Bishop David Cremin’s visit

Bishop David Cremin came to St Vincent’s this morning to show his support for the community and dedicate a photo of Fr Ted Kennedy mounted in the church foyer as a sign of welcome to all.

The bishop chose Naidoc Day in post-Apology Australia to visit Redfern, unveiling the picture of Ted as another gesture of the community’s recommitment to Reconciliation with Aboriginal brothers and sisters.

Aboriginal member of parliament Linda Burney last week said that many Aboriginal people regard that Apology in a manner similar to the "coming-down" of the Berlin Wall.

The community also wanted to make a gesture of welcome to the WYD pilgrims that the parish clergy has tried so hard to keep secret.

The bishop mingled with those who had come for the Sharing of the Meal – diners and helpers alike. Mendes and Pelle were, as usual, not in attendance, despite being advised by Bishop Cremin that he was coming on a "peace mission".

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