Jesuit priest guiding Nic's "spiritual homecoming"

This week CathNews presents the top stories from 2006. This story was originally published on 13 June 2006

A close religious confidant to Nicole Kidman, Jesuit Fr Paul Coleman, says the actor has returned to the Church on the eve of her marriage to country singer Keith Urban.

"For Nicole, you know, this is a spiritual homecoming, coming back to the church and her faith in her old parish," he said.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Fr Coleman is chaplain at Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney. The church has reportedly been chosen as the venue for the nuptials on 25 June.

It is also where Kidman attended Easter Mass with her parents, Anthony and Janelle, last year.

Since her split from Tom Cruise in 2001, Kidman has returned to her Catholic roots, attending Mass regularly. She abandoned her faith when she married Cruise in a Church of Scientology ceremony at his isolated estate in Colorado in 1990.

Kidman has since been granted an annulment on the basis that her first marriage did not conform to the requirements of the Church.

Fr Coleman was instrumental in advising Kidman's family on the annulment.

But the priest said the family's wish was that "everything stays under wraps". He said no booking for the wedding had been made at the chapel.

Speculation that the ceremony could be held in the chapel at Monte Sant'Angelo College, North Sydney, was doubtful, he said.

"I don't believe either chapel is large enough to accommodate such a social wedding."

The wedding will be a star-studded affair. Guests are said to include Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer, and Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, as well as Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng.

Guests have reportedly been contacted to confirm the date, and told to wait for a second secretive communique to confirm the location and time.

The wedding is likely to be held under the cover of nightfall to reduce photographic interest.

Helicopter pilots, photographers, chefs and stylists retained at great expense have all signed confidentiality contracts.

In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple has provided guests with a list of charities and asked them to donate.


Nic returning to her spiritual home (Sydney Morning Herald, 11/6/2006)
Kidman wedding seen as spiritual homecoming for Catholic actress (Catholic News Service, 9/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Nicole Kidman (Wikipedia)

Kidman seeks Catholic education (Cathnews, 18/4/2005)

Annulment of Marriage, Marriage Tribunal, Archdiocese of Sydney

Annulment (Wikipedia)

Marriage, Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church

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