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CATH NEWS REPORT: The new Australian pilgrim centre in Rome, Domus Australia, has begun taking bookings for July onwards, reports the Catholic News Agency.

"The second purpose is to strengthen the links between the city of Rome - which is the home of the Pope, home of the Successor of Peter - and Australia, which is nearly as far away as you can be," Cardinal Pell told CNA.Sydney's Cardinal George Pell described the newly renovated pilgrim centre as "a house, a community of religious inspiration", the report said.

"The thinking was to create in a very old tradition of pilgrim centres in Rome," the rector of the Domus Australia, Father Anthony Denton, told the news agency.

"That means that Australians can come here and have some sort of orientation when they visit Rome rather than just get stuck on the number 64 bus, getting robbed. They can actually come here and get information and have a nice place to stay."

The centre is situated only five minutes walk from the city's main Termini train station. It's a former Marist Brother's house of studies built in the 19th century. Three years ago, though, it was acquired by the Catholic Church in Australia. It's since been heavily renovated and restored.

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