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Australian bishops expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for authorizing an Australian plenary council, a meeting in which decisions become binding on the church in the country.
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.
Cardinal Blase Cupich is not expected to leave the Archdiocese of Chicago for a new position at the Vatican, several sources close to the prelate say.
Catholics lament Trump's plan repeal of Clean Power Plan; Australian bishops meet with Vatican to discuss sex abuse investigations; 'Amoris Laetitia' needs more bishops in "Francis mode"