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God becomes one of us

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

A Christmas Message from Brisbane Archdiocese AT Christmas, the words of the angel have echoed down through the ages: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace on earth to those whom he loves”. They echo still in all their strangeness. If we think of God at all, we tend to think that the divine glory means that God ... Read More »

God is revealed in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

A Christmas Message from Townsville Diocese IN a fairly non-religious country like Australia, it is easier to say “I believe in God” than to say “I believe in Jesus Christ”. The first one can be interpreted in many ways by one’s listeners. They might have a vague idea of what the word “God” might mean. To say one believes in ... Read More »

Let the crib speak to us in silence

Bishop James Foley

A Christmas message from Cairns Diocese BY the time this is published before Christmas, our Church will have had considerable coverage of its failures in the care of vulnerable children at the Royal Commission. The greatest pain has been that of those who have survived such abuse yet carry the burden throughout their lives. For some these wounds are painfully ... Read More »

Called to reach out to the most needy

Bishop Robert McGuckin

A Christmas Message from Toowoomba Diocese CHRISTMAS as usual has crept up on me before I realised, but maybe you are one of those who finished all your shopping last month. It has been a busy year and as we look back we can be thankful for many blessings that we have received. At the same time we regret that ... Read More »

Where is Jesus Christ this Christmas?

Brian Moore

VINNIES VIEW By Brian Moore “I bring you good tidings of great joy … For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord … You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 WHAT has happened to the old-fashioned, spiritual Christmas? Could the ... Read More »

Eucharist is a free gift, and the best of all

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE is asking Catholics to reach out to the isolated and lonely this Christmas. AT Christmas time we think about gift-giving, and not only think about it, we actually give gifts. We go and buy gifts, here, there and everywhere, which can be a bit of a chore, at least for people like me. But gift-giving is a ... Read More »

God speaks in whispers, so hush before Christmas

Pope Francis Dec22

VATICAN CITY: If silence is not one of the sounds associated with Christmas preparations, chances are people will miss an experience of the love and tenderness that is at the heart of the holiday, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass on December 12 in the chapel of his residence, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the tone of voice and the ... Read More »

Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Fr John Grace

A Christmas Message from Rockhampton Diocese THE death of Nelson Mandela opened the eyes of the world to appreciate and recognise his triumphant life. His achievements are not a collection of earthly goods but a vast panorama of commitments to justice and truth.  These treasures are born of a brave and courageous heart. Peace which lasts far exceeds the balance ... Read More »

When was Christ born?

Stained glass window nativity scene

QUESTION TIME By Fr John Flader My daughter recently came home from school saying that her teacher said Christ was probably born several years BC, which would mean he was born several years “before Christ”. I thought we reckoned the calendar from the year of his birth. Who is right? Actually, your daughter’s teacher is more right than you and ... Read More »

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