Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mary's Big Day Goes on Screen

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mary's Big Day Goes on Screen

Article excerpt

FATHER John Hogan was among the members of Rockhampton's Catholic faithful who last night watched Mary MacKillop's canonisation through technology more accustomed to a sports stadium than a 110-year-old cathedral.

The canonisation was broadcast directly from Rome to Rockhampton onto a 584cm screen set up at the front of St Joseph's Cathedral.

The first telecast inside the cathedral made for a unique atmosphere.

Earlier in the day more than 1200 people filled the cathedral for a special Mary MacKillop Mass a one of a number of services across the region honouring Australia's first saint.

As he helped set up for last night's screening, Father Hogan spoke about the lift the canonisation had provided across Central Queensland with Mary MacKillop's story capturing the imagination of the church congregation.

"I think this is recognition of an incredible Australian woman," Father Hogan said.

"She had such compassion, a love of God that flowed into her relationships with people and absolute trust that never wavered in her faith. …

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