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Australian Christian leaders urge Prime Minister to take 20,000 Afghanistan refugees following Taliban takeover

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Sydney, Australia Australian Christian leaders have called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan after the Taliban reclaimed power when Western forces left after 20 years in the country. It comes as more than 130,000 people – supported by the National Council of Churches in Australia and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce – have […]

Australian Catholic bishops call for a more sustainable church

Cry of the Earth Cry of the Poor

Sydney, Australia The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has committed to working towards a more sustainable church in its annual statement promoting social justice. In the ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’ statement released this month, the bishops have committed to a seven-year “journey towards seven ‘Laudato Si’ Goals” – a reference to Pope […]

Australia moves closer to compulsory child abuse reporting by priests

Melbourne, AustraliaReuters Australia’s top attorneys agreed on Friday to standardise laws across the country forcing priests to report child abuse revealed to them during confessions in a move that could widen a schism between the church and the government.  Federal and state attorneys-general agreed on key principles for the laws, which fall under the responsibility […]

Updated: Australian Christian leaders respond to same-sex marriage vote result

Last updated: 11:30am, 16th NovemberAustralia’s Parliament must work to unify the nation by respecting different views on marriage, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference said after the announcement that 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. Archbishop Denis Hart said in a statement that the Catholic Church […]