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Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Convicted Australian archbishop says he'll step down if appeal fails

In the continued fallout of his conviction for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson... Read more

Australian priests 'willing to go to jail' rather than break confessional seal

As Australian states and territories pass and consider laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession to report cases... Read more

Australian bishop protests law requiring priests to break seal of confession

A new law in Australia will require Catholic priests in Canberra to break the seal of confession to report child... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

Australian bishops join national program to compensate child sex abuse victims

The Australian Catholic bishops confirmed Wednesday that they will participate in a national compensation program for survivors of child sexual... Read more

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

Court to consider request for media gag order in Cardinal Pell trial

An Australian court will determine Wednesday whether to accept a request by prosecutors for a “super injunction” against all media... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Facing criminal trial, Pell will remain on leave of absence from Vatican position

Cardinal George Pell will remain on a leave of absence from his Vatican position as he faces charges of “historic... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide.

Charged with concealing abuse, Australian archbishop affirms innocence

During court proceedings in Australia this week, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide maintained his innocence, denying allegations that he concealed... Read more

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

Amid attacks on the seal of confession in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said priests will suffer punishment... Read more

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

Cardinal Pell's court hearing weighs evidence for abuse allegations

A hearing will that will decide whether Cardinal George Pell will go on trial for alleged abuse came to a... Read more

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

Australian court hears further testimony in Cardinal Pell abuse hearing

New accusations were brought forward and others were dropped this week, during a pre-trial hearing in an Australian court regarding... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Alleged abuse victims testify against Cardinal Pell at Australian court hearing

Alleged victims of abuse of Cardinal George Pell gave testimonies this week during a hearing in an Australian court which... Read more

Tiwi children.

How one nun's lifelong service changed Australia's Tiwi community

For Sr. Anne Gardiner, a 62-year-long mission serving Australia's remote Tiwi indigenous population began with one simple instruction: “Love them.”  Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

On Friday, an Australian prosecutor withdrew a charge of abuse against Cardinal George Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Court likely to withdraw charge of key accuser in Cardinal Pell abuse case

The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday that a charge related to a key witness in the case against Cardinal George... Read more

Australian bishops dedicate start of Lent to abuse victims

The bishops of Australia have called on the faithful of the country to begin the season of Lent with four... Read more

Church pews.

Bishop: Anti-foreign influence law could silence Australian Catholics

An anti-foreign influence bill being considered by the Australian government could end up silencing the Catholic Church in the country,... Read more

Why this bishop thinks memes may just be the tool for evangelization today

Between the Harambe memes and quick explanations of Catholic doctrine on his Twitter page, Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of the... Read more

Concelebrants process into a Mass said for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney, Dec. 9 2017.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival draws tens of thousands

The Church in Australia kicked off Advent with a Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney last weekend, drawing some 20,000 attendees... Read more

Marriage redefined in Australia despite religious freedom fears

A bill passed Thursday in Australia changed the legal definition of marriage from being between “a man and a women”... Read more

Australian bishops: Don't let same-sex marriage limit religious freedom

Following a postal survey showing support for same-sex marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops said that the nation’s laws need to protect... Read more