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Archbishop Rush to be buried today

The Solemn Funeral Mass for Archbishop Francis Roberts Rush, the fifth Archbishop of Brisbane, will be held at 11:00 this morning in the city's St Stephen's Cathedral.

Archbishop John Bathersby will officiate, welcoming Archbishop Rush's family, the Queensland Governor Major General Peter Arnison AO, representatives of government and leaders and representatives of Christian churches, and members of the Catholic community.

Throughout this week, members of the public have prayed at the casket of Archbishop Rush as it rests in St Stephen's Chapel. Daily Mass has been celebrated in the small Chapel, which houses the shrine to Blessed Mary MacKillop.

Archbishop John Bathersby, who will deliver the homily at the Funeral Mass, said yesterday that the defining characteristic of Archbishop Francis Rush was his remarkable love of people, that he was intensely interested in everyone.

"His brilliant memory enabled him to remember all he had met and people were delighted by his recognition of their dignity and importance," Archbishop Bathersby said. "This inclusive love made him passionate about the Second Vatican Council with its emphasis upon Ecumenism and Social Justice".

More than 1000 people are expected to attend the funeral of Archbishop Rush, who will be buried within the Cathedral with Brisbane's four former Archbishops. Reserved seats will be allocated to official guests, and special television monitors have been installed in areas inside and outside the Cathedral to cater for the expected overflow of mourners in the Cathedral precinct.

Death of Archbishop Francis Rush (Catholic Communications)
Tribute to Archbishop Francis Rush (The Catholic Leader)
Archbishop Rush's body rests in St Stephen's Chapel (Catholic Communications Media Release 24/7/01)
Interview with historian Fr Tom Boland (ABC Radio Religion Report transcript and audio)

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