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Archbishop reflects on first meeting with Pope Francis

Archbishop reflects on first meeting with Pope Francis

“THE impression Pope Francis gave was that he was going to make the papacy rather than have the papacy make him.“ Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said this had been a key thought during his first meeting with the Pope in Rome recently. “He is very much his own man, perhaps because he is so evidently a man of God,” he ... Read More »

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

CATHOLICS in Brisbane archdiocese and throughout the universal Church can give input into 38 questions on how Church teaching on marriage and family is promoted and how well it is accepted. Responses are to be summarised and sent to the Vatican by the end of January. The questions are part of a preparatory document for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops ... Read More »

Campaign yields many fruits

Campaign yields many fruits

BRISBANE archdiocese’s Annual Catholic Campaign has had multiple benefits apart from raising more than $1 million, according to co-chair James McKay and others involved in the campaign. “It was also an excellent way of highlighting the many amazing things the Catholic Church does in so many different areas,” Mr McKay, who co-chaired the campaign with his wife Patrice, said. “The ... Read More »

Br Venard offers his last book

Br Venard offers his last book

MARIST Brother John Venard, a regular columnist for The Catholic Leader, has launched a new book – Finally, The Battler’s God. Br Venard, at the recent launch at Marist College Ashgrove, where he lives in retirement, said the word “finally” was in the title because this seventh book would be his last. As with his previous books, this one is ... Read More »

New chapel for missionaries

New chapel for missionaries

VERBUM Dei Brisbane missionary sisters now have the protection of St Pio of Pietrelcina, St Therese of Lisieux, and three Carmelite martyrs from Guadalajara, Mex-ico, at their new home in Bardon. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge chose to give relics of these five saints, which now remain under their newly blessed altar in Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity chapel. He also celebrated ... Read More »

Choir to sing tribute to St Nicolas

Choir to sing tribute to St Nicolas

ST Nicolas, not “the jolly old Santa Claus in a red suit”, will be celebrated by St Stephen’s Cathedral Choir on Sunday, November 24. The choir and schola, with accompaniment from the Pulse Chamber Orchestra from the University of Queensland, will deliver the tribute in a cantata “St Nicolas” by famed British composer Benjamin Britten. Cathedral music director Dr Ralph ... Read More »

Centacare runners set cool record

Centacare runners set cool record

CENTACARE Brisbane this year entered its largest team for the Cool Night Classic run and walk through Brisbane’s central business district on October 31. The team was made up of Centacare and Brisbane archdiocesan staff, with entrants either running or walking the 3km or 5km course. Race organisers awarded this year’s charity partners $100,000 raised from the event. Centacare has ... Read More »

Cyclists blessed for ride from city heart

Cyclists blessed for ride from city heart

INSPIRED by the survival story of a former triathlon competitor, 45 cyclists rode from Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral to Ipswich for menALIVE’s Blessing of the Bikes and Memorial Ride. The blessing and ride is a tradition in many European countries, where cyclists receive a prayer of safety and protection, and blessing from a priest at the beginning of the cycling ... Read More »

Work still to do after council

Work still to do after council

FIFTY years since the Second Vatican Coun-cil introduced significant changes to the sac-red liturgy, South Coast Deanery recently considered how well parishes had applied the changes. Gathering at St Augustine and St Monica’s Church, Coolangatta-Tugun, more than 120 people answered a question posed by Pope Francis in a homily on April 16. He called the council “a beautiful work” but ... Read More »

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