|National||WE SHOULD SAY SORRY BEFORE EXPECTING POLITICIANS TO ACT: RELIGIOUS LEADER|
In the leadup to the first anniversary of the Sorry Day national day of reconciliation with indigenous Australians, the country's religious leaders have said that the Journey of Healing must start in our own heart.
President of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) Sr Margared Cassidy CSB said that while governments, churches and non-government organisations all have a part to play, healing has to start with each individual.
"It has to start now. Healing can happen by simply listening to each other, by listening to the hurts, the prejudice and racism which keep us apart," she said.
ACLRI is the peak body representing Australia's 10,000 priests, brothers and nuns. National Sorry Day was the first step towards Reconciliation. It is being followed up this year by the Journey of Healing.
Sr Cassidy said: "We must be courageous and say that there is so much yet to be healed because of the tragic impact of white settlement on indigenous Australians. We must be honest and admit that there is a need for the healing of relationships between us all."
|4:14pm 11/5/99 / ACLRI|