Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane believes that last Friday's pallium ceremony in Rome will provide a significant boost to the work of re-evangelising Australia, reports the Catholic News Agency.
“It's a shot in the arm at a time when I think we need that,” he told CNA in Rome.
Archbishop Coleridge was one of 43 new archbishops who received the pallium from Pope Benedict at St Peter’s basilica. The woven strip of white lamb’s wool symbolises the authority given to an archbishop by the Pope.
The archbishop noted that the pallium “is a call not just to me as the archbishop who wears it but it is a call to whole Church to be more apostolic and you can only become more apostolic by entering into deeper communion with the See of Peter.”
“If you separate yourself from the see of Peter then it becomes impossible to fulfill the apostolic task entrusted to the Church by Jesus.”
Joining him at Friday’s ceremony was his fellow Australian, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth. Both were only appointed by Pope Benedict in recent months.
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