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Archbishop says world strife draws more to church

World events seemed to have drawn more people to Easter services, according Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby, who told the St Stephen's Cathedral congregation that increasing numbers are turning to religion to try to explain recent world events.

"As people are witnessing suffering and death, they search for answers for those problems," he said.

The St Stephen's congregation of 1500 was believed to have been the biggest for more than 10 years.

At St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney's Catholic Archbishop George Pell also spoke of the suffering brought by war. "Our personal suffering... is nothing in comparison with the soldiers and civilians killed and wounded on the battlefield," he said.

About 1250 attended Easter Mass at Adelaide's St Francis Xavier's Cathedral.

The Age

Easter Ceremonies at St Stephen's Cathedral (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
Archbishop Bathersby's Easter Message (Archdiocese of Brisbane)Jesus has the last word (Easter Message, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Kairos)
We Can Do It! - An Easter Message from Bishop Michael Malone of Maitland-Newcastle
Easter Message 2003, Archbishop George Pell of Sydney (audio also available)
[Social Justice] Council says Easter is a time to pray for world peace (17/4/03)
European Church Leaders Condemn War (Deutsche Welle)
[UK] Easter messages challenge war (London Daily Telegraph)
Australia's churches focus on Iraq War (ABC)
Christian clerics walk in a procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during Easter Mass in Jerusalem (Voice of America)
Easter Celebrated in Jerusalem's Old City (AP)
Holy Week 'Baths' in Mexico Sees Arrests (AP)
[UK] Easter messages focus on Iraq (Ananova)

22 Apr 2003