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Preserving peace and freedom

Preserving peace and freedom

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Anzac Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral. WE know what happened on this day 100 years ago at Anzac Cove.  The facts have been much reported and photographed. But what’s less clear is the meaning of the facts; that’s why we have so many different interpretations of what happened. Was it ... Read More »

Listening not speaking

Listening not speaking

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge THE Synod next October has been much on my mind.  What time I’ve been able to gouge out of the diary I’ve spent boning up on the many complex issues that will be on the table at the Synod.  The more you look at them, the more complex they become.  But the Synod has been on ... Read More »

Easter is always and everywhere

Easter is always and everywhere

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Easter Sunday homily ON Good Friday morning, after the Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral, I had an encounter with a lady who had come to the Cathedral to protest, which is of course her right. She was anxious about a number of things in the Church, one of which was sexual abuse. ... Read More »

Pope Francis leads in evangelical imagination

Pope Francis leads in evangelical imagination

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge POPE Francis has just completed two years in office and what a two years they have been. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St Peter’s, he has shown himself to be a pope of surprises. Even to the people of his native Argentina, he’s been a surprise. An Argentinian bishop I met in ... Read More »

Archbishop writes on Royal Commission

Archbishop writes on Royal Commission

This is a letter from Archbishop Mark Coleridge to all the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Brisbane on a report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The letter was released on February 19. IN early December 2013, I wrote to you concerning the then upcoming Royal Commission public hearing which was ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge on cricket

Archbishop Mark Coleridge on cricket

As Australia and New Zealand host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup through February and March, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, an avid fan, was asked for his thoughts on the Cup and to choose his ‘dream’ Australian team from the players he had watched. Here’s his response. “I’M very much looking forward to the Cricket World Cup. It’s a once-in-a-generation chance ... Read More »

On the road together

On the road together

A Lenten Pastoral Letter by Archbishop Mark Coleridge THE 40 days of Lent find us on a journey from last year’s first session of the synod on marriage and the family to the second session later this year, which I will attend. In recent times and in places like Australia, there’s been intense, even excessive focus on certain hot-button issues ... Read More »

Inspired by India

Inspired by India

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge recently visited India to meet with leaders of two religious congregations with priests ministering in Brisbane archdiocese. This is a reflection he wrote about his journey. I DOUBT that I will ever get used to India.  I’d been there before, a few years back, but my recent visit was so full of surprises that it felt ... Read More »

Called to witness to Gospel truth

Called to witness to Gospel truth

This is an edited version of a homily Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave at a Mass for the Brisbane archdiocese Curia and cathedral precinct staff in St Stephen’s Cathedral on February 5. ONE of the great treasures of the Archdiocese of Brisbane is this cathedral precinct, standing as it does right at the heart of the central business district of the ... Read More »

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