‘Jesus has been born for us’

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Bishops across the country have released Christmas messages to encourage the faithful in this year of unexpected challenges, marked by bushfire and pandemic, closed churches and online Masses.

In their messages, the bishops remind the faithful to look to the birth of Jesus this Christmas as a sign of hope for the world.

“The birth of Christ in Bethlehem was far from ideal in its material circumstances, but that just served to underline how hope and joy can break out in the strangest places,” Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright said.

Referring to months of church closures and restrictions on places of worship, Australia’s newest bishop, Sale Bishop Greg Bennet, said: “The buildings were closed but the Church was alive. And in all this we were not alone: Jesus has been born for us! As we celebrate the Birth of Jesus, we remember that he has been born for us, and he is with us – Emmanuel.”

Read the bishops’ Christmas messages below:

Adelaide

Bishop Patrick O'Regan's Christmas message

Armidale

Bishop Michael Kennedy's Christmas message

Ballarat

Bishop Paul Bird's Christmas message

Bathurst

Bishop Michael McKenna's Christmas message

Brisbane

Archbishop Mark Coleridge's Christmas message 2020

Broken Bay

Bishop Anthony Randazzo's Christmas message

Bunbury

Bishop Gerard Holohan's Christmas message

Cairns

Bishop James Foley's Christmas message

Canberra-Goulburn

Archbishop Christopher Prowse's Christmas message

Darwin

Bishop Charles Gauci's Christmas message

Geraldton

Bishop Michael Morrissey’s Christmas message

Hobart

Archbishop Julian Porteous's Christmas message

Maitland-Newcastle

Bishop Bill Wright's Christmas message

Maronite Eparchy

BIshop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay's Christmas message

Melbourne

Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli's Christmas message

Parramatta

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv.'s Christmas message

Perth

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB's Christmas message

Bishop Don Sproxton's Christmas message

Port Pirie

Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS's Christmas message

Sale

Bishop Greg Bennet’s Christmas message

Sydney

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP's Christmas message

Toowoomba

Bishop Robert McGuckin's Christmas message

Wilcannia-Forbes

Bishop Columba MacBeth-Green OSPPE's Christmas message

Catholic Religious Australia

CRA President Br Peter Carroll FMS's Christmas message

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