VMCH case worker Caitlin with  Antoinetta Tenace and her her iPad (VMCH)

A Melbourne Catholic agency has taken the theme for tomorrow’s United Nations World Day of Social Justice seriously, working hard to ensure “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy” is being heard. Source: VMCH.

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A man in Pflugerville, Texas, in a neighbourhood where the electricity was cut (CNS/Bronte Wittpenn, Austin American-Statesman, USA Today Network via Reuters)

Below-zero temperatures, teeth-chattering wind chills and deep snow turned the United States southern plains into an Arctic landscape, forcing Catholic agencies to adopt emergency measures to get people to safety. Source: NCR Online.

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 Catholic agencies and organisation are among those who have called for a permanent increase to JobSeeker (ABC News)

The Morrison Government could legislate a permanent increase to fortnightly JobSeeker payments as early as next week, as Cabinet’s Budget committee is today expected to sign off on a potential new welfare payment. Source: The Australian.

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The pastoral letter discusses the distinctive role Catholic schools play in educating and forming young people of faith and service (ACBC)

Australia’s bishops have written a pastoral letter to school leaders, staff, students and families to mark the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in Australia. Source: ACBC and NCEC.

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Toby oConnor, Michele O’Neil, Ursula Stephens and Kasy Chambers at Parliament House (Supplied)

Catholic Social Services Australia has joined its voice with the St Vincent de Paul Society, Anglicare and the Australian Council of Trade Unions in opposing proposed changes to the Fair Work Act.

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UNICEF-World Health Organisation said more than three quarters of the 128 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far have occurred in only 10 countries (CNS)

Catholic Religious Australia is opposed to the stockpiling of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy nations and is calling for an equitable distribution of vaccines around the globe, particularly to developing nations.

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Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in News of the World (Universal Studios/Bruce Talamon)

The ethnic, sectional and economic tensions of the Reconstruction era are explored in the epic adventure News of the World. So, too, is the redemptive bond uniting its two main characters, both victims of personal tragedy. Source: CNS.

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Fr Mario Debattista OFM (The Catholic Leader)

The Holy Land Commissary for Australia, Franciscan Father Mario Debattista, says the caretakers are in urgent need of donations. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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During the pandemic’s second wave people with learning disabilities were told they would not be resuscitated if they fell seriously ill with COVID-19 (Bigstock)

Bishops of England and Wales have reacted with dismay at the issuing of blanket 'Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation' (DNACPR) orders to people with learning disabilities. Source: Vatican News.

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 The progressive pastoral centre was established in 1975 (Saint-Merry Pastoral Centre website)

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit will close a progressive Catholic community in the French capital because of its members’ refusal to accept recent priests that have been assigned there. Source: La Croix International.

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The review looked at the impact of the cashless welfare card in three trial areas (ABC Wide Bay/Nicole Hegarty)

A review of the Commonwealth Government’s cashless welfare card found the program contributes to feelings of stigma and embarrassment, while providing some reduction in alcohol use and gambling. Source: ABC News.

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Bishop George Sheltz of Galveston-Houston breathes into sacred chrism oil during the chrism Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston during Holy Week, 2019 (CNS/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its first full year, the Vatican has reminded bishops that the guidelines it issued last year for celebrating the Holy Week and Easter liturgies remain valid. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis sprinkles ashes on the head of a cardinal during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Vatican yesterday (Vatican News)

Celebrating Mass for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on Lent as a journey of return to God and an opportunity for people to deepen their love of others. Source: Vatican News.

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Alex and Teigan McKinnon with their daughter Harriet (Aurora)

Former Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon says there are many similarities between going to church and taking part in sport. Source: Aurora.

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ACRATH is encouraging people to buy certified slavery-free chocolate (ACRATH)

Catholic anti-slavery organisation ACRATH is calling on Australians to name their “chocolate change” in Lent and stick to it beyond Easter.

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Jacqui Francis, Bishop Tim Harris, Jan Grajczonek and Lee Ann Barton at the book launch (Townsville Catholic Education)

Townsville Catholic Education has launched a new book that aims to develop the spiritual and religious knowledge of young children attending the diocese’s Catholic kindergartens.

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Students from Parramatta Marist school celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia (NCEC)

Celebrations to mark the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia begin today, with students from schools with links to the nation’s first Catholic school participating in a virtual national launch. Source: NCEC.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli)

People are investing a lot of hope in a vaccine as the way out of COVID-19. Though no panacea, it is great that several vaccines have been achieved and more are on the way, writes Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Source: Courier-Mail.

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