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Australia sends Silver Jubilee prayers to Pope


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll has sent the best wishes of Australia's Catholics to Pope John Paul II on the 25th anniversary of his Pontificate.

Archbishop Carroll said the milestone was an extraordinary achievement for the 83-year-old Pope, who is the fourth longest-serving pontiff in history.

"On behalf of the Catholic people of Australia, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference sends its greetings and prayerful support to the Pope on this wonderful occasion," Archbishop Carroll said.

He was speaking from Rome, where, along with other senior Australian bishops, he is joining in the silver jubilee celebrations.

The weeklong celebration will include a Mass, a concert in the Pope's honour, as well as lunch with the College of Cardinals and heads of Bishops' Conferences.

The celebration will conclude with the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on World Mission Sunday. It will be followed by the consistory in which the Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell will be elevated to the College of Cardinals on October 21.

Each diocese in Australia will mark the Pope's Silver Jubilee in its own way, with many bishops and priests planning special Masses today. The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Francesco Canalini will celebrate the 5.30pm Mass at Canberra's St Christopher's Cathedral.

"I've also suggested the praying of the Rosary, given the Pope's particular devotion to it," Archbishop Carroll said.

"I extend an invitation to everybody to pray in thanksgiving and gratitude for the Pope's extraordinary leadership of the Church and for blessings on His Holiness on this momentous occasion."

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

SILVER JUBILEE
Vatican Prepares For Pope's Anniversary Celebrations This Week (WABC)
John Paul marks 25 years as pope (CNN)
Thousands gather to see Pope (Sydney Morning Herald)
Pope set for his 25th milestone (BBC)
Pope 25th celebrations start (news24.com)
Thousands gather to see Pope (Sydney Morning Herald/AFP)
Anniversary Week Goes Beyond John Paul II (Zenit)
Jubilee week for Pope (Catholic Weekly)
John Paul Marks 25th Year as Papal Succession Nears (Bloomberg)
Pope John Paul II - special Jubilee report I (Independent Catholic News)
Rome City Council holds special session (Fides)
Reporters flock to Rome for week's events (EWTN/Catholic World News)
Buoyed by cheers, frail pope kicks off 25th anniversary celebrations (Catholic News Service)
Papal anniversary celebration begins; 300 prelates attending (Catholic World News)
Pope faces exhausting Jubilee week schedule (Independent Catholic News)

FEATURES
Siejkas proud to be Pope `groupies' (Launceston Examiner)
Socialist Pope, Mixing Estimation (donga.com)
Feature: Pope of paradox (The Australian)
A time of great joy (Kairos)
Comment: A defining point in uncertain times (SeattlePI)
Pope John Paul II - Silver Jubilee (ABC Religion & Ethics)

ACHIEVEMENTS
Pope will not resign until the day he dies, says cardinal (Sydney Morning Herald/Reuters)
Not visiting China remains one of pope's big regrets, cardinals say (Catholic News Service)
Pope is 'beacon for freedom' in world, says U.S. ambassador (Catholic News Service)
Physicist Credits John Paul II for Restarting a Key Dialogue (Zenit)
Karol Wojtyla's Philosophical Works, in 1,600 Pages (Zenit)

CONSISTORY
Archbishop flies out to the Vatican (Evening Times)
Dissenting Voices Heard As Cardinals Meet (The Guardian/AP)
For Bishops of England and Wales, Jolly Good Timing (Zenit)
Prayer Is Key to Pope's Diplomatic Activity, Says Archbishop Tauran (Zenit)
First group of English and Welsh bishops meet Pope (Independent Catholic News)
Pope elevates Archbishop Pell to Cardinal (Kairos)


16 Oct 2003