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Reconciliation    ARCHBISHOP UNVEILS 'SORRY ROCK'

    Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner and the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Chairperson have unveiled a Sorry Rock on the eastern side of the city's Cathedral of St Francis Xavier.
    The occasion was Sunday's commissioning of the new NATSICC Council. The event included a concelebrated mass that followed a smoking ceremony and playing of the didgeridoo. The smoking ceremony called the congregation to repentence and purification. The Eucharistic Prayer was accompanied by guitar and clapsticks.
    The Mass was followed by the unveiling of a Sorry Roack on the eastern side of the Cathedral by Archbishop Faulkner and Vicki Walker.
    The inscription on the rock includes the following words spoken by Pope John Paul II in Alice Springs on 29 November 1986:
The Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.

   
ACBC. Photo: Matthew Abraham
   
12 Sep 00



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