By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
In his first public act since arriving in Sydney on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI today praised Australia’s efforts to reconcile with its indigenous population, saying it offers “hope to peoples all over the world who long to see their rights affirmed and their contribution to society acknowledged and promoted.”
At roughly 10:00 am in Sydney, Benedict visited Government House, the official residence of the governor of New South Wales. The pope was greeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia.
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