Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - The "One Heart Many Voices" conference organized by the National Direction of the Australian Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), known as Catholic Mission, ended today. Training sessions, workshops, moments of prayer and sharing, artistic entertainment populated these three days in which more than 300 people from all over the country took part, some of them virtually connected.
The priority of this meeting which takes place every two years is to offer content and experiences that can strengthen the missionary spirit by focusing on the themes and challenges in which the Church is engaged. Truth, synodality and reconciliation are the key words of this conference which, on the first day, proposed the theme of inclusion and diversity, starting with an artistic exhibition created by the Sydney Catholic Schools Arts HQ Performance Ensemble and conceived specifically for the event and the celebration in collaboration with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry of Sydney. Bishop Shane Mackinlay, vice president of the fifth plenary council of the Australian Catholic Church was among the speakers on the first day. The second day which touched on the themes of interreligious dialogue, ecological conversion and the involvement of young people in the church was inaugurated by Ms. Chiara Porro, Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See, who underlined the importance of networking, care and attention to the environment and sustainability. On the final day, the participants had a space for reflection and discussion on the many ideas and themes addressed in the previous two days and shared their personal mission experiences and what they have received from the initiative and what they are committed to doing once they return to their communities. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 5/5/2023)