OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - “One of the greatest Popes in the history of the Church": Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference

Monday, 4 April 2005

Canberra (Fides Service) - In Australia over the past week Catholics have been flocking to church to pray for the Pope John Paul II. The Catholic Bishops issued a statement in which they express their grief but also their gratitude for this extraordinary Pope.
Archbishop Francis Carrol of Canberra-Goulbourn, President of the Bishops Conference told Fides “the Pope has left a most important legacy, especially changed relations with the former communist world”, Cardinal George Pell Archbishop of Sydney said the Pope has been“one of the greatest in the history of the Church who ended his life as he began it with faith, courage and love”.
Bishop Philip Wilson of Adelaid, said the Pope “will be honoured as a humble leader who reminded the world of the beauty of humanity”, Bishop Michael Malone of Maitland-Newcastle said “the Pope influenced international politics in our day giving an example of moral and spiritual integrity”, Bishop Kevin Maning of Parramatta said “the Pope will live on in the minds and heart of all believers as a champion of truth and freedom, a great thinker, a moral leader filled with love of God and love of neighbour”.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 4/4/2005 righe 19 parole 195)