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Australian Bishops meeting in Sydney

Australia's Catholic Bishops gather in Sydney today to begin their twice-yearly Plenary Session, a set of meetings on all aspects of the life of the Australian Church.

The Plenary is scheduled to finish on Friday. On Saturday, the Bishops will travel to the western Sydney Diocese of Parramatta to concelebrate a Mass to mark the opening of the rebuilt St Patrick's Cathedral.

During the Plenary, the bishops will consider reports from a range of committees charged with overseeing the Church's activities and mission.

The last Plenary, which took place in May, resulted in a series of social justice resolutions, including support for asylum seekers in detention and East Timorese threatened with expulsion who subsequently received a reprieve from the Government.

Catholic Bishops meet (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 23/11/03)

Social Justice resolutions dominate Bishops' plenary meeting (16/5/03)
Work to start on new cathedral (12/7/02)
St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta: Dedication Mass, Saturday 29 November 2003

24 Nov 2003