Pedestrians are reflected in a Westpac logo in Sydney. Australia’s financial crime fighting agency has accused the bank of the biggest breach of money laundering laws in the nation’s history. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Australia’s financial crime fighting agency has accused Westpac of the biggest breach of money laundering laws in the nation’s history. It alleges tha(...)

Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks at a press conference in response to the releasing of the Banking Royal Commission findings at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

A special government-appointed inquiry excoriated Australia’s financial sector for misconduct on Monday, referring two dozen cases to regulators for (...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

The simmering resentment of some Catholic clergy in Ireland over low attendance at events during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has finally brok(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “We had five new complaints alone in July about abuse by already-known Dublin diocesan priests, as compared with nine for all of 2017.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Catholic Church in Dublin received five new clerical abuse complaints in July compared to nine in all of last year, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has(...)

Australian prime minister Malcom Turnbull: We must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday he will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and the(...)

Mary McAleese: the former president said the Chilean bishops’ resignation seemed to her “a huge acceptance of responsibility”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s Catholic bishops considered resigning en masse following the publication of the Ryan and Murphy reports into child abuse in 2009, former pre(...)

Marie Collins from One in Four: It is doubtful she will be moved by the new “understanding” currently wafting from some in the Vatican. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been said of some senior civil servants, in Ireland as elsewhere, that they believe governments are elected to carry out their will. Such Sir H(...)

Cardinal George Pell: confirmed that he was questioned in Rome last week by Australian police in relation to sex abuse allegations. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican, has confirmed that he was questioned in Rome last week by Australia(...)

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on Thursday at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

At 2.45am in the dark, wet Roman morning, Australian cardinal George Pell heard some very welcome words: “That concludes your evidence. Thank you, you(...)

‘We need strong vision, less spinning,’ Archbiship Diarmuid Martin  said at the launch of the Crosscare report. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The level of homelessness in Dublin has been described as “shameful” by Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. “We need strong vision, less spinning,” h(...)