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Sharing the light of Christ

By Brian Moore IN Luke 8:16-18, Jesus tells us, “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come ... Read More »

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 »

Love greater than hatred

This is the homily of Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher at the Mass for Victims of Siege at Martin Place in St Maryís Cathedral on December 16. WE are not used to hearing words like siege, terrorist, hostages and security forces associated with our city. Yet for the past day and night we were subjected to pictures and sounds we tend ... Read More »

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 »

Most read stories for 2014

Most read stories 2014

PRIESTS and women religious have been the most popular subjects on The Catholic Leader’s website during the historic first year of relaunch. Since The Catholic Leader’s new website launched in December last year, religious leaders have become our reader’s most popular news story subjects. Among other popular new stories include tributes to some of Australia’s great theologians, human rights activists ... Read More »

May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you

By Bishop Robert McGuckin of Toowoomba AS the year draws to a close we look both backwards and forwards. Globally it has been a very mixed year. From where we are we may say how fortunate we are when we consider many problems around the world, for example: Africa and the Ebola crisis; the Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East with ... Read More »

God is with us

By Bishop Michael McCarthy of Rockhampton POPE Francis, at the end of the recent Synod on the Family, spoke of the God of Surprises and, for me personally, that was my experience of God in 2014. My year began as parish priest in the parishes of Hendra, Northgate and Hamilton and finished as the Bishop of Rockhampton – the God of ... Read More »

What gifts can we offer this Christmas?

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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 »

May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas

By Mercy Sister Berneice Loch, President of Catholic Religious Australia THERE are many reasons for religious women and men all over the world to be rejoicing this year. The season of Advent ushers in the Year of Consecrated Life until it ends on February 2, 2016. We at Catholic Religious Australia hope this period will not only celebrate and showcase the ... Read More »

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