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Vatican     POPE CHOOSES MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA FOR WORLD DAY OF SICK
Pope John Paul II has highlighted Australia's cultural and ethnic wealth as factors making Sydney a good choice as host city for February's World Day of the Sick.
    Further details have been released regarding the next World Day of the Sick, which it was announced earlier this year will be held in Sydney.
    The Holy Father has released his Message marking the occasion in which he says, "The choice of the Australian continent with its cultural and ethnic wealth highlights the close bond of ecclesial communion: this bond transcends distances and fosters the encounter of different cultural identities made fruitful by the one liberating message of salvation."
    Celebrations for the Ninth World Day of the Sick, which will be held on 11 February, are the first Vatican World Day celebrations of any kind have been celebrated in Australia. The Day is usually celebrated in Rome.
    The theme for the Ninth World Day of the Sick is, The New Evangelisation and the Dignity of the Suffering Person.
    The full text of the Pope's message is available online.
   
Aust Cath Bishops Conf
   
16 Oct 00



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