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Anything to help end child abuse welcome

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has defended the Vatican’s response to the United Nations report on the Church’s response to child sexual abuse cases in an interview with the ABC Radio’s The World Today recently. A report from the UN released in early February urged the Vatican to “immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers”. Archbishop Coleridge said the report ... Read More »

Church ‘treasures’ meant to be shared

Brisbane ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE says young people need to be helped to read the Scriptures if they want to understand why the Church teaches what she teaches. PASSING on the treasures of the faith to the younger generation is absolutely fundamental to the life of the Church. We’ve been doing it for 2000 years and the Lord Jesus calls us ... Read More »

Pope gives direction with evangelisation

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ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE sheds some light on the best ways for Catholics to evangelise.EVANGELISATION’S a big word for something that, at its heart, is very simple.It simply means passing on to others the good news that we have received from Jesus himself.Now Jesus is the good news, He gives us himself and He expects us not just to sit on ... Read More »

Mary was a leader of exceptional quality

ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE sheds light on the leadership role of women in the Church. IN a culture like ours, the question of the ordination of women as deacons, or priests, or bishops, is a thorny one, and very often what the Church teaches on this matter can seem very unjust, treating women as if they were inferior beings or somehow ... Read More »

Mary’s motherly support is vital in our Church

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the shrine in Fatima, Portugal

Sacred Space by Br John Venard FMS IN 1946 with  the Second World War ending there was an acute shortage of teachers with soldiers returning home from the war and I missed out on teacher training. Beginning my teaching career was a challenge especially when I was given a class of 66 boys but in those days pupils were more ... Read More »

Listening to the voice of Jesus here and now

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ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE is urging Catholics to seek out Jesus and experience His redeeming embrace. THERE was once a famous, old Italian priest who had a great gift for talking to young people, especially university students. One day he was asked a question by one of the students in a big gathering and he paused for a moment before he ... Read More »

Archbishop marvels at attitude of friend

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

WHEN Archbishop Mark Coleridge became Brisbane archdiocese’s leader in 2012, he looked forward to working more closely with his old friend, Townsville Bishop Michael Putney. “Little did I think when I came to Brisbane that I would be accompanying him on the journey to death and beyond,” the archbishop said. “Our friendship went back to the late 1970s when he ... Read More »

We’ve got all we want, except joy

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Australian society is fast becoming a hedonistic and selfish culture, and one that does not satisfy the human heart. So what is life really about? Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares his thoughts. ONE of the strange things about a place like Australia is that we have so much, but so many people are so unhappy. It was once said that we ... Read More »

The baptism of the Lord

Liturgy Lines by Elizabeth Harrington JANUARY 12 is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the liturgical calendar. It is also the last day of the Christmas season. Celebrations of the Lord’s baptism first appeared in the east. On January 6, the date of the winter solstice, the Church there commemorated the Epiphany, or manifestation, of Christ. Unlike ... Read More »

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