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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor says that the desolation of post-modernity is leading people back to God

04/09/2006

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has delivered three public lectures in Australia, which he is visiting as the guest of the three major dioceses of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The visit is his first to Australia in his official capacity as Cardinal and president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

'Belief and Being in a Faithless World' was the subject of the first lecture, which was delivered on Sunday 27th August in Sydney at the Scots Church Auditorium.

Following a visit to the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, meetings with Catholic agencies and a symposium on evangelisation, on Thursday 31st August, the Cardinal delivered his second public lecture entitled  'Selling Everything for the Sake of the Kingdom' , which examined the place of Young People in the Church and the World.

In this lecture, the Cardinal looked at what it is like to be a young person living in the post-modern world and concluded that the desolation of post-modernity was leading people back to God.

“I believe that today many young people are themselves part of a community which is searching, and that search (for God, community and the poor) is a challenge to the whole Church to journey with them in their seeking.” .

The Cardinal's lecture series concluded in Brisbane on 2nd September 2006 when he spoke about  'Communion & Mission: priorities for renewal in a Diocese' .