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Bishop Belo thanks South Australia for Timor aid

Dili's Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Carlos Belo, has made a flying visit to Adelaide to thank South Australia for its support during his country's struggle for independence.

Adelaide priest Fr John Herd said the people of South Australia played a significant role.

"(Bishop Beloe) was conscious of the prayerful support of the many people of Adelaide which really gave moral support to him and his people, the financial support contribution to different aid organisations," Fr Herd said. "So he's aware that the people of South Australia really contributed."

Bishop met with Archbishop Leonard Faulkner at an informal reception before flying out to Sydney last night in preparation for his acceptance of an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University.