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God is with us

By Bishop Michael McCarthy of Rockhampton POPE Francis, at the end of the recent Synod on the Family, spoke of the God of Surprises and, for me personally, that was my experience of God in 2014. My year began as parish priest in the parishes of Hendra, Northgate and Hamilton and finished as the Bishop of Rockhampton – the God of ... Read More »

What gifts can we offer this Christmas?

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By Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane CHRISTMAS always evokes a very particular time and place – the Middle East a little more than 2000 years ago. This Christmas, we think of that place at this time. For the Christians of that region where the Word was made flesh, where God became one of us, this Christmas will be a time not of ... Read More »

May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas

By Mercy Sister Berneice Loch, President of Catholic Religious Australia THERE are many reasons for religious women and men all over the world to be rejoicing this year. The season of Advent ushers in the Year of Consecrated Life until it ends on February 2, 2016. We at Catholic Religious Australia hope this period will not only celebrate and showcase the ... Read More »

Mary is a true model for today’s world

By Br John Venard FMS AT Christmas we honour Jesus as Son of God and Mary as his Mother. However we should remember that while on earth, for most of the time, they both led a normal human life and so are ideal models for us battlers in today’s world. During Advent, it would be worthwhile to reflect how Mary ... Read More »

Truth that leads out of the desert

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Ordination Mass of Fr Stephen Camiolo on December 8 at St Stephenís Cathedral SOME years ago I was cheeky enough to say to one of my brother bishops that the Word of God at times was a question, to which he promptly replied, “Nonsense”. But tonight in the book of Genesis ... Read More »

Welcoming the Prince of Peace

Bishop James Foley

By Bishop James Foley of Cairns DURING 2014 the Middle East has seen violence as vicious and as vengeful as ever before. In Jerusalem itself recently people were axed to death as they prayed in a synagogue. Throughout the year there have been reports and grisly online footage of actual beheadings. Why is this part of the world where Christ – ... Read More »

Experiencing a renewed Good News at Christmas

By Fr Michael Lowcock, Diocesan Administrator of Townsville “CHRISTMAS is about children” we say. It is because we see the joy and excitement on their faces at the simplest of things. We see their sense of wonder at the mystery of a child in a crib. We see their simple joy – not in expensive gifts, but in the unwrapping and the ... Read More »

Advent Pastoral Message 2014 – The two become one flesh

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Advent Pastoral Letter Dear brothers and sisters, Marriage has been much on the Church’s mind in recent times. The first of the two sessions of the Synod of Bishops on marriage has recently been held in Rome and the second will follow next year. In another sense, marriage is much on the Church’s mind ... Read More »

Joyful event for Carmelites of Mary Immaculate

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge IN Rome on Sunday, November 23, Pope Francis presided at a canonisation. Among those canonised was Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the Indian founder of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), whom we have serving the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Quite a few of the CMIs working in Brisbane made the pilgrimage to Rome for the canonisation, and ... Read More »

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