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Students from St. Rita School recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a Veterans Day service Nov. 8 in Webster, N.Y. Marked officially on Nov. 11, the holiday honors all veterans of the U.S. armed forces. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

The Australian Federal Government has called a Royal Commission into child abuse. Under pressure to act following growing calls for a national inquiry into explosive allegations by a senior New South Wales police investigator that the Catholic Church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests.

Background on story above: A senior serving police officer: "Many police are frustrated by this sinister behaviour which will continue until someone stops it."

Australia: Two state inquires already underway: Child abuse inquiry reaches wide

Australia: THE Catholic Church has settled thousands of claims of child abuse outside of its internal complaints' system, Melbourne Response, in an attempt to silence them, a victims' group says.

Australia: Abuse Royal Commission gets former bishop's backing. Former Bishop for Toowoomba William Morris was once chairman of a the committee that set Catholic policy nationwide in handling abuse allegations.

Explore this NCR special report with recent articles on the topic of immigration and family separation.

The U.S. bishops meet in Baltimore this week: Commentary -- Is there a political plan B for the bishops?by Tom Reese

The Bishops in Baltimore: Catholic bishops get crash course in social media

Call to Action Annual Conference -- CTA in Louisville discusses race

Ghana: Catholic Bishops Raise Alarm Over Corruption

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

The Association of Catholics in Ireland New Catholic lay group sets out 'reform agenda'

Oregon girls go on a 'nun run'

Nebraska's new bishop: Meet the new bishop of Lincoln's Catholic Diocese: James D. Conley

Houston, Texas: Catholic diocese moving ex-prisoners' transitional living center to church campus

Words fail us: Parishioners respond to the new Missal a year later

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