Bishops offer prayers for new Government

Australia's Catholic Bishops have offered their prayers and congratulations to Kevin Rudd and the ALP, following the party's landslde victory in Saturday's Federal Election.

Urging the incoming government to commit to governing in the interests of the common good, Bishops' president Archbishop Wilson said the election result shows a "clear mood for change."

"At moments of historic change in the nation, we can do well to take a moment to stop and reflect on where this change will carry us," Archbishop Wilson said in a statement released yesterday.

"It is our hope, the Rudd Labor Government will grasp the opportunity to pursue policies which integrate the pursuit of economic prosperity with social justice and an overriding concern for life and the human dignity of all Australians,' he said.

Archbishop Wilson said he hopes the new government will be guided by "wisdom, justice and integrity".

"The measure of this will be particularly evident in policies which affect the most vulnerable, including our indigenous brothers and sisters, refugees and asylum seekers, people with disability and their carers, and vulnerable employees in the workplace," he said.

The Bishops also paid tribute to John Howard for his long and dedicated service to public life in Australia.

Catholic Bishops offer prayers, congratulations to incoming Labor Govt (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 26/11/07)

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Wilson focuses on politicians' personal qualities (CathNews, 14/08/07)
Catholic Bishops urge voters to consider the common good at election time (ACBC, Media Release, 6/8/07)
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Australian Christian Lobby National
Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)
Joyce offside as Howard, Rudd strive to get onside with God (CathNews, 13/8/07)
God neither Liberal nor Labor, PM acknowledge (CathNews, 10/8/07)
Bishops head to witness Howard-Rudd clash (CathNews, 3/8/07)
Christian lobby pits Howard versus Rudd (CathNews, 26/7/07)
Govt ministers to brief Christian counterparts (CathNews, 6/9/06)

27 Nov 2007