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

Holy See issues statement on conviction, appeal of Cardinal Pell

Feb 26, 2019

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

Feb 25, 2019

By Ed Condon

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

Feb 16, 2019

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

Conscientious objection limits abortion access in Victoria, study finds

Jan 31, 2019

Though Australia's Victoria state requires doctors with conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to another provider, a study published... Read more

The monks of Notre Dame Priory, Tasmania. Courtesy photo

Chasing the devil from Tasmania

Jan 25, 2019

If you seek out the peripheries, whether from Rome, London or Washington, it is hard to get any further away... Read more

Papua New Guinea flag flies ahead of the Nov. 17-18 APEC summit.

'Give them freedom' – PNG bishops denounce six-year refugee detention

Jan 5, 2019

The bishops of Papua New Guinea have issued a renewed plea on behalf of the nearly 500 refugees and asylum... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

After guilty verdict, questions raised about Pell trial

Dec 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Australian PM promises bill to protect against religious discrimination

Dec 13, 2018

Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican March 17 2016.

Reports of Pell guilty verdict emerge, despite gag order

Dec 12, 2018

By Ed Condon

Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media... Read more

Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide Philip Wilson. Photo Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Archbishop Wilson's conviction of not reporting abuse overturned

Dec 6, 2018

A district judge overturned Thursday the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Australian senator announces gender swap so he can speak on abortion issues

Nov 19, 2018

After being slammed for his religion and told he would never understand abortion because it is a women’s issue, Australian... Read more

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

Australian pro-lifers argue abortion clinic buffer zones violate freedom of speech

Oct 9, 2018

Two pro-life activists are challenging Australian “buffer zone” laws in the country’s high court in Canberra. The laws in the... Read more

Pro-life leaders oppose broad expansion of abortion in Australian state

Oct 8, 2018

A parliamentary committee reportedly supported a proposal Oct. 5 to significantly expand abortion in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.  Read more

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

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Oct 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

Provision for abortion delayed in Australian state

Oct 3, 2018

Government authorities in the Australian state of Tasmania have promised that low-cost surgical abortion will be provided starting in October,... Read more

Married couple holding hands.

Australian bishop weighs pros, cons of married priests

Oct 2, 2018

The possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood merits consideration both of its positives and negatives, Bishop Michael McKenna... Read more

Tasmania may criminalize priests for upholding seal of confession

Oct 2, 2018

Catholic priests in the Australian state of Tasmania could face jail time if they fail to report sexual abuse disclosed... Read more

Catholic education group applauds Australian school funding plan

Sep 20, 2018

A $4.6 billion funding package for Catholic and independent schools in Australia has won the support of a national Catholic... Read more

Australian drought.

Catholic school student raises $1 million for Australia's drought affected farmers

Sep 10, 2018

With severe drought conditions continuing to affect farmers in Australia, a fourth grader at a Catholic school has raised more... Read more

Australian unions seek limits on religious groups' hiring freedom

Aug 7, 2018

A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the... Read more