Pope inaugurates Domus Australia in Rome


Vatican City 20 October (Vatican Information Service) - Pope Benedict XVI has inaugurated the Domus Australia, the new welcome centre for Australian pilgrims in Rome.

In his remarks, his Holiness recalled the warm welcome he had received when he visited Australia for World Youth Day in 2008, and made mention of last year's Canonisation of the first Australian Saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

"Our earthly lives are spent journeying towards that ultimate goal, where 'no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him'," the Holy Father said.

"Here on earth, the Church's long tradition of pilgrimage to holy places serves to remind us that we are heavenward bound, it refocuses our minds on the call to holiness, it draws us ever closer to the Lord and strengthens us with spiritual food for the journey.

"Many generations of pilgrims have made their way to Rome from all over the Christian world, in order to venerate the tombs of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and thereby to deepen their communion in the one Church of Christ, founded on the Apostles.

"In so doing, they strengthen the roots of their faith; and roots, as we know, are the source of life-giving sustenance. In that sense, pilgrims to Rome should always feel at home here, and the Domus Australia will play an important part in creating a home for Australian pilgrims in the city of the Apostles."

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