ACU celebrates the Centenary of Apostolic Representation in Australia
Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014
Catholic University (ACU) is celebrating the Centenary of Papal Representation
in Australia with events in Sydney and Canberra from 22-28 November.
foreign minister Archbishop Dominique Mamberti and the Apostolic Nuncio to
Australia Archbishop Paul Gallagher, former Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See
Anne Leahy, and Archbishop Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne and President of
the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, are among the dignitaries
commemorating the event with ACU Chancellor John Fahey, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Greg Craven, and members of the ACU Senate, Chapter and staff, as
well as representatives of Catholic health, education and social services
ACU held an
Academic Act to commemorate the occasion, and has conferred its highest honour,
Doctor of the University (honoris causa), on Archbishop Mamberti at a ceremony
at the Mary MacKillop North Sydney Campus on Monday 24 November. This
campus was the site of the former Apostolic Nuncio’s official residence in
Australia up until the early 1970s.
Gallagher gave a speech of welcome, and Archbishop Mamberti delivered a key
policy statement, “On the Occasion of the Commemoration of the Centenary of
Papal Representation in Australasia”.
will be held in Canberra between the Nunciature and the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade, and will include a visit to the Signadou Canberra Campus on
Mr Fahey said
ACU was honoured to be hosting Archbishop Mamberti for this significant
commemoration of the Centenary of Papal Representation in Australia.
stands within the long tradition of Catholic contributions to education and to
the common good which have been hallmarks of the Vatican’s diplomatic agenda
for over a century in Australia and for many centuries internationally,” Mr
has a particular connection with the Holy See’s Diplomatic initiatives since
the building which now houses the University’s Vice-Chancellery was, until
1973, the Holy See’s delegation in Australia. In this capacity it served
as the base for the 1970 Visit to Australia by Blessed Pope Paul VI.”
In marking this
commemoration with a significant Academic Act, ACU highlights its ongoing
connection with and commitment to the Church’s mission to promote the common
good and the dignity of all persons which have for so long characterised the
efforts of the Diplomatic Service and, indeed, the Church’s educational
Archbishop Mamberti and Englishman Archbishop Gallagher represent two of the
most senior members of the Holy See with their recent nominations for the
positions of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and
Secretary for Relations with States respectively.
Australia and the Holy See have strengthened considerably over the 100 years
since the first Papal Delegate arrived in Sydney in 1914. Full diplomatic
relations were established in 1973, with the first Nunciature in Canberra, a
role that up until now, was held by Archbishop Gallagher. Over the last
century, these formal connections have extended to include dialogue on a wide
range of areas including human rights, political and religious freedom,
interfaith dialogue, food security, arms control, refugees and anti-people
trafficking, and climate change.
played host to four papal visits – Pope Paul VI in 1970, and Pope St John Paul
II in 1986 and again in 1995 – and Sydney was the venue for World Youth Day in
2008, when more than 1 million people from an estimated 200 countries joined
with Pope Benedict XVI for a week long festival of faith. ACU is the largest
Catholic University in the English-speaking world.