Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued for more than five hours that the five verdicts against Pell were "unsafe and unsatisfactory" and should be overturned.
The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse will ask an Australian appeals court on Wednesday to reverse convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago as hundreds of worshippers streamed from Masses.
The Australian Catholic Church has released its National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, more than 18 months after they were recommended by the country's landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, in the latest chapter in the overhaul of how the church responds to clergy
Cardinal Pell will appeal his conviction next month. His lawyers have filed an application arguing it should be overturned on three grounds.
The government that leads Australia following May elections needs to increase support for vulnerable families and indigenous Australians, provide jobs for all and aid refugees, the bishops' social services commission said.