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Praying in unity

Praying in unity

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridgeís homily delivered on the Feast of the Holy Family on December 28 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. ONCE upon a time, certainly before the rise of the nation state, the family was absolutely fundamental to human life in just about any of its forms. The family was crucial for social welfare because there was ... Read More »

Calling us out of the darkness into the light

Calling us out of the darkness into the light

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Homily from Christmas Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral THE fact is that we don’t know exactly when Jesus Christ was born. They didn’t keep records back in those days and they wouldn’t have known themselves on which day they were born. So why do we celebrate his birth on this particular day, December 25? To ... Read More »

What gifts can we offer this Christmas?

What gifts can we offer this Christmas?

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 »

Truth that leads out of the desert

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 »

Advent Pastoral Message 2014 – The two become one flesh

Advent Pastoral Message 2014 – The two become one flesh

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

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 »

Their witness to Christ strengthens us all

Their witness to Christ strengthens us all

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge IN Western societies, the word “patriarch” has had a bad press in recent times. It’s acquired a negative tinge, largely because of the pressure of the different kinds of feminism that have emerged. But that’s certainly not true for the Christian Churches of the East. Just recently we’ve had in Brisbane the Patriarch of the Maronite ... Read More »

Leaders peacefully speaking the truth

Leaders peacefully speaking the truth

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge AT a recent meeting of the Brisbane-based Heads of Churches, we discussed the difficulties faced by the Muslim community at this time. We decided that it was time for us to meet with Islamic leaders not only to express our solidarity, but to explore what we might do together to ease tensions. We felt we couldn’t ... Read More »

A vocation of love

A vocation of love

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s  homily  from the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 4  THEY say that God has a sense of humour. It would seem to be so given that here today, as we celebrate long years of marriage, the figure which God gives us to interpret your journey, the deeper meaning of your ... Read More »

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