At the invitation of the Australian Catholic
Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, President of the
Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Dicastery of the Holy See
responsible for orienting tbe Church's charitable agencies, will be
in Australia from 22-29 November 2009 for a meeting with the Bishops,
gathered at their Plenary Assembly in Sydney.
The aim of the visit is to strengthen the Catholic Church's witness
in the field of charity. Pope Benedict XVI has made the mission of
diakonia a focal point of his teaching, which together with
tbe proclamation of the word of God and the celebration of the
sacraments, expresses the Church' s deepest nature. Cardinal Cordes
will reflect together with the Pastors on the teaching of
Deus Caritas Est in the light of the local churches'
In the course of his trip, Cardinal Cordes will discuss the
different facets of charity with priests, seminarians, charity
workers and various lay groups. He will also deliver a lecture at
the Australian Catholic University on the Encyclical
Caritas in Veritate.
della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede 735/2009, 23.11.2009