Atheist leader enthusiastic about first Australian saint
Catholic World News - August 05, 2010
Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, an avowed atheist, joined Cardinal George Pell at a dinner to raise funds for the October canonization of Blessed Mary MacKillop, who will be Australia’s first native saint. Gillard remarked that the canonization will be important ''for all of us who may not share the Catholic faith but still deeply respect the great contribution of the church and of Australian Catholics to the social fabric of our nation.'' She promised to contribute $1.5 million in government support for the ceremony and for pilgrims traveling to Rome for the occasion—provided that she wins re-election.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our September expenses ($14,363 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!