Mary MacKillop has been declared Saint Mary of the Cross by Pope Benedict XVI at a canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square which was witnessed by thousands of proud Australians.
While the celebrations in Rome and Melbourne have come and gone, the events of 17 October will remain for a long time. Excited student pilgrims from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese were among the large Australian contingent in Rome.
They spent another week in Italy touring the town of Assisi and other tourist locations but the highlight was the canonisation of our first saint.
Melbourne, Mary MacKillop’s birthplace, was also a popular destination for people seeking to soak up the atmosphere. A procession wound its way along Brunswick Street to the Carlton Gardens, where around 5,000 people watched Catholic school students perform on two large stages positioned outside the Royal Exhibition Building.
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Victorian Governor, David de Kretser and the Premier John Brumby were among the official guests who attended the formal proceedings to mark the occasion.
The canonisation Mass in the evening was broadcast live to interested onlookers.
The procession in Brunswick Street was a highlight of the Melbourne celebrations and student pilgrims and the Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, in St Peter’s Square.
Read about the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop
Photos courtesy Coluzzi Foto and Casamento Photography.
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