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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

Dec 11, 2017

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

Dec 7, 2017

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

Nov 15, 2017

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

Tony Abbott, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 2013 - 2015.

Australia's former prime minister: Redefining marriage has big consequences

Nov 3, 2017

By Michelle La Rosa

If the people of Australia vote to redefine marriage in the country, the consequences will be dire, warned former Prime... Read more

Prescription bottle.

Assisted suicide legislation advances in Australia's Victoria state

Oct 18, 2017

American-inspired legislation to legalize assisted suicide has advanced in the Australian state of Victoria, leading critics to worry that it... Read more

'Clarity and charity' – the keys to defending marriage in Australia

Oct 16, 2017

As Australians return their ballots for a poll that could aid the recognition of same-sex unions as marriages, the Archbishop... Read more

Vatican City.

Australian bishops meet in Rome as Church reels from recent crisis

Oct 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

Last week, Church leaders from Australia traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican authorities to discuss the various crises Catholics... Read more

In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

Sep 18, 2017

Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country's archbishops believes the local Churches are making... Read more

Rings in Scripture.

Australian bishops call for month of prayer ahead of same-sex marriage vote

Sep 14, 2017

At the start of a voter survey being conducted on same-sex marriage in Australia, the country’s bishops have called for... Read more

Ahead of ballot, Australian bishops reaffirm Church can't support gay marriage

Sep 1, 2017

As a non-binding poll on same-sex marriage in Australia looms, some leading Catholic bishops have again clarified Catholic teaching that... Read more

Confessional.

Australian priest rips confession proposal as government 'intrusion'

Aug 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

An Australian priest has called the Royal Commission's recent proposal to enforce law requiring that clergy face criminal charges if... Read more

Australian bishops oppose forcing priests to reveal details of confession

Aug 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission's proposal that priests be legally obligated to... Read more

Christian leaders unite to oppose assisted suicide in Australia

Aug 2, 2017

Catholics and Christian leaders from several denominations have joined forces in the Australian state of Victoria to decry a bill... Read more

Baby feet.

Sydney archbishop applauds rejection of abortion bill

May 13, 2017

Catholics in the Australian state of New South Wales applauded the rejection of bills in the upper house of the... Read more

Australian bishops: Assisted suicide is the opposite of health care

Apr 24, 2017

Proposals to legalize euthanasia in the Australian state of Victoria are based on “misplaced compassion,” the local bishops said.    Read more

Australian bishops apologize for Church's failure in sex abuse crisis

Feb 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

Days before Australia’s Royal Commission on institutional sex abuse begins their final hearing into the Church’s response to their abuse... Read more

Doctors warn Australian state against legalizing euthanasia

Dec 8, 2016

The government of the Australian state of Victoria is looking to legalize euthanasia in 2017, but physicians have warned of... Read more

Australia's proposed refugee ban is 'deliberately cruel'

Nov 9, 2016

The Australian government's proposed permanent ban on visas for refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived by boat drew... Read more

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, June 16, 2016.

He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he's a bishop

Jun 28, 2016

In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, departs Rome's Hotel Quirinale, where he attended a hearing on sex abuse responses, March 3, 2016.

As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he 'should have done more'

Mar 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret... Read more