Notre Dame's new Medical Library named in honour of Pope Benedict

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 4-8-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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To acknowledge the visit by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Notre Dame’s new Darlinghurst Site on the Sydney Campus on 18 July, 2008, the University has named its library on that site the Pope Benedict XVI Medical Library.

During his visit to the University, the Holy Father met Notre Dame students and staff, distinguished guests and, especially, spent time with a group of disadvantaged young people who were able to share their stories and their hopes and dreams with him. These young people will be involved in a new program Alive+ being developed jointly by Notre Dame’s Medical School and Centacare in Sydney.

A plaque commemorating the Pope’s visit was unveiled as the Holy Father entered the University through the medical library.

Newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, and Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, formally welcomed the Holy Father to the Darlinghurst Campus. Professor Hammond emphasised what a special day it was for Notre Dame and how much Notre Dame’s Sydney Campus embraced the chance to be identified with Pope Benedict XVI, particularly through its Medical Library.