BENEDICT XVI: WYD – WELCOMING CEREMONY, THE "HERITAGE" OF THE ABORIGINES AND MARY MCKILLOP” “” “

The Australian Church, "as well as being the youngest of any continent, is also one of the most cosmopolitan. Since the first European settlement here in the late eighteenth century, this country – said Benedict XVI – has become a home not only to generations of Europeans, but to people from every corner of the globe. Speaking during the Welcoming Ceremony at Government House in Sydney, the Pope called Australia "a young nation", but he also recalled that "for thousands of years before the arrival of Western settlers, the sole inhabitants of the land were indigenous peoples, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders". "Their ancient heritage forms an essential part of the cultural landscape of modern Australia", continued Benedict XVI. Praising "the Australian Government’s courageous decision to acknowledge the injustices committed against the indigenous peoples in the past", he recognized that "concrete steps are now being taken to achieve reconciliation based on mutual respect". (to be continued)

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