Subject: ABC: East Timor Bishop thanks South Australia for support

ABC News Online

Sun, 22 Apr 2001 14:23 AEST

East Timor Bishop thanks South Australia for support

East Timor's Bishop Carlos Belo will make a flying visit to Adelaide this afternoon to thank South Australia for its support during his country's struggle for independence.

Catholic Priest Father John Herd, says the people of South Australia played a significant role.

"He was conscious of the prayerful support of the many people of Adelaide which really gave moral support to him and his people, the financial support contribution to different aid organisations," Father Herd said.

"So he's aware that the people of South Australia really contributed."

Bishop Belo will meet with Archbishop Leonard Faulkner at an informal reception before flying out to Sydney this evening where he will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of the Australian Catholic University.

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