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The Lord works in mysterious ways

By Ted Richardson A FEW weeks ago, a seafarer was medevacked off a ship. He was diagnosed with the late stages of leukaemia. His outcome is uncertain. A shipping company brought his wife, Divine, out from the Philippines to help build his spirits. Our pastoral care team has spent a great deal of time working with Divine and her husband ... Read More »

Mariama battles poverty as a sole parent in Niger

IN Niger, West Africa, almost three million people are living in extreme poverty. More than 40 per cent of the country’s people either can’t afford to buy food or can’t access it. Without the food they need, many people are living on the brink of survival, and bringing up children can be heartbreaking. Thankfully, Mariama is receiving the essential food ... Read More »

Archbishop writes on Royal Commission

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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

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 »

Time of grace

This is an edited version of Pope Francisí 2015 Lenten Message, issued on October 4, 2014, Feast of St Francis of Assisi. “Make your heart firm”(James 5:8) DEAR Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God does ... Read More »

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


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

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 »

From Brisbane to the Holy Land

Brisbane Carmelite of Mary Immaculate Father Paul Chackanikunnel will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October. He writes of “the moving experience” of leading a similar pilgrimage late last year. PILGRIMS in last September’s trip to the Holy Land considered it a blessing to visit places where Jesus was born, lived, died and was resurrected. He was not ... Read More »

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