The Holy See and Australia
· Cardinal Parolin on 40 years of diplomatic relations ·
“The history of the 'magnificent land of Australia' has been marked by the constant endeavour of the Catholic Church to provide healthcare, education and charitable services”. And “Catholic Australians have courageously sought to be good stewards”. With these words Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, addressed those gathered late Monday afternoon, 28 April, at the Vatican for Mass on the occasione of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Australia and the centenary of the establishment of the Apostolic Delegation to the largest nation of Oceania.
In the Church of St Mary Mother of the Family, at the Governatorato, the Cardinal presided at the Eucharist Celebration, Cardinal George Pell, Secretary for the Economy, concelebrated together with: Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of Social Sciences; Bishop Peter Comensoli, Auxiliary and Apostolic Administrator of Sydney; Bishop Bosco Puthur of the Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle for Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia, Bishop Antoine Tarabay, Prefect of Saint Maron of Sydney of the Maronites; and Msgr Peter Bryan Wells, Assessor of the Secretariat of State. Australian Senator John Hogg with his wife and the Ambassador to the Holy See Mr John McCarthy, KCSG were also present.
In his homily, Cardinal Parolin
urged everyone to look to the example of Australia's first saint, Mary of the
Cross MacKillop (1842-1909), Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of St
Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Beatified by
Pope John Paul II on 19 January
“Encouraged by the road of cooperation that Australia and the Holy See have already walked together,” he concluded, “we can look to the future with confidence, seeking out those 'new ways of living together in fidelity to the Gospel'. We know that treading that path will oblige us to respond ever more generously with the gifts given to each of us as persons, and as communities.”
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