Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), Archbishop Denis Hart, to the Pontifical Council for Culture.
Established by Pope John Paul II in 1982, the Pontifical Council for Culture works to establish dialogue between the message of the Gospel and the culture of modern times.
The Council seeks to address problems of unbelief and religious indifference, which are seen in modern society. The Council also touches on other important areas of society: science, the arts, the economy, different mediums of communication, and the value and care of the artistic and historic patrimony of the Church.
Archbishop Hart said: 'I am honoured by this appointment as a further experience of how we can all engage with the modern world, bringing to it the fruit and attractiveness of the Gospel. I will be happy to contribute.'
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is President of this Pontifical Council.
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