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John Paul II Institute to take students from July

The new Melbourne campus of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family will take its first students in July.

The institute hopes to attract students from throughout the Asia-Pacific region and aims is to provide high-level courses on marriage, family life and bioethics. It is linked with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and the University of Notre Dame in Perth.

The Institute's Director Fr Anthony Fisher said: "Many people have never really heard what the Catholic Church has to offer in these areas. At a time when marriages and families are under so much pressure, when reverence for life and for parenthood is declining, and when the roles of commitment and sexuality are so widely questioned, I am convinced the Catholic tradition has a special wisdom to offer."

The Institute has campuses in Italy, Spain, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Benin and India. The Australian campus is expected initially to offer Masters' degrees and post-graduate diplomas in theology, bioethics and pastoral studies. Pontifical licentiates and doctorates with specialisations in marriage and the family will also be offered.

Information about the Institute is available on its website.

Catholic Weekly