By EMMA CORNFORD
AN Easter candle symbolising the resurrection of Christ was lit as parishioners of Saint Mary's and students from St Mary's and McAuley Catholic College gathered for a Requiem Mass for the pope yesterday morning.
Father Rex Hackett, who oversaw the service, said there were more than 200 people at the mass, but the feeling of sadness had given way to one of celebration.
"It was more a feeling of celebration for a life well-lived and that the pope's suffering has finished and he's at rest," he said. "There were a lot of young people there who were very interested in praying for the pope."
During the mass, people gave thanks for the pope's 84 years and prayed for his eternal life and for the cardinals who will elect his successor.
"We prayed that they will elect a new pope by listening to God and choosing the person who God wants," Father Hackett said.