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Australian diocese breaks with Sydney archbishop on gender fluidity ban

The Australian Diocese of Parramatta has split with other Catholic leaders in responding to a new bill that would ban... Read more

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Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy, Vatican official and diplomat, dies at 96

The retired cardinal had been a Vatican nuncio and Holy See official for over 30 years. Read more

Tasmania poised to legalize euthanasia, assisted suicide

The Australian island of Tasmania is expected to become the third Australian state to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia, after... Read more

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Australia’s Catholic bishops issue plenary council working document

Australia’s Catholic bishops on Thursday issued a working document ahead of the first assembly of a landmark plenary council in October.  Read more

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Australian ‘conversion therapy’ ban has dangerous flaws, say religious leaders

A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation or gender identity in Australia’s Victoria state is far too broad... Read more

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Australian federal police find no criminal misconduct in mysterious Vatican transfers

The Australian Federal Police said on Wednesday that it had found no evidence of criminal misconduct in its investigation into... Read more

Cardinal George Pell gives an interview to EWTN News in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Prosecutors drop charges against journalists over Pell trial as media outlets admit breach

Australian prosecutors announced on Monday that they were dropping charges against individual journalists accused of breaching a gag order over the... Read more

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Report: Probe can’t account for $2 million sent from Vatican to Australia

Investigators examining transfers from the Vatican to Australia have been unable to account for around $1.9 million sent between the... Read more

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Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson dies unexpectedly at age 70

The Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 70.  Read more

Report: Australia’s financial crime watchdog says it vastly overestimated Vatican transfers

Australia’s financial crime watchdog has said that it vastly overestimated Vatican transfers, local media reported on Wednesday.  Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background on April 29, 2019.

Australia’s financial crime watchdog conducts ‘detailed review’ of Vatican transfers

Australia’s financial crime watchdog said Thursday that it is conducting a “detailed review” of Vatican-linked transfers worth $1.8 billion.  Read more

Victoria's conversion therapy bill a 'dramatic overreach of the state'

A bill seeking to ban so-called conversion therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity in the Australian state of Victoria... Read more

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Australia celebrates 10th anniversary of St. Mary MacKillop’s canonization

Australia is celebrating the 10th anniversary this year of the canonization of the country’s first and only saint, St. Mary... Read more

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Australian Catholic bishops establish new agency to fight abuse

On Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Australia and two other Catholic entities launched Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited, a company charged... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Australian media’s trial begins over gag order violation in Cardinal Pell case

Members of the Australian media are on trial this week for charges of violating a gag order issued during the... Read more

Catholic bishops in Queensland aim to educate on sanctity of life

The bishops of the five dioceses in Australia's Queensland state have written a pastoral letter urging that euthanasia and assisted... Read more

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Catholics say religious ed plan defies doctrine, while diocese defends curriculum

Catholics, including some local priests, have said a proposed diocesan catechetical curriculum in Australia promotes views on gender identity and human... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Chiara Porro, Australia's ambassador to the Holy See, presents her credentials to Pope Francis Aug. 27, 2020.

'I hope to be able to inspire': Meet Australia's 36-year-old ambassador to the Holy See

Australia’s new ambassador to the Holy See is a 36-year-old mother of two with a passion for youth outreach.   Read more