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Architecture History

Sr Anne, 92, heads campaign to save Tiwi Islands church

Sr Anne Gardiner OLSH has one wish while she’s still alive – to see the first church where she served on the Tiwi Islands, off the coast of Darwin, restored to its former glory. Source: ABC News.

History In The Dioceses

Cross ‘returns home’ after almost 100 years

Former Perth Bishop Matthew Gibney’s crucifix has been returned to the Perth Archdiocese almost a century after his death in 1925. Source: The eRecord.

Anniversary History Religious Orders

Brigidine Sisters ‘had something of the explorer about them’

The Brigidine Sisters are celebrating 140 years as educators and pioneers in the rural town of Coonamble, New South Wales. Source: ABC News. 


Stolen items, including Vatican artefact, to remain on display at ANU

Three artefacts that have been kept in the Classics Museum at the Australian National University were stolen from Italy, including an item owned by the Vatican. Source: Canberra Times.

History Vatican

Letter shows Pope Pius knew about Nazi death camps 

Newly discovered correspondence suggests that World War II-era Pope Pius XII had detailed information from a trusted German Jesuit that up to 6000 Jews and Poles were being killed each day in German-occupied Poland. Source: Sight Magazine.

History In The Dioceses

New book brings to light Tasmania’s ‘hidden’ treasures

Tasmania is a treasure trove of significant items of Catholic and cultural heritage, according to Hobart Archdiocese’s heritage officer Brian Andrews, with most Tasmanians unaware of the wealth of treasure they possess.


Discovery shines light on Church’s protection of Jews during Nazi persecution

Researchers have discovered new documentation that substantiates reports that Catholic convents and monasteries in Rome sheltered Jews during World War II, providing names of at least 3200 Jews whose identities have been corroborated by the city’s Jewish community. Source: NCR Online. 

History Music

New Norcia Monastery celebrates organ’s 100th anniversary

New Norcia Benedictine Monastery in Western Australia has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the historic pipe organ in the abbey’s church. Source: The eRecord.

History United Kingdom

Sequinned vestments worn centuries ago for illegal Mass go on display

Georgian vestments worn for the illegal opening Mass in the United Kingdom’s oldest convent are to be reunited in the chapel for the first time since 1769 when they go on display at an exhibition next month. Source: The Tablet.