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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.
Thousands of Australians have marked World Refugee Day (20 June) by rallying to demand an end to mandatory detention of asylum seekers.
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.
As international calls for justice for Bethlehem mount again at Christmastide, Australian church leaders returned from a visit to their region have added their voices to those supporting the beleagured city of Jesus' birth.