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Apr 2, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The Australian High Court announced Thursday that a decision would be issued in the case Pell v. The Crown on April 7 at 10 am.
Mar 19, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Catholic schools in Australia will remain open after pressure from the federal government and the intervention of the Archbishop of Sydney.
Mar 12, 2020 - 12:05 am .- Cardinal George Pell remains in prison while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal after a two day hearing in Canberra.
Mar 11, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Australian Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome has temporarily stepped back from his duties following allegations of historical sexual abuse. The Vatican has begun an investigation into the claims.
Mar 10, 2020 - 11:30 pm .- The legal team for Cardinal George Pell laid out their case for appeal before Australia’s High Court Wednesday.
Feb 20, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- A total of 52 people in the Australian state of Victoria ended their lives by doctor-assisted suicide in the first six months since the state’s Voluntary Assisted Dying law went into effect. 
Feb 20, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian bishops’ conference, is in Rome for high-level discussions ahead of the Church in Australia’s first plenary council since Vatican II, set to begin in October.
Feb 19, 2020 - 04:58 pm .- Parents of persons with Down syndrome are pressed to procure abortion, and their healthcare is negatively affected throughout their life, Australia's disability royal commission has heard.
Feb 15, 2020 - 05:12 pm .- Australia’s High Court has set a date for the final appeal of Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in 2018 on five charges of child sexual abuse.
Feb 14, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- Australia’s Catholic bishops have welcomed changes to a proposed religious discrimination bill to protect religious believers and institutions from discrimination and needless legal action, but they said more work is necessary for an Australia-wide law.
Feb 1, 2020 - 02:12 pm .- Catholic leaders in Australia have announced the creation of a new disaster response initiative to aid those affected by devastating bushfires in the country, as well as future natural disasters.
Jan 25, 2020 - 03:49 am .- Committee leaders at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voiced prayers and sorrow at the deaths of three American crew members who were killed in an air tanker crash while trying to fight massive wildfires in New South Wales, Australia.
Jan 5, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- As fires throughout parts of Australia continue to worsen, the Archbishop of Melbourne called for prayers and encouraged Catholics to donate to those in need.
Dec 12, 2019 - 12:47 am .- Following religious groups’ criticism of an Australian bill intended to protect religious freedom, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released a second version that appears to address some concerns.
Dec 2, 2019 - 02:01 pm .- Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards that would force priests to report real or suspected child abuse learned under the strict confidence of sacramental confessions, the bishops have said.
Nov 13, 2019 - 07:15 am .- The Australian High Court announced Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell has been granted leave to appeal an August decision by the Court of Appeal in Victoria to uphold his conviction for child sexual abuse.
Oct 28, 2019 - 06:34 pm .- A government department in Australia has proposed the use of a face recognition system to curb underage access to online pornography, but the idea has been met with concerns over privacy.
Oct 1, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- Freedom for Faith, a Christian legal think tank, expressed concerns last week over unintended consequences of the Australian government's religious discrimination bill, urging that it be re-drafted before it is passed.
Sep 26, 2019 - 11:18 am .- The archbishop of Sydney lamented a controversial new law decriminalizing abortion in New South Wales, and stressed that the Church will work to offer support for women facing difficult pregnancies.
Sep 25, 2019 - 06:40 pm .- In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse of Cardinal George Pell, government and Church officials in Australia are scrambling for solutions.