas Est
by our own Fr T, and Professor Sacristan! :)
DAILY PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
Almighty and Eternal God
look with mercy on Your priests,
sharing Your Fatherhood in Holy Church.
Your Son, the Lord Jesus, has made them
priests and victims with Himself:
day by day, may they offer the worship
of His Mystical Body
in the Eucharistic Sacrifice,
with their own homage
of heart, mind and body.
By the Holy Spirit, make them zealous
in their priestly ministry;
keep them devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
obedient to the Pope and their own Bishop,
and through them inspire young men
to serve you in the Priesthood.
To You, O Holy Trinity,
be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.