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Grateful for St Pio’s assistance

St Padre Pio, the Italian saint who died on September 23, 1968, has inspired many around the world and drawn them to prayer, including one group of devoted followers at Wynnum on Brisbane's bayside. Journalist PAUL DOBBYN has witnessed their fervour

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The memories of Rosewood

Brisbane priest FR BILL O'SHEA, who grew up in Rosewood, south-west of Brisbane, was guest speaker at a social and supper held in the town on February 6 as part of the centenary celebrations of St Brigid's Church, Rosewood. This is an edited version of his speech

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Experiencing life in Cambodia

After an invitation from the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, Caritas Australia, a group of Queensland educators along with Caritas representatives travelled to Cambodia last November for 10 days to see the work of Caritas first hand. QCEC executive officer for communications Gerard Delaney reports

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Vinnies’ precious memories preserved

The reason behind the return of an artificial limb to the St Vincent de Paul Society makes up one of the interesting tales unearthed with the establishment of the society's state archives, library and a new exhibition. Journalist PAUL DOBBYN takes a look

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Building bridges towards unity

Bureau chief of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Monsignor Juan Usma Gomez knows Pentecostal Christians better than most other Catholics do. He spoke with journalist PAUL DOBBYN about some of his insights

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Crusading for the Church he loves

Cardinal John Foley, an influential figure at the Vatican, was in Brisbane recently to attend celebrations of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. PAUL DOBBYN reports

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Jesuit guest on Straddie

The Brisbane bayside parish of Cleveland, which takes in Stradbroke Island, hosted a sesquicentenary celebration on the island, at Paul of the Cross Church, Dunwich, recently. JESUIT FATHER FRANK BRENNAN preached this homily

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Vince’s unconditional love

It is a year since journalist SELINA VENIER wrote about Vince O'Rourke's inspiring story of love for his wife Margaret with whom he shared the struggle with Alzheimer's disease as her carer. Vince had written a book about their experience and it has touched many hearts. Selina caught up with him again recently

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