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Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell prepares for appeal hearing

Jun 3, 2019

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

Jun 3, 2019

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

May 19, 2019

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

Apr 10, 2019

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

Mar 20, 2019

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

Mar 18, 2019

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

Mar 6, 2019

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

Mar 5, 2019

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

Mar 5, 2019

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

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

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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