Newcastle Cathedral focus of nation's grief

Almost 800 people gathered last night inside Sacred Heart Cathedral, and hundreds more spilled out on to the steps and grounds outside, to mourn the loss of three of their own.

CLICK HEREThe Australian reports that from the school where so many of those affected found friendships, St Francis Xavier, assistant principal Tony Stevens talked of unity and community spirit, reciting the words of John Donne that "no man is an island".

Joseph Frost, 20, who escaped almost unscathed from a cafe table at Jimbaran Bay, told the congregation he could not understand why those who acted in the name of religion could tear lives apart.

"The number one question in my mind is why did this happen," Mr Frost said. "Apparently, it's about religion. Apparently, it was wild, radical, whoever they ares who ... decided what we were doing was offensive to them. But we were eating dinner on the beach with our friends and family. Who does that offend?

"These are our darkest hours, the worst days of many of our lives. This sad and sickening act has torn us open but we will stand together and we will make it through."

The NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, prayed with the congregation and John Howard sent a message that the perpetrators would be found and brought to justice.

Mr Iemma, a Catholic, described the service that mourned the deaths of Jennifer Williamson and Colin and Fiona Zwolinski as "very emotional".

Australia unites in grief (The Australian/news.com.au 7/10/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Transcript of homily and addresses at gathering of prayer and reflection for Bali 2005 Sacred Heart Cathedral Hamilton, 6th October 2005 (Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 6/10/05)

Bali bishop calls for month of prayer (CathNews 6/10/05)
Archbishop Carroll extends prayers, sympathy to Bali victims (CathNews 5/10/05)
Diocese mourning Bali bomb victims (CathNews 4/10/05)
Melbourne archbishop says don"t let Bali anguish breed hate (CathNews 13/10/03)
Bali anniversary focus on anti-terrorism education (CathNews 10/10/03)
Australians honour Bali bomb victims (CathNews 21/10/02)

Church agencies offer condolences to Bali victims (Caritas Australia 6/10/05)

7 Oct 2005