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Queensland’s church history pieced together in Fr Chris Hanlon’s new book

ITALIAN troops had breached a point in the Aurelian Walls while Pope Pius IX’s forces mounted the defence of Rome, and caught in the skirmish, comforting the wounded and dying Papal Zouaves, was Brisbane’s first Bishop James Quinn. He was in Rome for the First Vatican Council when the Papal States fell to Kingdom of Italy on September 20, 1870. ... Read More »

‘He is risen’ – Salesian Father Frank Freeman writes about the resurrection, the heart of our faith

IT is a difficult task to change people’s attitude or mind-set, as anyone engaged in education will readily tell you.   To change whole personalities, to turn around life’s patterns, needs a miracle. Twelve men, unlettered in the main, yet skilled in the practical aspects of the fishermen trade, once followed Christ for diverse reasons. Some dreamt of an earthly ... Read More »

90-year-old Graham Joyner a true ‘Catholic gentleman’

Graham Joyner

GRAHAM Joyner has always been fascinated by the past. As a child he used to wonder about the ornaments around the family house, but as he said, the children were told to play outside. These days, Mr Joyner pursues his family’s history through letters, ledgers and portraits with a passion for uncovering lost ancestors and their life stories. It would ... Read More »

Australian Catholic heritage in safe hands with diocesan archivists

Diocesan archivists in Townsville

IN an age of instant gratification and short-sighted social media, the idea of preserving old books and artefacts might seem out of place, but it has been the aim of Australian Catholic diocesan archivists for decades – and for good reason. These archivists came from around the country to meet in Townsville for the 16th annual National Conference of Catholic ... Read More »

Northern Australia’s first missionary priest remembered 170 years later

Fr Angelo Confalonieri

AT the long-abandoned British settlement in Northern Australia, a crumbling grave vault marks the resting place of an extraordinary pioneering Catholic missionary. The largely forgotten story of Father Angelo Confalonieri has come alive, after the Consulate of Italy for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Diocese of Darwin hosted a symposium on July 12 to commemorate his life, and, ... Read More »

Church historian discovers little-known information about his dad while researching Knights of the Southern Cross

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BRISBANE priest Fr Chris Hanlon thought he knew everything about his father’s life until he started supervising a history book project over the past two years. Fr Hanlon, who is as Church historian for Brisbane archdiocese, was asked to supervise and contribute to a book detailing the history of the Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross in Queensland. It ... Read More »

Irish family found road to freedom between Tipperary and Rosevale

Kevin Ahearn Slab Hut Split Rail

THE weather-beaten ironbark fence at Kevin Ahearn’s front door is a constant reminder of the priceless debt he owes his Irish ancestors. It’s a link to the title of Kevin’s recently published book, Slab Hut and Split Rail Fence – A local history of Rosevale, Mt Walker, Lower Mt Walker and the first Irish families. Kevin salvaged the fence from ... Read More »

Q&A with Peter Humeniuk

Peter Humeniuk

POPE Francis’s trip to Cuba last month paved the way for a historical meeting with Patriarch Krill of Moscow. It was the first time in history a Russian Orthodox patriarch and a Pope had met.  Aid to the Church in Need’s Russia expert Peter Humeniuk talks about the significant meeting for both the Catholic and Russian Orthodox church. Question: How ... Read More »

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