From Rome to Australia: Relic of St. Francis Xavier taken to Sydney
PETER COMENSOLI Bishop of Sydney (Australia) "My hope is simply that those who come to encounter the relic of St. Francis Xavier will through his intercession, encounter Christ in their lives.â?
This Mass marked the temporary departure of the relic. St. Francis Xavier is known as one of the greatest missionaries of the 16th century, who ventured far East. Along with St. Therese of Lisieux, he is the co-patron saint of Australia.
PETER COMENSOLI Bishop of Sydney (Australia) "In a sense he's a saint for our part of the world, not a part of Europe of North America, but for our Southern and Eastern part of the world, so it's important for that reason that he's coming.â?
"I think it will have great fascination for people in Australia who have a good understanding of St. Francis Xavier and the work that he did.â?
The Jesuits agreed to lend it to Australia as part of the"Year of Grace,â? which was launched in that country. So, for about two to three days, the relic will be taken to each Australian diocese, so parishioners can learn more about the life St. Francis Xavier.
PETER COMENSOLI Bishop of Sydney (Australia) "It will be all worth while even if just one person is touched in their own lives to come closer to Christ, it will be worth the effort.â?
The relic will be taken all across the country. On December 3rd, it will make its way back to Sydney where the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, will be celebrated. On the 4th of December, the relic will return to Rome.
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