The Southern Cross : March 2011
Page 8 March 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news The Reflection Do something special for Lent this year Join the Bishops of Australia in an exciting exploration of the Scriptures as we journey towards Easter 2011 Commencing Monday 7 March Take up the challenge... do The Reflection! thereflection.vividas.com In his role as Commissioner for Social Inclusion, Monsignor David Cappo has been in talks over the benefits of community- conscientious mining activity with leaders of conflict-affected East Timor. Monsignor Cappo, also Vicar-General of the Adelaide Archdiocese, travelled to Timor- Leste in late January to meet with President Jose Ramos-Horta (who survived an assassination attempt in 2008), Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres and senior officials. During discussions with the President, Monsignor Cappo highlighted South Australia's great work in delivering united responses to reduce disadvantage. He also discussed South Australia's work to ensure that social dividends are gained from the expansion of industries, such as mining. "South Australia has a very good relationship with our Timorese neighbours," said Monsignor Cappo. "Timor-Leste is a country that is faced with many social challenges, so it is important that we share some of our strategies to address these issues." East Timor fell into unrest in 2006 following riots in the capital Dili. Five people were killed and 20,000 fled their homes. A year later renewed outbreaks of violence followed in the lead-up to the presidential elections. In 2008, an assassination attempt was made on the current president in a failed coup which saw the Australian Government send in troops to keep order. Monsignor Cappo said since then a number of strategies have been adopted in Timor to engage people in education, employment and training. "These are helping to create a brighter future for the people of Timor-Leste." IN EAST TIMOR: Adelaide's Monsignor David Cappo (right) with East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta, co- recipient of the 1996 Noble Peace Prize. Social issues on Timor agenda John Paul beatification A week of celebrations in Adelaide for the beatification of Pope John Paul II on Sunday May 1 will commence with a Thanksgiving Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral at 6pm on Divine Mercy Sunday. Archbishop Wilson will also celebrate a special Mass for the Polish community on Monday, May 2, in the Cathedral while Vicar General Father Philip Marshall will preside at a liturgical celebration for Catholic school students on Friday May 6. A committee with representatives from the Polish community, the Office for Worship, the Archdiocese's multicultural services and communications has been established. Special events co-ordinator John Luttrell said the beatification was expected to attract huge interest from both the Polish community and South Australians in general. The diocese of Rome has launched a new website dedicated to the beatification and canonisation of Pope John Paul II. Published in seven languages, the site www.karol-wojtyla.org offers news updates and background information on the late pope and his sainthood cause, as well as a live webcam of his tomb in the grotto of St Peter's Basilica.