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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

The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where pharmacists will prepared and mix the drugs for assisted suicides in Victoria.

Assisted suicide, euthanasia more than 10 times higher than predicted in Australian state

While the Australian state of Tasmania is debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, the state of Victoria reported... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Catholic Aussie archbishop calls for ethical coronavirus vaccine

The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, has called on the country’s government to fund an ethical coronavirus vaccine not derived from... Read more

Bush fire in Australia.

Citing COVID and bushfires, Australian bishops urge focus on mental health

In the latter half of 2019 and the first few months of 2020, Australia contended with massive, devastating bushfires that... Read more

Sydney archbishop urges implementation of modern slavery law in NSW

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney on Wednesday called the New South Wales government a “disgrace” for failing to enact anti-slavery... Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican, March 2016.

Victorian politician calls for inquiry into investigation of Cardinal Pell

A member of the Parliament of Victoria has urged that there be an inquiry into the treatment of Cardinal George... Read more

New South Wales worship restrictions changed after complaints of unfair treatment

Churches in New South Wales will be allowed to open with the same restrictions as other buildings, after Australian Catholics... Read more

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Amid transgender pressure, Australian medical conference to defend Christian vision

The stakes are surprisingly high for the Australian Catholic Medical Association as it holds an online conference this Saturday on... Read more

Cardinal George Pell meets with child sex abuse victims at the Hotel Quirinale in Rome, Italy on March 3, 2016.

Australian journalists face court date over Pell trial coverage

A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed a trial date to prosecute journalists and media outlets for... Read more

Cardinal George Pell in the Vatican, 2014.

Australian High Court to issue Cardinal Pell decision next week

The Australian High Court announced Thursday that a decision would be issued in the case Pell v. The Crown on April 7... Read more

St Joseph's Primary School in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian bishops keep schools open as churches close

Catholic schools in Australia will remain open after pressure from the federal government and the intervention of the Archbishop of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on February 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Pell awaits decision after final Australian appeal

Cardinal George Pell remains in prison while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special... Read more

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia.

Australian bishop steps aside during Vatican abuse investigation

Australian Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome has temporarily stepped back from his duties following allegations of historical sexual abuse. The Vatican... Read more

Supporters of Cardinal Pell gathered outside the High Court in Canberra, Australia.

Pell’s lawyers make final case in High Court appeal

The legal team for Cardinal George Pell laid out their case for appeal before Australia’s High Court Wednesday.  Read more

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Assisted suicide applications higher than expected under new Australian law

A total of 52 people in the Australian state of Victoria ended their lives by doctor-assisted suicide in the first... Read more

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 19, 2015.

Head of Australian bishops' conference in Rome ahead of plenary council

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian bishops’ conference, is in Rome for high-level discussions ahead of the... Read more

Australia's disability inquiry told of mistreatment of people with Down syndrome

Parents of persons with Down syndrome are pressed to procure abortion, and their healthcare is negatively affected throughout their life,... Read more

Cardinal George Pell. CNA file photo

Date set Cardinal Pell's last chance appeal hearing

Australia’s High Court has set a date for the final appeal of Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in 2018... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Australian bishops: religious discrimination bill has merit, but flaws should be fixed

Australia’s Catholic bishops have welcomed changes to a proposed religious discrimination bill to protect religious believers and institutions from discrimination... Read more