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Sydney farewells Pope

A Requiem Mass for the late Pope John Paul II attracted large crowds, including Prime Minister John Howard and other dignitaries, at a packed St Mary's Cathedral last night.

People outside the Cathedral watched the proceedings projected onto special screens.

With Cardinal Pell in Rome, the main celebrant was auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous. Former Archbishop of Sydney, retired Cardinal Edward Clancy, preached the homily.

Also in attendance were the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir;the Premier, Bob Carr; the Police Commissioner, Ken Moroney; and the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

In Melbourne, Archbishop Hart will celebrate a Solemn Mass for the repose of the soul of His Holiness tomorrow evening at 8:00pm. Archbishop John Bathersby will celebrate Mass in Brisbane on Thursday at 10:00 am. Perth will have an invitation-only Solemn Mass at 7:30 pm on Thursday, and a Pontifical Requiem Mass open to all, at 7:30 pm on Friday.

Other Dioceses, and many parishes, across Australia have also scheduled memorial masses for the Holy Father.

Late pontiff was not out of touch, says Clancy (Sydney Morning Herald 6/4/05)
Sydney remembers Pope John Paul II (ABC 6/4/05)
Up with the greatest, says Cardinal Clancy (The Australian 6/4/05)
Protestant identity threatened, says Jensen (Sydney Morning Herald 6/4/05)
Jostling starts in the Vatican (The Age 6/4/05)
Australia Mourns JP II (Online Catholics 6/4/05)
Cardinal Edward Clancy: Homily at Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II (5/4/05)
Pope's death unites community (ABC Riverina 5/4/05)
A champion of the needy (The Border Mail 5/4/05)

6 Apr 2005