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Catholic bishops in Queensland aim to educate on sanctity of life

Oct 6, 2020

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

Sep 14, 2020

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

Sep 12, 2020

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

Sep 8, 2020

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

Sep 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 2, 2020

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

Aug 24, 2020

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

Aug 4, 2020

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

Jul 29, 2020

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

Jun 27, 2020

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

May 29, 2020

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

May 28, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

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

May 26, 2020

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

Apr 2, 2020

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

Mar 19, 2020

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

Mar 11, 2020

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

Mar 11, 2020

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

Mar 10, 2020

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

Feb 20, 2020

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

Feb 20, 2020

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