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The Hon. Barry O'Farrell attended John Caputo’s Farewell Reception at Le Montage
in honour of the Archbishop of Sydney His Eminence Cardinal George Pell
(Exclusive Coverage by Syed Zafar Hussain, Editor-in-Chief Sada-e-Watan Sydney)
The President of the Italian National Day Celebration Committee of Australia Mr. John Caputo OAM, hosted a farewell Reception in the Honour of Archbishop of Sydney His Eminence Cardinal George Pell. The Reception was held at the Le Montage, Lilyfield Sydney on the morning of Thursday, 27th March 2013. His Eminence Cardinal George Pell is leaving Australia because of his appointment as a Senior Role in Rome.
MC Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian AO
Former Chair of Community Relations Commission Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, President of the Anti-Discrimination Board was Master of Ceremonies. This function was attended by Premier of New South Wales The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, The Hon Greg Smith MP, Attorney General of NSW, Hon. Tony Pasin MP, Federal Member for Barker Representing Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbott, Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC, Hon. Marie Ficarra MP. Hon. David Clarke MP, Hon. Anthony John Sidoti MP, Syed Zafar Hussain, Dr.Eman Sharobeem, Ms Pallavi Sinha, Cr.John Chedid Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Consul General of Italy Mr. Sergio Martes and other famous Dignitaries.
In the opening address MC Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, thanks John Caputo for the hosting a historical farewell in the Honour of Archbishop of Sydney His Eminence Cardinal George Pell. Dr Stepan also welcomes Premier of New South Wales The Hon. Barry O'Farrell and all respectable guests.
Premier of New South Wales The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP
Premier The Hon. Barry O'Farrell never read from paper. He always speaks from his heart. Hon. Barry O'Farrell said that in Australian Society Church always gets priority and central position. We surely missed Archbishop of Sydney His Eminence Cardinal George Pell who did a Great work in limited time. We wish him for Good Luck, Happy Life with Health, Success and Bright Future.
Premier of New South Wales Hon. Barry O’Farrell said that everyone have a great respect for His Eminence Cardinal George Pell even our Prime Minister Hon. Tony Abbott who not only sends his special Message of best wishes for the Archbishop of Sydney, Prime Minister also send Hon. Tony Pasin Federal Member for Barker South Australia who will readout PM message and who is Representing Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbott at this Farewell Reception.
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
Archbishop of Sydney His Eminence Cardinal George Pell thanks for cooperation and respect from ordinary person to high level. He said we should treat and behave good with all men and women. He said I was born on 8th June 1941 but still I am learning. His Eminence Cardinal George Pell said we should worship for God but if someone is in crises or difficultly then we have to provides Assistance. Archbishop of Sydney said Australia have a Multicultural Society, we should not interferes anyone Religious or believes. Everyone should respect others values, believes and Cultures. His Eminence Cardinal George Pell said if we wish to permanently avoid from terrorism then it is best that people stop criticise, stick on their Religious, not try to imposed their thoughts to others and always follow the rules of God & Country of residence.
The Hon. Greg Smith, Attorney General and and Minister for Justice NSW
The Attorney General and and Minister for Justice Government of New South Wales & Member for Epping The Honourable (Greg) Gregory Eugene Smith , SC MP highly appreciates the services of Archbishop of Sydney His Eminence Cardinal George Pell. He also thanks Mr. John Caputo for arranging this wonderful Farewell Reception at Le Montage, Lilyfield Sydney. He said that today state weather is in middle of heavy raining and traffic report is also not good but people of all section of life is gathers here to thanks His Eminence Cardinal George for acknowledges his best services including Premier who was busy at the Parliament session but he joins community members on this occasion.
Speech of host of the function Mr. John Caputo OAM
Mr. John Caputo OAM, President of the Italian National Day Celebration Committee
As President and on behalf of the Italian National Day Celebration Committee, I
would like to welcome Premier Barry O'Farrell MP,Our special guest, His Eminence
Cardinal George Pell.
Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Pell to one of the Church’s most senior positions in Rome and we are particularly honoured that he has accepted our invitation to allow us to farewell him as he goes to the Vatican, so very close, one might say, to our former homeland Italy.
We are extremely proud that not only an Australian, but an Australian of his standing and his affinity with the Italian Community, has been called upon to the high Office of Prefect for the Economy for the Holy See at the Vatican.
This position ranks on a par with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, an Italian, second behind the Pope in the church’s hierarchy.
"No Australian cardinal has been appointed to such a senior Vatican role before".
Mr. John Caputo
said Cardinal Pell's interest in and support for young people, marriage and
families has been demonstrated not only in his preaching and many public
statements on these matters, but also in his involvement in founding the
Australian campus of the international John Paul II Institute for Marriage and
He was involved in leading pilgrimages of young Australians to World Youth Days and the twenty-third World Youth Day was held in Sydney in 2008.
This formed the
largest gathering in Australia's history. Over 110,000 registered pilgrims from
more than 170 nations attended, together with 123,000 registered pilgrims from
Cardinal Pell has always been close to the Italian Community, but beyond that, we know that he has been at the forefront of actively supporting Multiculturalism and interfaith harmony.
We shall always remember the occasions when His Eminence joined us in celebrating the Italian National Day, particularly allowing us to celebrate mass, for the occasion, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral.
The Italian Community of New South Wales is greatly appreciative of the ongoing support Cardinal Pell has shown to us and his departure will leave a vast gap in Australian public life, to which he has been a major contributor for decades.
On behalf of everyone here today, I would sincerely like to congratulate you and wish you every success in your new role at the Vatican.
Speech of Hon. Tony Pasin Federal Member for Barker South Australia
The Hon. Tony Pasin Federal Member for Barker SA
On behalf of the Australian Government I thank President John Caputo OAM and members of The Italian National Day Celebration Committee for their invitation to attend today’s celebration to honour and farewell His Eminence George Cardinal Pell AC.
It is a great privilege for me to be here representing the Prime Minster, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP who has asked that I convey his sincere apologies for being unable to join you here today.
His Eminence has made a significant contribution to the Catholic Church in Australia, to our national interfaith dialogue and our society more generally and his appointment by the Holy Father to the position of Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See is truly an immense honour.
In this role His Eminence will occupy the most senior role ever held by an Australian cardinal and it comes as no surprise to me, nor the Prime Minister, that this appointment has been widely acclaimed.
Your Eminence you have dedicated your life to the Catholic Church and you leave behind an Archdiocese that has extended its work dramatically in recent years.
I know that in the years to come, through your new role your Eminence you will continue to add to your long legacy of selfless service and further the good work of the Catholic Church across the globe.
Your Eminence I congratulate you on your appointment and I extend my personal best wishes together with those of the Prime Ministers as you embark on this your new role.
You should your Eminence begin it in the knowledge that your Nation has taken great pride in your appointment.
The Premier of New South Wales Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP and Editor-in-Chief Sada-e-Watan Sydney Syed Zafar Hussain
Premier of NSW Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP and Commissioner of CRC Mr. Michael Christodoulou AM
Cr.John Chedid Lord Mayor of Parramatta and Attorney General of New South Wales The Hon Greg Smith
Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, President of the Anti-Discrimination Board and his Wife
Lawyer Pallavi Sinha, People of Australia Ambassador, The Premier Hon. Barry O'Farrell and Senior Journalist Syed Zafar Hussain
Cr.John Chedid Lord Mayor of Parramatta and Syed Zafar Hussain, Editor-in-Chief Sada-e-Watan
Dr.Eman Sharobeem,Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, President of the Anti-Discrimination Board and his Wife
Host Mr. John Caputo OAM and Former Chair of CRC NSW Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian AO
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