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Catholic faithful wait their turn for confession at Santa Teresa basilica in Caracas during the celebration of the Nazarene of Saint Paul, part of the Holy Week festivities, on April 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian State Premier Challenges Catholic Priests’ ‘Seal of Confession’

The premier of the Australian state of New South Wales State has initiated a national discussion on the inviolability of the Catholic “seal of confession” following a Royal Commission recommendation that priests be required to divulge any sexual abuse of children heard in the confessional.

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Teen Charged in Australia With Terrorism Offences

Australian authorities have charged a teenager with collecting documents that could facilitate terrorist acts, officials said Tuesday. The 18-year-old from the western Sydney suburb of Guildford was arrested late Monday and charged with “three counts of collecting documents likely to

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Australian Anti-Marijuana Campaign Provokes Giggles

An anti-marijuana campaign in Australia featuring a human-sized lumbering stoned sloth acting foolishly has backfired and become the brunt of jokes on social media. Launched this week using the slogan “You’re worse on weed”, it attempts to warn teenagers of

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Aussie Police Rush To Scene Of Killing, Find Dead Spider

Piercing screaming and shouts of “I’m going to kill you” prompted Australian police to rush to a Sydney home at 2am, only to find an embarrassed man and a large spider. New South Wales’s police said officers raced to the