Sydney Catholics rally against abortion

About 200 Catholics have marched through Sydney on the weekend to protest against abortion.

The protesters held service at St Mary's Cathedral before marching through the city to Martin Place for a brief address.

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Julian Porteous led the procession under a banner that read: "Day of the Unborn Child".

The pro-life march was held to coincide with the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. The celebration marks the day the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to tell her she was to be the mother of Jesus, Bishop Porteous said.

"Having the procession on the Feast of the Annunciation reminds the community that Jesus was an unborn child in the womb of the Virgin Mary," he said.

Also at the weekend, Bishop Porteous conducted the opening of The Campion College, a Catholic liberal arts college at Sydney's Old Toongabbie. Kevin Rudd and John Aquilina were among the audience.

Cardinal George Pell, who was in Rome for the Consistory of Cardinals, said in a statement that the opening of Campion marks an "important early stage in one of the bravest and most important initiatives of Catholic education in Australian history".

He said that liberal arts colleges "have had an influence quite disproportionate to their size and to the number of their graduates, an influence that has been overwhelmingly for the good."

There are less then 20 students at Campion, but both John Fleming, the college president, and James Power, the project coordinator, believe it will attract more students once it has become established.

Catholics rally against abortion (Daily Telegraph 25/3/06)
Strewth: Catholic rollcall (The Australian 27/3/06)
Cardinal George Pell: Message for the Opening of Campion College (Archdiocese of Sydney 24/3/06)

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27 Mar 2006