Interviewing this 63-year-old priest was a bit like a relaxed chat over a backyard fence – a style which will doubtless go down well in the rurally-influenced environment where he'll be bishop.
Pope Francis on the 'thought dictatorship,' Pope to wash feet of elderly, human trafficking, New York ban on worship services, Venzuela, Iraqi Cardinal dies, Anglicans/Catholics pray for social action, Pope meets King of Jordan, France.
NZ Dominicans join Oceania Sisters, Sr Mary O'Shannassy awarded, Parramatta seminarian awarded, Archbishop Porteous gets around, Marist Brothers bicentenary approaching, Royal Commission
The bitter politics of Ireland had painful echoes for sectarianism in Australia. Now, in an historic pivot, the Queen has welcomed the first-ever State visit from an Irish President. Once unthinkable - and for some still too soon - the event is a remarkable act of reconciliation.
Townsville's much-loved Bishop Michael Putney was laid to rest on Monday. Watch his 2014 Lenten Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Townsville - a message full of peace, love and hope.
Actor Mickey Rooney has died. His career began in the silent era, but big break came playing opposite Spencer Tracy in 1938's Boys Town - the real life story of Fr Edward Flanagan, who founded the home wayward boys.
As you walk through Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, you will see a thrilling gallery hung with major altarpieces painted in Venice in the 1560s. The Telegraph reviews the current exhibition of the old master at Britain's National Gallery.
Jesus stood before the governor, Pontius Pilate, who questioned him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?'
The great drama of the First World War forged the modern world. In one of its 'sideshows,' the flamboyant figure of T. E. Lawrence strutted and fretted his hour upon the stage - a stage which set the destiny of Palestine and the Holy Land.
The Queen has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time, in an informal meeting dressed in lavender. It was a far cry from the formality and flowing black attire of her first visit to the Vatican as Princess Elizabeth to meet Pope Pius XII, in 1951.
'Abide with me, fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide.' The beautiful hymn 'Abide with me' is among the calming sacred pieces of music examined in this meditation from Vatican Radio.
Peter Cosgrove is Australia's new Governor General. Already a Papal Knight, he is now the first man to be honoured under the reinstated Knighthoods of the Order of Australia. In this ABC interview, he recalls his Catholic upbringing.
Townsville Bishop Michael Putney was well-loved in North West Queensland. He has died, aged 67, after living with stomach cancer for the last 18 months.
Ayen, a 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl from Newcastle, went to visit relatives in South Sudan for Christmas, but found herself in the midst of civil war. Aided by funds from Australian parishioners, she led her relatives on a life and death dash for safety.
UN 'misled' on Magdalene abuses, Belfast Catholics outnumber Protestants, clergy take a stand in Central African Republic conflict, Francis a 'complete break' from predecessors, Philippines peace
High Court recognises a third 'non-specific' gender, Catholic education survey, refugees march of thanks, Syro-Malabar vitality, Vietnamese sisters in Canberra/Goulburn, sex trade film
Never in history have so many people been enslaved. Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims recently came together at the Vatican to launch an anti-slavery group - the brainchild of the Australian Christian philanthropist Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest.
John 11:1-45 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?'
Bill Clinton calls the book 'compelling.' Tim Costello says it's a 'wake-up call' for justice and human rights. Have you ever thought of what could be worse than crushing poverty - and is part of everyday existence for billions of people?
This book is a celebration of the English-speaking world, its language and law by Conservative MEP Dan Hannan, and a reminder of the importance of freedom and the rule of law.