Arrival in the Eternal City

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

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I’ve just arrived in Rome for the canonisations and the city is buzzing with excitement. Pope John Paul II established the Diocese of Parramatta in 1986 and visited it a few months later. I was a novice then and saw him at a meeting with religious at the Opera House. Now the pope who twice visited Australia will be proclaimed a saint. John Paul the Great pray for us! Good Pope John pray for us!

3 thoughts on “Arrival in the Eternal City

  1. Sergio Rosato

    Dear Bishop Anthony,
    What a blessed time to be in Rome! It is fitting that you are there praying for all of us in Parramatta at the canonization of Papa Giovanni & Pope John Paul II.
    In 1986 I worked at Transfield in Seven Hills. A company that provided employment and dignity for many men and women including many migrants – my late father was one of those.
    During his address in workshop 5 at Seven Hills the Holy Father shared his meditation on the dignity of work as part of the Creator’s design and plan for the world.
    I recall vividly his strong voice as he proclaimed, “You may know that I, too, was a worker for some years in a quarry and in a factory”.
    He went on to say that Australia was a great country because working people go about their tasks day after day with both cheerfulness and seriousness, earning their bread by the sweat of their brow, producing goods and services for their fellow citizens, and thus gradually bringing to perfection a world that was created by a good and loving God.
    Our work is a sacred way we can help bring God’s kingdom to life through our interactions with others and by using the gifts of the Holy Spirit judiciously.
    John Paul pray for us! Papa Giovanni Pray for us!

  2. Attila Lendvai

    Dear Bishop Anthony,

    I was lucky enough to go to a papal audience with John-Paul back in 1985 in Rome without any ticket or invitation!. I remember the great auditorium was filled with an extraordinary buzz that was hard to describe. Even the non-Catholic I was traveling with was very moved by the encounter with the great pontiff. He was certainly an extraordinary man symbolizing tremendous faith in the Cross of Jesus – a life for all of us to strive towards.
    Ora pro nobis.


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