Domus Australia official opening live on

18/10/2011 will stream Pope Benedict XVI's official opening of the new Australian pilgrim centre Domus Australia live from Rome in the early hours of Thursday 20 October, Australian time.

This is Australia’s first religious and cultural pilgrim centre in Rome and guests from Australia will join those from Rome in welcoming the Holy Father.

Cardinal George Pell will greet Pope Benedict and escort him to the centre’s beautifully restored St Peter Chanel chapel while the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, which has travelled to Rome for the event, sings the first hymn.

The Holy Father will address the gathering before giving his Papal blessing.

Guests will include Australia’s first resident Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer as well as Cardinals and Senior Clergy of the Vatican, the Australian bishops attending the ad limina in Rome, Australian religious and clergy living, working or studying in Rome.

The official opening will take place at 5.30pm Wednesday 19 October Rome time (2.30am Thursday 20 October AEST). The opening will be streamed live on xt3 on the following link

As this time will be in the early hours of the morning in Australia, the webcast will be available on demand from later in the morning.

Dedication of the altar at Domus Australia

Australian bishops gathered at Domus Australia for the Dedication of the Altar Mass on Tuesday 16 October.

The St Peter Chanel Chapel at Domus Australia, recently restored, looked magnificent as the bishops, clergy and religious from both Australia and Rome, guests gathered for the special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Pell and concelebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth and Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore.

The Rector of Domus Australia, Fr Anthony Denton, also assisted Cardinal Pell.

The Rite of Dedication of the Altar followed with the Anointing, Incensing, Covering and Lighting of the Altar.

The celebration of the Eucharist followed while the congregation quietly reflected on the restoration and artworks of the Chapel which included paintings by Sydney artist Paul Newton and Melbourne artist Louis Laumen who created the new crucifix.

Cardinal George Pell said after the Mass: "The Rite of Dedication of the altar is central to the three events we are celebrating at the opening of Domus Australia as a pilgrimage centre. And the heart of the centre is the Chapel.

"It was wonderful to have all the bishops here with us as well as the Australian seminarians studying here in Rome. I think it was certainly a very beautiful Service."

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