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Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

Local club that walks the highest peaks in Queensland turns 60

Catholic bushwalking club members Mervyn Galvin and Michele Endicott

SIXTY years ago on the slopes of Mt Tibrogargan, north of Brisbane, Fr William “Willie” Hayes gathered a group of enthusiastic trekkers and led them down the wild bush trails, on an adventure which would birth a club. Among them was a young man named Mervyn Galvin. Mr Galvin fondly recalled those first summer trips with the newly emerging Brisbane ... Read More »

Recognising the divine in each living person – without exception

precious life

I READ a terrifying story recently. It recounted the story of a couple who, rejoicing in the birth of their first-born child, learnt but a short while later that she suffered from a rare, terminal illness and that she was unlikely to live beyond her first year. As predicted, their daughter died when she was seven months old – she ... Read More »

Catholic architect Sidney Rofe strives for ‘a transcendental experience’ in his designs

Sidney Rofe and family

“CONNECTION” is an ideal architect Sidney Rofe aims for professionally and personally. His mother Mary Rofe, however, remembers “a very quiet boy” who largely preferred his own company. Born in Maryborough, the eldest of eight, Sidney “was happiest with blocks … paper and something to draw with”, she said. The family lived in Townsville and later, Rockhampton, immersed and well ... Read More »

Jesus Christ is the reason to bother

bicycle in the rain

Cycling into the theological college every day brings with it many unexpected benefits. It is a 22km round-trip and this affords me the opportunity to have many an interesting interaction with my fellow road-users; sometimes we even exchange words as well as hand-gestures. A few months ago, I was rather taken aback by a question posed to me by the ... Read More »

Sick from a tick: Lyme disease sufferer Liza Cannavo optmistic about her future

Cannavo family

LIZA Cannavo’s accepted the word “remission”, realistic about not being “cured”. The mother-of-five said she was “treating for remission” and was hopeful sufferers of the disease that had gloomily coloured more than two decades of her life would be better recognised and supported by doctors, specialists and government. That’s precisely why Lyme disease is a controversial conversation to have in ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop critique’s writer’s claims in newspaper column

Bishop James Foley

This is an edited version of Bishop James Foley’s response to Herald Sun columnist Susie O’Brien’s work ‘Catholic Church must change’, printed in The Cairns Post on December 20. I have been Bishop in Cairns for more than 25 years and in that time many changes and safeguards have been implemented; with child protection officers in place in every Catholic ... Read More »

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