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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 14th 2009
12 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 15, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Meeting Pope sparked tears of joy Pope Benedict XVI greets Vanessa Forcella in the Vatican. A LOCAL university student cried tears of joy after meeting the Pope in Rome last month. Vanessa Forcella, who attends the Australian Catholic Univer- sity's Strathfield campus, was one of six Australian university students who met Pope Benedict XVI. The students had travelled to Rome with Cardinal George Pell to receive an icon commissioned by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Known as the Sedes Sapientia, the icon has been travelling through European countries and has now been entrusted to Aust- ralian students to inspire them to bring Christianity to life in their universities. ''Iwasoneofthelasttogoupto the altar at St Peter's Basilica to meet His Holiness -- my heart was pounding out of my chest and I was just trying not to get too overwhelmed,'' Ms Forcella said. ''He asked me what I studied and he spoke in Italian, which threw me a little, but honestly he could have just nodded and smiled and it would have been enough. ''When I got back to my seat it all hit me and I started crying.'' The 21-year-old, who has fin- ished exercise science studies, will begin a diploma of education at the Strathfield campus this year. ''The whole experience was just amazing and something I never thought I'd actually be able to do,'' she said. ''I felt very blessed.'' Know your limit, says footy star KELLY ROBINSON DRINKING in moderation and trustworthy mates who know when to pull you into line is the key to a good night out for League star Matt Ballin. The Sea Eagles hooker is a supporter of the Inner-West Weekly's bid to eradicate binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled viol- ence. The initiative, launched in con- junction with other Cumberland and Courier newspapers across Sydney, is raising awareness of drink-driving and alcohol-fuelled incidents, and trying to change the mindset of adolescents who view binge drinking as normal behav- iour. Ballin said partygoers needed to use a commonsense and respon- sible approach to drinking. ''It's all right to have a few drinks but it's important to be sensible about it and know when to stop,'' he said. ''It's also good to have mates who will let you know when you've had enough. That's what is good about the Manly guys, we might go out for drinks but there's always someone there who will pull you into line.'' Ballin said planning the night in advance was also important. ''Even if a cab costs $50 or $60, it's cheaper than paying a fine or, worse still, having an accident and hurting yourself or someone else,'' he said. ''I'm sure everyone who has been caught drink-driving or had an accident would much rather have paid for the cab if they had their time again.''
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