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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:27

Pope Francis sends message to Australia’s indigenous community

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PopeFrancis150Pope Francis sends a response to a video message recorded in Alice Springs from those who experienced firsthand the impact of St John Paul II’s iconic words to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs on 29 November 1986.

A letter accompanied the video, along with Spanish translations, which expressed the power of the event in Alice Springs.

Pope Francis wrote, “This anniversary affords me the happy opportunity to express my deep esteem for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for your ancient cultural heritage”.

"Uniting my voice to that of Saint John Paul II, I encourage you in his words: 'Your culture,which shows the lasting genius and dignity of your race, must not be allowed to disappear.'"

Read and download the full letter and blessing from Pope Francis here.