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East Timor to be pilgrim destination

A NEWLY independent East Timor has the potential to become an Easter pilgrimage destination for Southern Hemisphere Christians, says former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer.

Mr Fischer, a Catholic, led an Australian Observer Delegation to help oversee the popular consultation for independence in the troubled territory last August.

His impressions have been published in a book titled Ballot and Bullets: Seven Days in East Timor, which was launched last month by Governor-General Sir William Deane.

In an interview with The Catholic Leader last week, Mr Fischer said East Timor faced a bright future. He said tourism was likely to be one of the best opportunities for the new fledging nation.

He said the island’s giant statue of Jesus Christ could be a focal point for pilgrimages and suggested Australian tour operators could start preparing for the first pilgrims to visit East Timor as early as Easter 2001.

Written by: Staff writers
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