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‘Be More’ – the theme for Project Compassion 2021

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has presided over the launch of Project Compassion 2021, explaining that “God wants to give all His children what they need for life”. Usually brimming to capacity with Catholic school students and teachers, this year’s Project Compassion Mass inside Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral was a scaled-down affair due to COVID-19 restrictions. Archbishop Coleridge told a small ... Read More »

Learning to lament this Lenten season

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked ... Read More »

Giving correction to 10 falsehoods

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge AUSTRALIAN-born Margaret Somerville is Professor of Law at McGill University in Canada and a world-renowned ethicist. In Sydney recently she said “euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values”. Her words could be adapted to same-sex marriage, which is not “an ... Read More »

Ordained to be part of ‘God’s solution’

Faithful servants: Archbishop Mark Coleridge with Fr Paul Eloagu (left) and Fr Odinaka Nwadike after their ordination at St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 29. Photo: Alan Edgecomb

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Mass of priestly ordination for Fr Odinaka Nwadike and Fr Paul Eloagu at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on June 29. EARLY in life they would have seemed two ordinary enough young Jewish men – one a budding businessman, the other a promising rabbinic scholar. One had been born in far-flung Galilee and ... Read More »

Understanding marriage


RECENTLY I’ve been studying up on the history of marriage – in part because of the same-sex marriage debate but also because of the Synod later this year. One thing is clear – the profile of marriage has been anything but consistent through history. Marriage has been many things down the centuries; and this warns against a static, classicist view ... Read More »

Dalai Lama welcomed as ‘witness of hope’

Archbishop Mark Coleridge welcomes The Dalai Lama to Brisbane's Cathedral of St Stephen

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s welcome to the Dalai Lama and others gathered for a multifaith service for world peace at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on June 11. EACH religion speaks of the divine in its own way. Like many others here, I am a child of the Bible, and I welcome Your Holiness to this cathedral which is a ... Read More »

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