|East Timor||CHAPLAINS ACCOMPANY FORCES IN EAST TIMOR|
Four Catholic military chaplains have travelled to East Timor with Australian peace keeping forces, the Catholic Weekly reports.
They are Air Force Chaplain Fr Ross Naylor, Naval Chaplain Fr John Connelly, and Army Chaplains Fr Glyn Murphy, from Townsville, and Deacon Graeme Robinson from Brisbane.
Military Ordinary for Australia, Bishop Geoffrey Mayne, has asked Catholics to keep Australian soldiers in their prayers.
"We all hope they will achieve their aim of returning the East Timorese people to justice and peace and will soon be able to return home to their loved ones," he said.
"We appreciate the community's prayers and would appreciate their on-going support for our defence forces into the future.
"A situation like this awakens people to our need for a highly trained and prepared defence force."
Bishop Mayne, who served in Vietnam as a Naval Chaplain, said the community should remember that Australian forces are regularly involved in such missions.
"We have had forces in the Sinai, Cambodia, Bougainville, Rwanda and the Middle East," he said. "This is going on all the time, our forces are there all the time, ready for these situations."
The military chaplains will support Australian servicemen and women, and may become involved in supporting the local community if they remain in East Timor.
Cath Weekly 11:43am 22/9/99