MULTICULTURALISM was on full show at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane on August 27 as more than 1000 people from at least 20 ethnic communities gathered to celebrate together.
They gathered in national dress to thank God and celebrate the diversity of Australia’s people, in conjunction with Refugee and Migrant Sunday.
Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby concelebrated the Mass with chaplains from the Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Maronite, Italian, East Timorese and Samoan communities.
Six national choirs sang various parts of the celebration.
Centre for Multicultural and Pastoral Care director Clyde Cosentino said the celebration was a coming together of faith in a cross-cultural context.
Archbishop Bathersby said one of the great tragedies of modern life was that people did not know one another as well as they should, and this could be so terribly true of Australians who in comparison with many others lived in their own small paradise, to a certain extent cut off from the rest of the world.