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

Feb 19, 2020

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

Feb 15, 2020

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

Feb 14, 2020

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

Bush fire in Australia.

New disaster relief initiative unveiled in Australia

Feb 1, 2020

Catholic leaders in Australia have announced the creation of a new disaster response initiative to aid those affected by devastating... Read more

Emergency personnel respond to a bushfire on the outskirts of Bilpin, Australia.

US bishops offer prayers after Americans killed fighting wildfires in Australia

Jan 25, 2020

Committee leaders at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voiced prayers and sorrow at the deaths of three American crew... Read more

Australian bushfire.

As fires continue to burn, Australian bishop calls for prayer, support

Jan 5, 2020

As fires throughout parts of Australia continue to worsen, the Archbishop of Melbourne called for prayers and encouraged Catholics to... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.

Revisions announced to Australia religious freedom bill 

Dec 12, 2019

Following religious groups’ criticism of an Australian bill intended to protect religious freedom, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian... Read more

Australia's bishops protest national move to force priests to reveal confessions

Dec 2, 2019

Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

UPDATED: Australian High Court refers Cardinal Pell's appeal of sex abuse conviction

Nov 13, 2019

The Australian High Court announced Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell has been granted leave to appeal an August decision by... Read more

Australia proposes face-recognition program to fight underage porn access

Oct 28, 2019

A government department in Australia has proposed the use of a face recognition system to curb underage access to online... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Christian think tank warns of flaws in Australian religious discrimination bill

Oct 1, 2019

Freedom for Faith, a Christian legal think tank, expressed concerns last week over unintended consequences of the Australian government's religious... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Archbishop: NSW abortion legalization ‘a defeat for humanity’

Sep 26, 2019

The archbishop of Sydney lamented a controversial new law decriminalizing abortion in New South Wales, and stressed that the Church... Read more

Sex abuse scandal leaves Australian Church, gov’t scrambling for solutions 

Sep 25, 2019

In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell submits appeal to Australian High Court

Sep 17, 2019

Cardinal George Pell Tuesday submitted an appeal of his conviction to the Australian High Court, following the Aug. 21 decision... Read more

Archbishop Peter Comensoli. CNA file photo

New Australian law requires priests to break confessional seal

Sep 12, 2019

A law passed in the Australian state of Victoria on Tuesday would require priests to violate the seal of confession... Read more

Effort to pass abortion bill in NSW could push government into minority

Sep 5, 2019

As the Australian state of New South Wales considers a bill to decriminalize abortion, two members of parliament from the... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Lawyers' group hesitant about Australia's religious discrimination bill

Sep 4, 2019

The president of the Law Council of Australia signalled dissatisfaction with the government's religious discrimination bill Wednesday. Among his concerns... Read more

Court of Appeal in Melbourne, Victoria.

Opinions divided in reaction to Pell decision

Aug 21, 2019

The decision by the Court of Appeal in Victoria to reject Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his conviction for child sex... Read more

Pro-life rally opposing NSW abortion bill.

New South Wales parliament delays final abortion bill vote

Aug 20, 2019

A final vote on a bill to decriminalize abortion in the Australian state of New South Wales has been delayed... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Via Shutterstock

Melbourne archbishop ready to defy law over seal of confession

Aug 14, 2019

The Archbishop of Melbourne has said he is prepared to defy a proposed new law that would force priests in... Read more