2009-12-20

We believe in ...

Special Nielsen Poll: Faith in Australia 2009

We believe in miracles, and UFOs

Our faith today

Faith sometimes divides us, but that's OK

Survey shows religion still has the numbers

(all from Sydney Morning Herald, 09-12-19)

So it is not surprising that we also believe in this, our miraculous Saint Mary:

The Vatican last night cleared the way for Mary MacKillop to become Australia's first saint by endorsing her second miracle.

The Congregation of the Causes of Saints issued a papal decree about 11.30pm Sydney time recognising the miracle - the complete and permanent cure of a Hunter Valley woman of inoperable lung cancer and secondary cancer of the brain.

MacKillop, who died in 1909, was an educator of the poor. She co-founded a religious order, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, which has 1000 nuns and a central chapel in North Sydney today.

She was beatified in 1995 after the recognition of her first miracle - the cure in 1961 of a woman with leukaemia who prayed for the nun's intercession. Since then MacKillop, the daughter of Scottish immigrants, has developed a large following and has been credited with intercession in many high-profile medical cases.

(Our Mother Mary: a model for the world, SMH 09-12-20)