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Archbishop-elect Anthony: Sydney to set example on peace and friendship


Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP News Story
Students from Catherine McAuley Westmead, Parramatta Marist High Westmead, St Patrick's Primary Parramatta and Wollemi College Werrington congratulate Archbishop-elect Anthony outside his media conference.

By Cathy Morris, Parramatta Advertiser

The newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of Sydney wants Australians to set an example to the rest of the world by showing how different nationalities can live together in peace following the anti-terror raids yesterday.

Bishop of Parramatta Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, who grew up in Lakemba, said Australians were “living in troubled times” and the Catholic Church had a role to play in getting the message out.

He was speaking at a press conference in Parramatta this morning to announce his new appointment as Archbishop of Sydney taking over from Cardinal George Pell who has taken up a senior role overseeing reform of the Vatican’s finances in Rome.

“Right now we face in Sydney some big questions about harmony as a city about coexistence and peace and friendship, that’s an issue right around the world,” Archbishop-elect Anthony said.

“I hope here in Sydney we’re going to be able to give the world a good example.”

Archbishop-elect Anthony said he has asked to meet with Muslim leaders to discuss current events.

“I’d like to hear from them what they’re feeling at the moment and in what ways we can do and say some things together that will move us forward and a more peaceful, more harmonious community.”

Read Cathy Morris’ full story at The Daily Telegraph online

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