Pope Blesses Cornerstone of Sydney Seminary

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI blessed the cornerstone of the future Redemptoris Mater seminary of Sydney, Australia.

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Present at the ceremony, at the end of today’s general audience, were the city’s archbishop, Cardinal George Pell, and the seminary rector, Father Erich Skruznyd.

Currently, the international diocesan center of formation has 20 candidates for the priesthood, reported Vatican Radio.

There are some 50 Redemptoris Mater seminaries worldwide, with 1,500 seminarians. More than 1,000 graduates of these seminaries have been ordained to the priesthood.

The Redemptoris Mater seminaries were inspired by the Christian way of life of the Neocatechumenal Way.

According to its statutes, the Neocatechumenal Way is «at the service of diocesan bishops and parish priests as a way of discovering the sacrament of baptism, and of continuing education in the faith.»

The Neocatechumenal Way is present in more than 900 dioceses. One of its co-founders, Kiko Argüello, is an auditor in the current Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist.

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