- Feb 25, 2021
An Australian appeal court on Thursday overturned a conviction against the most senior Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse.
Catholic schools in Australia have secured an increase in funding from the government following an outcry from Catholic leaders, but some Australians have been questioning the Church’s tactics in securing the funding.
Police in Papua New Guinea are moving sick refugees and migrants out of the capital city in preparation for a major economic conference, drawing ongoing criticism from the country’s Catholic leaders.
The Catholic bishops of New Zealand have countered reports that say they are backing away from an upcoming government inquiry into sexual abuse cases in state and religious institutions in the country.
Cardinal John Dew of New Zealand said the bishops of the country “humbly acknowledge our shortcomings” after a new survey of religion in the island nation says only a third of the country identifies as Christian, down from 43 percent in 2013, and 49 percent in 2006.
Pope Francis is praying for all those affected by a major earthquake in Papua New Guinea this week, offering his condolences in a telegram on Tuesday.