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The government's shunning of asylum seekers means "no room at the inn" for Mary and Joseph, says an Australian archbishop.
Many of Australia's 3,000 active and retired Catholic priests are critical of their bishops, feeling constrained and poorly managed, a survey suggests.
The Pope has accepted the early resignation of a bishop in Australia whose diocese has been beset by several prominent sex-abuse scandals.
A team travelling on behalf of the World Council of Churches has been welcomed to the Northern Territory of Australia by an Aboriginal elder.
Australia - described in the 19th century by a Scottish church minister as "the most Godless place under heaven" - will get its first Catholic saint later this year.
Governments, aid agencies and humanitarian actors must spend twice as much on disaster preparedness activities that could save millions of lives, according to Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross.