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Good On You Mary MacKillop – Saint Mary of the Cross …

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

vatican-absoluteitaly1.jpgMother Mary MacKillop today (17.10.10) was named as the first Australian Saint, at a Vatican religious ceremony.  

mary-mackillop.jpegThe announcement by the Pope of the canonisation of Mary MacKillop (19.2.10) was greeted warmly across all religious divides in Australia; thousands are now in Rome on pilgrimage to places where she visited, and as witnesses to the event.

Not all are Australians; a large group has attended from Scotland, birthplace of Mary’s parents.

Celebrations in Australia included a street party at Penola in the Coonawarra region of South Australia, where Mary MacKillop opened her first school; and in commemoration they have sent 100 dozen bottles of wine to the Vatican.

Mary MacKillop was a Catholic nun in the 19th Century, who founded a teaching order, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, especially to benefit poor children, including indigenous children in the bush.

She spread its work throughout Australia and New Zealand, and in the historical record was known as a leader, and a person of faith, character and compassion.

Her name in prayers came to be associated with the full recovery of two sufferers from incurable disease.

She was named by the Pope: Saint Mary of the Cross – KacKillop.

Five other candidates for sainthood — from Canada, Italy, Poland and Spain — were canonised also today.

That occurred as Pope Benedict XVI, at the commencement of a Solemn Mass, included their names in reciting the Church Canon – the list of Saints.

See EUAustralia Online: “Saintly envelopes”, 6.4.10; “Vatican: Saints and villains”, 20.2.10; “papal moves”, 15.1.10.