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Conscientious objection limits abortion access in Victoria, study finds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abortion bill a matter of life and death, Australian bishop says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia encouraged members of parliament to look beyond the “worn-out ideologies and tricky language” behind... Read more

Australian state hesitates to require priests to break seal of confession

The Australian state of Victoria has said a recommendation by the royal commission that it pass a law requiring priests... Read more

Australia could boost funding for Catholic schools with new income ranking

Catholic schools in Australia could see an increase of up to $74 million a year from independent schools following a... Read more