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Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia.

Australian bishop Christopher Saunders arrested, charged with rape 

Feb 22, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The charges came after the Vatican turned over to civil authorities its findings on allegations that Christopher Saunders abused vulnerable... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller (center) and Father Joseph Hamilton (at left), personal secretary to the late Cardinal George Pell, were among the priests celebrating the Jan. 10, 2024, Mass held on the first anniversary of the cardinal's death.

Requiem Mass for Cardinal Pell celebrated on first anniversary of his death 

Jan 10, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The chapel of the Domus Australia in Rome was filled to capacity for the Mass, which was celebrated by Cardinal... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican launches investigation into Australian bishop accused of child sex abuse  

Sep 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Former bishop Christopher Saunders of the Diocese of Broome has been accused of sexually assaulting indigenous men and boys. Read more

Cardinal George Pell

PHOTOS: Remembering Cardinal Pell

Jan 11, 2023

By CNA Staff

Australian Cardinal George Pell died Tuesday in Rome at age 81 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Church in Australia reacts with ‘shock,’ sadness at news of Cardinal Pell’s death

Jan 10, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Cardinal George Pell, prefect emeritus of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, died Tuesday in Rome at the age of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney speaks during a press conference at the Vatican Press Office on July 9, 2014. Credit Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

7 quotes from Cardinal George Pell on life and death

Jan 10, 2023

By Katie Yoder

Cardinal George Pell, who served as prefect emeritus of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, died on Tuesday at the... Read more

Cardinal George Pell gives an interview to EWTN News in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Australian Cardinal George Pell dies at 81

Jan 10, 2023

By Katie Yoder, AC Wimmer

The Australian prelate suffered a cardiac arrest and died at 8:50 p.m. Rome time, his secretary confirmed to EWTN.  Read more

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia.

Vatican opens canonical investigation into Australian bishop

Sep 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Vatican has appointed Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane to oversee an investigation into former Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders. Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Via Shutterstock

Father’s civil claim against Cardinal Pell and Australian archdiocese to go forward

Aug 25, 2022

By AC Wimmer

An Australian court ruled that a man can sue the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Cardinal George Pell for nervous shock... Read more

The Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Civil claim brought against Cardinal Pell and Australian Archdiocese

Jul 14, 2022

By AC Wimmer

An Australian court on Thursday heard from the lawyer representing a man seeking legal action against the Catholic Church and... Read more

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Perth, Australia.

Australia’s Catholic bishops elect new leader

May 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth is the first member of a religious order to lead Australia’s bishops’ conference. Read more

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

Blessed Carlo Acutis, left, and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green of Wilcannia-Forbes, Australia.

Catholic school named for Blessed Carlo Acutis will have ‘the Eucharist at its heart’

Sep 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

It will be the first K-12 Catholic school named after the young blessed. Read more

Cardinal George Pell in the Vatican, 2016.

Cardinal Pell 'surprised' by Royal Commission findings

May 7, 2020

By CNA Staff

Cardinal George Pell has expressed his “surprise” at newly released findings of an Australian investigation, which concluded that the cardinal... Read more