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Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

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Easter: the death of death

What is Easter? For people of faith it is the high point of the year; for some it is simply an extended long weekend. How many of us really believe that it lasts for 50 days? That’s 50 days to receive the gift of new life and integrate it more deeply into all aspects of our lives; 50 days as God’s holy people to make sure the new life that transforms us allows us to make a difference in the church and the world.

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Opinion

How long, O Lord?

In mid-January 2020 who would have thought that two years on we would still be encountering the unpredictability of the COVID pandemic? Who might have been bold enough to predict that fear and uncertainty would upstage certainty and hope as the default position of our lives? Not many, and yet for good or ill this is what surrounds us

Opinion

The Christmas love letter

When was the last time you received a love letter? I guess that these days they come in all shapes and sizes and social media manifestations. Often these types of letters are treasures poured over and preserved as it crystallises in one moment a significant communication from the one we love and the one who loves us.

Opinion

‘If you knew the gift of God’

Within the space of a month, three significant events have happened within our church: our local Diocesan Assembly, the first session of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia and the beginning phase of the next Synod of Bishops to be held in 2023 on synodality.

Opinion

Moment of grace

A central aspect of our faith is that the human person is made for communion; communion with God; communion with our sisters and brothers; communion with our deepest self and communion with the whole of creation.