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Pope John Paul II

Opinion Opinion

How to vote in the referendum

‘You are part of Australia and Australia is part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.’  These words, spoken by Pope John Paul II, now a saint, on November 29 1986 in Alice Springs, form part of a longer address he gave that day to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Blatherskite Park. Even though he did so 37 years ago, they are well worth reading and meditating by every Australian Catholic, particularly in the lead up to the referendum on October 14.

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Papal plaque unveiled

Members of Adelaide’s Polish Catholic community gathered with Archbishop Wilson last month for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the visit to South Australian in 1986 of St Pope John Paul II. The first permanent reminder of the only papal visit to the State was commissioned by the Archbishop and following its blessing on October 26, it will be installed on the back wall of the Cathedral. A chalice used by Pope John Paul II during his Mass in Adelaide was used during at the Mass. John Paul II was canonised by Pope Francis on April 27 2014.


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