Ballarat Bishop, Paul Bird has written to all local parishes in the central Victorian regional town calling on all Catholics to keep in their thoughts and prayers the survivors of child sexual abuse who will be giving evidence at the Commission hearing over the coming three weeks.
"The hearings will be very stressful for survivors and their families and for people across our region. People will be deeply upset by the accounts of crimes against children and by the failings of church leaders in responding to these crimes. I encourage you to support one another through these difficult days," Bishop Bird wrote.
The Royal Commission has been allocated another $167,643 over the next three years from this year's Budget.
The money is expected to help with hearings and allow commissioners to report findings and make recommendations before winding up towards the end of 2017.
Financial assistance toward legal costs and witness expenses has been budgeted at $13,200 while the budget for community legal services supporting the Commission is $15,000.
The Royal Commission is undertaking a comprehensive research program to support its work and address the Terms of Reference.
As well as the research being conducted by the Commission into the histories of the Salesians, Marist Brothers, Christian Brothers, De La Salle and Sisters of Mercy, the Commission is undertaking a range of other research projects of particular interest.