• image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:27

Pope Francis sends message to Australia’s indigenous community

Rate this item
(2 votes)

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis sends a response to a video message recorded in Alice Springs from those who experienced firsthand the impact of St John Paul II’s iconic words to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs on 29 November 1986.

A letter accompanied the video, along with Spanish translations, which expressed the power of the event in Alice Springs.

Pope Francis wrote, “This anniversary affords me the happy opportunity to express my deep esteem for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for your ancient cultural heritage”.

"Uniting my voice to that of Saint John Paul II, I encourage you in his words: 'Your culture,which shows the lasting genius and dignity of your race, must not be allowed to disappear.'"

Read and download the full letter and blessing from Pope Francis here.

News & Views

Gospel Reflection

  • Listening to the lives of others
    Listening to the lives of others Reflection on the Gospel-Third Sunday of Lent Year A, 19 March 2017 (John 4:5-42) Three weeks into Lent, the liturgy invites us to take a faith journey in the company…
Subscribe here to receive Pathways, our monthly eNews.
catchme refresh
Joomla Extensions powered by Joobi

Caring for Creation

Justice Network

Our Stories

Spirituality & Prayer

  • A way of being in later life
    A way of being in later life The Carmelite spirit emphasising a life of contemplation is a way to help people later in life adjust from ‘doing’ to ‘being’, writes Peter Thomas…