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New archbishop calls on faithful to keep Christ in Christmas

Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was inaugurated last night as Adelaide's new Catholic Archbishop, has sent a "keep Christ in Christmas" reminder message to Catholic in the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Wilson set a $30,000 target to raise money for the poor and marginalised at the traditional "plate collection" at his Installation Mass, which took place at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

When planning began earlier this year for the Mass, Archbishop Philip Wilson stipulated that there should be a Mass collection - as there is at Sunday Masses - and that every dollar given would go directly to Catholic Charities. This was to ensure that the Mass would be more than the celebration of a new archbishop but a "visible reminder" amid the consumerism of Christmas of the community's responsibility to the underprivileged.

Catholic Charities, one of South Australia's longest-running charitable organisations, provides critical support and services for those in need - the poor, the homeless, single mothers, the unemployed and the disabled.

Archbishop Wilson is Adelaide's eighth Archbishop. His predecessor, Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, has retired after 17 years as archbishop.

At the Mass, Archbishop Wilson will wear a 100-year-old pectoral cross that belonged to Pope Leo XIII. The crozier, or bishop's staff, which will be used by the Pope's ambassador to Australia - the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Francesco Canalini - belonged to the late Bishop Philip Kennedy, former auxiliary bishop of Adelaide until his death at a relatively young age in 1983. The crozier to be used by Archbishop Philip Wilson belonged to Adelaide's late Archbishop James Gleeson, who died only last year.

About 35 bishops and more than 200 priests from the Adelaide and Port Pirie dioceses, interstate and overseas were expected to attend the Mass. Concelebrating the Mass with Archbishop Philip Wilson was Sydney's recently retired Cardinal Edward Clancy, who ordained him as a priest and bishop.

The mass was webcast on the archdiocesan website.

A Time to Celebrate: Website for inauguration of Archbishop Philip Wilson

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