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Catholic churches to join 1 January 'Ringing of the Bells'
    The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has agreed, in principle, to support the National Council for the Centenary of Federation's event entitled the 'Ringing of the Bells' on 1 January 2001 at 3:55pm (AEDT).
    The National Council has programmed this event specifically to herald the start of Federation celebrations in Australia and symbolically unify the nation.
    The Council is asking all Churches with bell towers, schools and people with hand bells to join in a five minute synchronous ringing of bells.
    As the pealing of bells dies away in Sydney, the Federation Parade will begin.