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Jul 10, 2019 - 01:19 pm .- The religious discrimination bill proposed by Australia's coalition government is being well received generally, though some conservative members of parliament have asked instead for a religious freedom bill.
Jul 6, 2019 - 06:01 am .- Australia's coalition government has proposed the introduction of legislation that would make it unlawful to discriminate against people on the ground of their religious belief or activity.
Jun 25, 2019 - 12:03 am .- While Cardinal George Pell of Australia is appealing his sexual abuse conviction in court, he and his supporters are making arrangements for a “safe hideaway” for the cleric, should his conviction be overturned.
Jun 19, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- The four Latin rite ordinaries in Victoria have written a pastoral letter denouncing the state's “new, and deeply troubling chapter of health care,” as voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide became legal Wednesday.
Jun 6, 2019 - 08:10 am .- The lead prosecutor arguing to sustain the conviction of Cardinal George Pell struggled Thursday in presenting the Crown’s case.
Jun 4, 2019 - 09:45 pm .- The legal team for Cardinal George Pell set out its case for appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria Wednesday morning.
Jun 3, 2019 - 01:00 pm .- Pell's appeal is set to be heard by a three-judge panel of the state of Victoria’s Supreme Court on 5-6 June.
Jun 3, 2019 - 11:19 am .- Last week the Australian bishop' conference and Catholic Religious Australia adopted new standards to combat the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults in the wake of a 2017 report on such abuse in the country's institutions.
May 19, 2019 - 04:17 pm .- A Catholic school in west Sydney has done away with grades, class levels, and tests to promote a more personalized school experience - but educational experts are skeptical.
Apr 10, 2019 - 04:03 pm .- Australia's high court on Wednesday threw out cases brought by pro-life activists challenging “buffer zone” laws in Victoria and Tasmania that bar any protests within 150 meters (nearly 500 feet) of a clinic or hospital that performs abortions.
Mar 20, 2019 - 11:00 am .- The parliament of the Australian state of Victoria is considering a proposal to end the convention of beginnings daily sessions with the Our Father. The prayer has been a fixture of proceedings for more than a century.
Mar 18, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- The Catholic Church in Australia is calling for an increase to the minimum wage in the country, saying that it will help lift families out of poverty.
Mar 6, 2019 - 11:25 am .- An Australian court announced Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell's application for leave to appeal his conviction of sexual abuse will be heard June 5-6.
Mar 5, 2019 - 03:17 pm .- Robert Richter, Cardinal George Pell's defense lawyer, said Tuesday that he has not quit the prelate's legal team. A Melbourne daily had earlier reported Richter will not be part of the appeals process.
Mar 5, 2019 - 03:26 am .- Following news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors, several bishops in Australia have have said they are committed to truth and justice, while declining to comment on Pell’s appeal until it has concluded.
Feb 26, 2019 - 07:30 am .- The Vatican press office has issued a statement on the recently announced conviction of Cardinal George Pell on charges of the sexual abuse of minors.
Feb 25, 2019 - 06:21 pm .- Prosecutors have abandoned a planned second trial against Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in December 2018 on five charges of the sexual abuse of minors.
Feb 16, 2019 - 05:15 am .- A local bishop is speaking out against a bill to remove regulations on abortion in Adelaide, Australia, saying it would be the nation’s most radical abortion law.
Jan 31, 2019 - 01:47 pm .- Though Australia's Victoria state requires doctors with conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to another provider, a study published Thursday found that some doctors are noncompliant, “with adverse effects on access to care for some women.”
Jan 25, 2019 - 01:46 pm .- If you seek out the peripheries, whether from Rome, London or Washington, it is hard to get any further away than Tasmania. And yet there, on the other side of the world, on a heart-shaped island the size of West Virginia, a new Jerusalem is emerging.

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