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About the Catholic Church in Australia:


Australia is both continent and country, with a significant Catholic minority. Since it was established as a penal colony, it is not a surprise that majority of the first Catholics here were prisoners, primarily of Irish descent.

Today, according to the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Catholics number 5,439,268 out of a total population of 21,507,719, or 25.3%. That is an increase of 6% since 2006. Almost a quarter of those were born elsewhere, which means there is a great diversity of cultures within the Church.

Among the major Catholic sites in the Country are:

New South Wales

Sydney: the Mary MacKillop House

Northern Territory

Darwin: Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral and The Madonna of the Aborigines

Western Australia

New Norcia: New Norcia Benedictine Community

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