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World Sep 20Students lead climate change protests across the world
Many of the protesters are children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike."…
World Aug 21Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell
A unanimous jury in December found Pope Francis' former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne's St. Patrick's Cathedral more than two decades ago.
World Jun 06Prosecutors say Australian cardinal’s convictions should stand
The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse will spend his 78th birthday in an Australian prison on Saturday as three judges consider whether to overturn his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a…
World Jun 05Australian Cardinal Pell appeals child sex convictions
Pell's lawyer argued for more than five hours that the five verdicts against Pell were "unsafe and unsatisfactory" and should be overturned.
World May 18Australia’s ruling coalition elected to surprise third term
Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national…
World Mar 13Australian cardinal Pell sentenced to six years for child sex abuse
The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral.
World Feb 25Vatican official convicted of child sex abuse in Australian court
The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy's credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and…
World Oct 15Harry and Meghan expecting first child in the spring
Their marriage was a five-star glamour blowout. Now comes word that Prince Harry and Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, are having a baby.
World Jul 30Australian archbishop convicted of covering up sexual abuse resigns
Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the…
World May 22Australian archbishop found guilty of covering up child sex abuse
The conviction is another step toward holding the church to account for a global abuse crisis that has also engulfed Pope Francis' financial minister.