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Late Sr. Mary Batchelor with some of her South Sudanese pupils. Credit: Courtesy photo /

Tributes Overflow for Missionary Nun Who Defied Hardships to Educate South Sudanese

Former students of Sr. Mary Batchelor, a Missionary Religious Sister from Australia who served in South Sudan for close to two decades, have paid glowing tributes to the Catholic Nun who endured hostility in the East-Central African country to ensure that children, especially those from poor families, were educated.

Cardinal George Pell. / CNA file photo

Cardinal Pell's Prison Journal Will be 'spiritual classic,' Publisher Says

The publisher of the prison diary of Cardinal George Pell said the text reveals the courage, conviction, and Christian charity of the cardinal.

Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican, March 2016. / Alexey Gotovskyi/CNA.

After Criminal Acquittal, Cardinal Pell Likely to Face Several Civil Suits

The High Court of Australia this week overturned Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse, and despite his release from prison, Pell is likely to face several civil lawsuits from alleged abuse victims and their families.

Cardinal George Pell. / Alexey Gotovsky/CNA

Cardinal George Pell's Abuse Convictions Overturned by Australia's High Court

After an ordeal that began nearly four years ago, and more than 13 months of imprisonment, Cardinal George Pell is expected to be released from prison imminently, after his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse was overturned unanimously Tuesday by Australia’s High Court.

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As Fires Continue to Burn, Australian Bishop Calls for Prayer, Support

As fires throughout parts of Australia continue to worsen, the Archbishop of Melbourne called for prayers and encouraged Catholics to donate to those in need.