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EWTN to telecast Sydney Pontifical Vespers

The Archbishop of Sydney, His Eminence Cardinal Pell, celebrated Pontifical Vespers on the Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16th July in S' Augustine's church, Balmain (Archdiocese of Sydney). The Vespers was one of the Juventutem celebrations leading up to World Youth Day. EWTN filmed the ceremony, and will be broadcasting it on Thursday night and Friday morning US time in their Life on the Rock segment.

Several hundred pilgrims attended Vespers, with more than 20 priests and the Bishop of Lismore (Most Rev'd Geoffrey Jarrett) and the Bishop-emeritus of Christchurch (Most Rev'd Basil Meeking) in attendance.

Here are some photographs of the event, taken by Dr Chris Steward and Tom Kwok.

Pilgrims greet the Cardinal:

The Cardinal aspersing the congregation upon being received at S' Augustine's church:

World Youth Day pilgrims fill the church:

The Cardinal praying at the foot of the altar

(also pictured +Msgr Geoffrey Jarrett and +Msgr Basil Meeking):

Chanting of the psalms:

The Cardinal incensing the altar:

During the Cardinal's homily:

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament given by His Eminence:

Father Mark of EWTN interviewing the Cardinal: