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Bill to legalize abortion delayed after pushback in New South Wales

A bill that would decriminalize abortion in the Australian state of New South Wales has been delayed at least a... Read more

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

First permit issued under Australian state's assisted suicide, euthanasia law

The first permit for medically assisted death in Victoria was issued in recent weeks, within a month of the going... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Australians debate merits of religious discrimination bill

The religious discrimination bill proposed by Australia's coalition government is being well received generally, though some conservative members of parliament... Read more

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Australian government proposes religious discrimination bill

Australia's coalition government has proposed the introduction of legislation that would make it unlawful to discriminate against people on the... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Due to backlash, Pell to live in 'secure compound' if appeal succeeds

While Cardinal George Pell of Australia is appealing his sexual abuse conviction in court, he and his supporters are making... Read more

Bishops decry introduction of assisted suicide, euthanasia in Australian state

The four Latin rite ordinaries in Victoria have written a pastoral letter denouncing the state's “new, and deeply troubling chapter... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on Feb. 27, 2019.

Prosecution falters during Cardinal Pell appeal hearing

The lead prosecutor arguing to sustain the conviction of Cardinal George Pell struggled Thursday in presenting the Crown’s case.  Read more

March 17, 2016. Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on March 17, 2016.

In opening arguments, Cardinal Pell’s lawyers set out case for appeal

The legal team for Cardinal George Pell set out its case for appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria Wednesday... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell prepares for appeal hearing

Pell's appeal is set to be heard by a three-judge panel of the state of Victoria’s Supreme Court on 5-6... Read more

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Australian bishops adopt new Safeguarding Standards

Last week the Australian bishop' conference and Catholic Religious Australia adopted new standards to combat the sexual abuse of children... Read more

As Australian Catholic school abandons tests and grades, critics are concerned

A Catholic school in west Sydney has done away with grades, class levels, and tests to promote a more personalized... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.

Australian pro-lifers lose challenge to abortion clinic buffer zones

Australia's high court on Wednesday threw out cases brought by pro-life activists challenging “buffer zone” laws in Victoria and Tasmania... Read more

Parliament House for the state of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Stock photo via Shutterstock

Victoria parliament considers ending daily Our Father

The parliament of the Australian state of Victoria is considering a proposal to end the convention of beginnings daily sessions... Read more

Australian bishops’ conference calls for minimum wage hike

The Catholic Church in Australia is calling for an increase to the minimum wage in the country, saying that it... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside the Hotel Quirinale in Rome, March 3, 2016.

Cardinal Pell's appeal process to begin in June

An Australian court announced Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell's application for leave to appeal his conviction of sexual abuse will... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse, June 29, 2017.

Pell lawyer will remain on legal team, despite report he would quit

Robert Richter, Cardinal George Pell's defense lawyer, said Tuesday that he has not quit the prelate's legal team. A Melbourne... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on Feb. 27, 2019.

Australian bishops respond to Pell verdict

Following news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors, several bishops in Australia have have said they... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Holy See issues statement on conviction, appeal of Cardinal Pell

The Vatican press office has issued a statement on the recently announced conviction of Cardinal George Pell on charges of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Prosecutors drop second trial against Cardinal George Pell

Prosecutors have abandoned a planned second trial against Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in December 2018 on five... Read more

Australian bishop urges faithful to fight ‘radical’ abortion bill

A local bishop is speaking out against a bill to remove regulations on abortion in Adelaide, Australia, saying it would... Read more