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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What gifts can we offer this Christmas?

archbishop mark coleridge

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 »

Welcoming the Prince of Peace

Bishop James Foley

By Bishop James Foley of Cairns DURING 2014 the Middle East has seen violence as vicious and as vengeful as ever before. In Jerusalem itself recently people were axed to death as they prayed in a synagogue. Throughout the year there have been reports and grisly online footage of actual beheadings. Why is this part of the world where Christ – ... Read More »

Experiencing a renewed Good News at Christmas

By Fr Michael Lowcock, Diocesan Administrator of Townsville “CHRISTMAS is about children” we say. It is because we see the joy and excitement on their faces at the simplest of things. We see their sense of wonder at the mystery of a child in a crib. We see their simple joy – not in expensive gifts, but in the unwrapping and the ... Read More »

Ordained to serve

This is an edited version of the homily Bishop Michael McCarthy gave at the ordination of Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo on June 19. It was the first time Bishop McCarthy, a former rector of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, had presided at an ordination since he was ordained Bishop of ... Read More »

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