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Opening Mass for Fifth Plenary Council of Australia in Perth on Oct. 3, 2021

Australian bishops begin nine-month Plenary Council

Oct 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia kicked off Sunday with an opening Mass in Perth to begin its first assembly... Read more

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Australia’s Catholic bishops issue plenary council working document

Feb 26, 2021

Australia’s Catholic bishops on Thursday issued a working document ahead of the first assembly of a landmark plenary council in October.  Read more

Bishops call for renewed emphasis on faith as Australia marks 200 years of Catholic education

Feb 18, 2021

Australia‘s Catholic bishops marked the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in the country this week, calling for continued renewal of... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson dies unexpectedly at age 70

Jan 18, 2021

The Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 70.  Read more

Photograph of Saint Mary MacKillop in 1890. Public domain.

Australia celebrates 10th anniversary of St. Mary MacKillop’s canonization

Dec 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Australia is celebrating the 10th anniversary this year of the canonization of the country’s first and only saint, St. Mary... Read more

City skyline in Sydney, Australia.

Australian Catholic students urge bishops to 'reject unambiguously' women's ordination

Jul 20, 2020

Australian Catholic students have sent an open letter to the country’s bishops ahead of the upcoming Fifth Plenary Council of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican, March 2016.

After criminal acquittal, Cardinal Pell likely to face several civil suits

Apr 8, 2020

The High Court of Australia this week overturned Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse, and... Read more

Saint Patrick cathedral Melbourne.

Melbourne cathedral vandalized after Cardinal Pell acquittal

Apr 8, 2020

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne was vandalized overnight Wednesday, hours after Cardinal George Pell was acquitted by Australia's High Court... Read more

St Joseph's Primary School in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian bishops keep schools open as churches close

Mar 19, 2020

Catholic schools in Australia will remain open after pressure from the federal government and the intervention of the Archbishop of... Read more

St Mary's Catherdral, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Via Shutterstock.

Australian bishop rejects calls to dismantle seminaries

Oct 3, 2019

A Catholic bishop in Australia has dismissed media reports that Church leaders are considering a radical overhaul of priestly formation.  Read more

The flag of Australia.

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

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

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 19, 2015.

Australian archbishop faces questions over handling of abuse allegations

Feb 25, 2019

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane is being investigated by his former archdiocese over his alleged handling of information on child... 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

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

Confessional.

Australian bishops defend seal of confession in response to sex abuse report

Aug 31, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Australian bishops have accepted the vast majority of recommendations made after a five-year investigation into sexual abuse in the country.  Read more

In Australia, Christian Brothers sex abuse settlement a first after lawsuit limits end

Aug 18, 2018

The Christian Brothers have reached a settlement with a dying 74-year-old Australian man for physical and sexual abuse he suffered... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

Australia's national compensation plan for child sex abuse victims begins

Jul 2, 2018

On Sunday Australia launched a program to compensate the victims of institutional child sex abuse.  Read more

Boats filled with asylum seekers cross the sea towards Australia.

Australian Catholic migrant office slams new asylum seekers law

Dec 10, 2014

The Australian bishops' office for migrants and refugees has termed “unethical” legislation signed into law last week that gives the... Read more