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A moment full of hope

Anzac Cove boat

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the 2014 ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephenís Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there being ... Read More »

Papal saints of different styles but same ministry

Papal saints

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge  THE two popes canonised last weekend were men of very different background, personality and style; and there’s been much comment about the decision of Pope Francis to canonise both men on the same day. Many saw it as an attempt to bridge the ideological divide in the Church, which made the decision largely political. But it ... Read More »

The world needs the mercy of God

Talking Point by Archbishop Julian Porteous IN the year 2000, as a new millennium was being ushered in, Pope John Paul II instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy, a feast to be celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. Clearly in the mind of the pope was the particular relevance of this feast and the devotion to the Divine Mercy ... Read More »

Easter is a time for hope

EASTER will soon be upon us, bunnies will emerge from hiding and eggs will be hidden around the house for children to find. It is a time of great fun, particularly for children. So who would want to talk about a man being tortured to death 2000 years ago and then supposedly rising from the dead. I, for one, would. ... Read More »

May the undying hope of Easter reach your life

THERE’S something awfully final about a grave or a tomb. When the tomb of Jesus was sealed with a big round stone, that stone must have seemed like a cosmic full-stop. The party was over. The world is full of what seem like full-stops – situations that seem hopeless. Easter says that there’s no such thing as an ultimately hopeless ... Read More »

Remembering the peace and joy Michael Putney gave the world

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily at Bishop Michael Putney’s funeral Mass in Townsville on April 7.  IN the dark before dawn on a Friday in Lent, Michael Ernest Putney, fifth Bishop of Townsville, slipped peacefully into eternity. He became the first Bishop of the See to die in office. Terence McGuire died as Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn; ... Read More »

Former Gold Coast mayor backs ‘Buy a Brick’ project

By Emilie Ng FORMER Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon is in full support of Surfers Paradise parish’s fundraising campaign, “Buy a Brick”, to build a new church at Broadbeach. Mr Baildon was announced in the parish as the patron for the campaign last weekend. He has been a parishioner at St Vincent’s Church, Surfers Paradise, for more than 50 years, ... Read More »

Pope’s words to be guiding light

PREPARING FOR JOYA Lenten Examination of Conscience, by Archbishop Mark Coleridge “THE joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and the lives of those who encounter Jesus”: with these words, Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, which I want to be the charter of the Archdiocese of Brisbane as we shape the future that Jesus ... Read More »

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