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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

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 »

The apostle of Rome

New era: Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrating the Mass for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation on the feast of St Philip Neri at the Church of Mary Immaculate at Annerley, Brisbane, on May 26.

This is a homily ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE gave at a Solemn Mass for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation on the feast of St Philip Neri at the Church of Mary Immaculate at Annerley, Brisbane, on May 26. LIKE all the saints, Filippo di Neri – or Philip Neri as we know him – doesn’t quite add up. There’s a strangeness ... Read More »

Voice of hope

This is a homily ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE gave at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on May 22 to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador, the following day. ARCHBISHOP Oscar Romero was killed on the evening of March 24, 1980. He was celebrating Mass; he’d just finished the homily and ... Read More »

Preserving peace and freedom

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Anzac Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral. WE know what happened on this day 100 years ago at Anzac Cove.  The facts have been much reported and photographed. But what’s less clear is the meaning of the facts; that’s why we have so many different interpretations of what happened. Was it ... Read More »

Listening not speaking

Synod family

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge THE Synod next October has been much on my mind.  What time I’ve been able to gouge out of the diary I’ve spent boning up on the many complex issues that will be on the table at the Synod.  The more you look at them, the more complex they become.  But the Synod has been on ... Read More »

Easter is always and everywhere

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Easter Sunday homily ON Good Friday morning, after the Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral, I had an encounter with a lady who had come to the Cathedral to protest, which is of course her right. She was anxious about a number of things in the Church, one of which was sexual abuse. ... Read More »

Pope Francis leads in evangelical imagination

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge POPE Francis has just completed two years in office and what a two years they have been. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St Peter’s, he has shown himself to be a pope of surprises. Even to the people of his native Argentina, he’s been a surprise. An Argentinian bishop I met in ... Read More »

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