Australian court to say if it will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago.

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of clerical celibacy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia.

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.