Page 6, 29th May 1942

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Page 6, 29th May 1942 — Sydney Celebrates Centenary of Australian Hierarchy

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The Pope's earnest desire that the disagreements presently afflicting the world might be resolved on a basis of justice and that all nations might look with hope to a peaceful future was voiced by the Poise on the occasion of the presentation of his credentials by Ken Harada, the Japanese Ambassador to the Holy See.

In presenting his credentials, M. Harada recalled the historic circumstance of the journey of St. Francis Xavier to Japan and also the missions sent by, Japan tip Popes Gregory XV and Paul V. Thi Japanese Empire, he said, wishes to co-operate in every way to the end that relations between the Holy Sec and Japan may ever be most cordial. He repeated to the Holy Father a massage from the Japanese Emperor expressing the wish that His Holiness might continue to enjoy the best of health. Sydney in 1928 marked on May 10 the observance. of the centenary of the erection of the hierarchy of Australia. An international touch was given to the ceremony by the presence in the participating throng of many representatives of the armed forces of the United States of America.

AMERICAN PARTICIPATION The great Basilica of St. Mary in Sydney was thronged for the principal observance as the Church in Australia celebrated the accomplishments of a hundred years which have seen the growth from the original three dioceses to 24.

American participation served also to recall that it was an American prelate—Mgr. Edward J. Hanna, then Archbishop of San Francisco, now retired—who delivered the opening sermon at the Eucharistic Congress 14 years ago. In that sermon, Archbishop Hanna made reference to the close links

that bound Australia and the United States. and voiced the hope that the relationship might ever grow closer.

In the course of the ceremonies in the Basilica, Mgr. Giovanni Panico, Apostolic Delegate to Australasia, in the name of the Pope, conferred the Pallium upon Mgr. Norman Gilroy, Archbishop of Sydney. A native of Sydney, Archbishop Gilroy's predecessors in the hundred years' history of the sec were two English Benedictines and two Irish prelates.

Preaching the sermon, Mgr. Edmond Gletson, Bishop of Maitland, praised the labours of the pioneers of the Church in Australia, whose heroism, he said, had equalled that of any in the Church's history. He lauded the humble generous Laity, who from generation to generation gave fullest support to the zealous leadership of their Bishops and clergy, having ever before them the high ambition of preserving and propagating the Faith.

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