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JCI comes back through Canberra

By Joe Canberran 20 February 2008 27

The what you say? Well if you did you obviously are not a Catholic as the JCI is the Journey of the Cross and Icon, part of the Catholic Churches’ World Youth Day.

The Prime Minister held a welcome for the Micks on Monday at Parliament House and the big wooden thing that people get nailed to that is a symbol of peace (wtf?) and the Icon (can anyone tell me what the Icon actually is?) has since gone on procession around Goulburn, Yass and the South Coast. The Procession is due back in the ACT on Friday and hits all the Catholic schools, hospitals, parishes and the odd notable Canberra location (the war memorial, reconciliation place, the AIS) over the next couple of days before going down to the Snowie Mountains on Tuesday 23 Feb.

The JCI’s Canberra itinerary can be found here.

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GEZ 8:18 pm 25 Feb 08

hey read the comments, fair enough. It’s like saying that the sea is blue, but unless you experience seeing the blue sea in a picture or in person it means nothing to you. I have been involved with the Cross and Icon “festivities”. I think that people have put alot of focus on the cross and icon as objects. however i don’t want to retract from the gift they are as symbols, they were given to the youth of the world by the late John Paul II. they say you can tell if a tree is good by its fruit, and much of the fruit is good, these symbols have brought healing to people in some of the most war torn areas of our world. they were snuck by youth trough the iron curtain as a sign of hope. I pray that people can look beyond a giant wooden cross and a nice picture and find hope, love and the hand of mercy offered by christ to everyone. if anyone has any questions please post them and i would be happy to chat.

Absent Diane 9:01 am 21 Feb 08

that hitchens book is fantastic. Love the guys writing style.

Okay, that’s _not_fücking_funny_ John.

John Tuttle 10:05 pm 20 Feb 08

Cost to the taxpayer: $37.5million at last count. I’m not joking. Funds provided “to the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney as a contribution to the cost of hosting World Youth Day”.


The cat did it 7:47 pm 20 Feb 08

thanks for the puns, punsters. This is a desperate attempt by Cardinal Pell & co to whip up some media hysteria and drum up some activity in the soul-saving business. Pathetic parading of pseudo-relics. Religion gets excused way too readily. If you believe in fairies you can be put away, but if you believe in angels you’re lauded and called sincere.
Your homework tonight is to read Christopher Hitchens’ book “god is not great”. Class dismissed.

Absent Diane 4:45 pm 20 Feb 08

maybe we should um.. um.. buddha the hell out of this post.

(apologies I couldn’t think of anything)

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