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Why Hindu nationalists are attacking Sikhs in Australia

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Hindu nationalists outside India are now terrorizing Sikhs in response to the historic farmer protests.

‘The Witch of Kings Cross’ finds the woman behind the scandal

By Antonio Pagliarulo — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Norton is a figure who may offer a few lessons for society today, when radical personalities and movements abound.

Cardinal Pell’s prison diary explores suffering, solitary lockup

By Nicole Winfield — November 30, 2020
Rome (AP) — "Prison Journal," an account of Pell's months in solitary lockup, also provides personal insights into one of the most divisive figures in the Catholic hierarchy today.

Families confront New Zealand mosque shooter at sentencing

By NIck Perry — August 24, 2020
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Families and survivors had their first chance to confront the white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques as his four-day sentencing hearing began Monday.

Inquiry: Pell knew of abuse by Australian pedophile priest

By Rod McGuirk — May 7, 2020
(AP) — The inquiry rejected Pell’s claim that he was deceived by church officials about Australia’s worst pedophile priest, Gerald Ridsdale.

Australian cardinal links corruption to child abuse charges

By Rod McGuirk — April 15, 2020
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell told an interviewer that some church officials believed his prosecution was an attempt to stop his financial reforms at the Vatican.

‘Don’t lose hope,’ Pope Francis tells diplomats amid war, climate change concerns

By Claire Giangravé — January 9, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis laid out his international agenda for the new year by addressing mounting concerns about the situation in Iran, the impact of climate change in Australia and the necessary steps to ensure peace.

Cardinal Pell’s appeal verdict due but may not be final word

By Rod McGuirk — August 20, 2019
(AP) — Three judges could acquit he 78-year-old former Vatican finance minister, order a retrial or they could reject his appeal.

It’s been a week since the New Zealand attack. Our leaders have a choice to make.

By Shaun Kennedy — March 22, 2019
(RNS) — I grew up in parallel with the Christchurch shooter, but our lives diverged because of the choices we made.

Cardinal Pell sent to prison for abusing 2 boys in Australia

By Rod McGuirk — March 13, 2019
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sentencing the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted of child sex abuse, the judge said Pell showed 'staggering arrogance.'

Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted in Australia

By Rod McGuirk — February 25, 2019
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's economy minister, faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins Wednesday.

US not alone in grappling with Catholic sex abuse, cover-up

By Nicole Winfield — August 22, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cases of Catholic priests raping and molesting children, and of bishops covering up for them, have erupted on nearly every continent in recent years.

Australian’s Parliament speech on ‘final solution’ condemned

By Yonat Shimron — August 15, 2018
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fraser Anning called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and linked Muslim communities to terrorism and being on welfare programs.

Australia bishop to appeal conviction for protecting pedophile

By Rod McGuirk — July 4, 2018
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse said Wednesday that he would appeal the verdict and resist public pressure to resign as archbishop of an Australian city.

Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for cover-up

By Rod McGuirk — July 3, 2018
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — It's a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children.
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