Australian archbishop rejects breaking seal of confession for abusers

The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference is the latest of the country's senior clerics to push back against legislation to lift the seal of confession for child sexual abuse.

Committee to recommend Australian bishops give laity certain controls

A six-person committee charged with reviewing church governance and management is expected to present Australia's bishops with a plan to overhaul the management of the church in the country.

New rules in China target unregistered Catholic, Protestant churches

The Chinese government has targeted unregistered Catholic and Protestant churches with a new expansion of rules and regulations governing religious organizations.

Top Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have backed street protesters

Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have widely supported nearly seven months of anti-government protests, except when they turned violent.