Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Sept. 29, 2021. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)


Archbishop Costelloe with Plenary Council Members

In a historic moment for the Church in Australia, the official opening Mass of the Fifth Plenary Council has taken place at Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral, with Council President Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB boldly telling the congregation and viewers that perhaps the most important thing God is asking of us at this time is to return the Church to Christ and return Christ to the Church.  By Jamie O’Brien.


Pope Francis sends blessings to Plenary Council

Pope Francis has sent greetings and blessings from Rome as the program for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the first such event in this country in 84 years, began today.

A message read out during the opening plenary session this morning said the Plenary Council “represents a singular ‘journeying together’ of God’s people in Australia along the paths of history towards a renewed encounter with the Risen Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit”.


First Australian Provincial Council Archives

During the course of the week of the First Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, The Record brings to you a historical look at the previous Plenary Councils of Australia.

Dr Peter Wilkinson writes the first of several articles examining the seven previous particular councils held in Australia between 1844 and 1937. An understanding of these councils may help to prepare for the 5th Australian Plenary Council of Australia being held this week from Monday 4 October.


Discernment Paper by Archbishop Costelloe SDB

How can we be a constructive part of a renewed Church and not initiators of a new church which would, in the end, be our own creation rather than God’s?

This is the question presented by Plenary Council President and Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB in his paper on the theme of Discernment, published in September 2020.

The Record acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Nations People of this land. We rightfully respect the culture, Elders past, present and emerging.