Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood principal Craig Mooney and students (Sydney Catholic Schools)

Education in Sydney's eastern suburbs is about to change with the reimagining of three Catholic schools into state-of-the-art, innovative centres for contemporary learning. Source: Sydney Catholic Schools.

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Protesters  demonstrate against euthanasia in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014 (CNS/Laurent Dubrule, Reuters)

Euthanasia cases have risen rapidly in Belgium and the Netherlands since the practices were legalised in 2002, according to a bioethics institute. Source: CNA.

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Offices of the Vatican City State judiciary (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has approved changes to Vatican City State’s penal code and criminal justice proceedings, including the possibilities of reduced sentences, rehabilitation programs and community service sentencing. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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An image from the Islamic State video of the 21 Coptic martyrs who were beheaded in Libya in 2015 (CNS/Reuters)

Pope Francis released a video on Monday praying for 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic fundamentalists on a beach in Libya in 2015. Source: Crux.

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Funds raised through previous Project Compassion appeals helped Rohingya woman Jamila find emergency food and shelter in Bangladesh (Caritas Bangladesh)

Caritas Australia today launches Project Compassion, its annual Lenten appeal, calling for Australians to “Be More” in helping vulnerable communities worldwide, drawing inspiration from St Oscar Romero.

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Australia’s Catholic bishops endorse the efforts to offer vaccination to all who can safely receive one (CNS/Cindy Liu, Reuters)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has welcomed the arrival of the first doses of coronavirus vaccines for use in Australia. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Catholic Social Services Australia believes disadvantage will be further entrenched if JobSeeker reverts to $40 a day (Bigstock)

Catholic Social Services Australia chief executive Ursula Stephens says the failure to retain the higher JobSeeker rate provided during the pandemic will create financial pressure on families that could last for generations.

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Nades and Priya and Murugappan and their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa (Twitter/HometoBilo)

The Federal Court has stopped the deportation of a Tamil family seeking asylum but they will remain in detention on Christmas Island. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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 The aged care royal commission will deliver its final report on the sector on February 26 (Bigstock)

Just a quarter of people receiving residential aged care in Australia feel their needs are always met, while the figure for home care is even lower. Source: 7news.com.au.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society says the bill exacerbates inequality by reinforcing insecure work and increasing casualisation of the workforce (Bigstock)

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Morrison Government to put consideration of the Fair Work Bill on hold until a report on related legislation has been tabled in June this year.

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Dr Roger Lord (LinkedIn)

With concern growing over more infectious strains of COVID-19 in Australia and breaches in hotel quarantine, Australian Catholic University expert Roger Lord says a national approach to hotel quarantine must be considered.

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The logo for Pope Francis March trip to Iraq (Vatican News)

Less than three weeks from Pope Francis’ highly anticipated trip, the Iraqi Government has announced new COVID-19 restrictions, which includes the closure of all houses of worship until the last day of his March 5-8 visit. Source: Crux.

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Catholic religious pray in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on Friday (UCANews/SJA sisters)

Catholic religious, priests and lay people joined anti-coup protests on Sunday in Buddhist-majority Myanmar following the country’s February 1 coup. Source: UCA News.

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Milton Howard (left) and Graham Spurling (The Southern Cross)

A bedroom in an Adelaide aged care home might seem an unlikely place for a discussion on the future of the Church in Australia, but for Milton Howard it is a case of the Holy Spirit at work. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Scott Morrison delivers his apology in Parliament yesterday (YouTube/Scott MorrisonMP)

Emotional tributes have been shared in federal Parliament 13 years on from the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Source: SBS News.

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A large cross above the mausoleum where the tomb of former Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco was located in the Valley of the Fallen near Madrid before it was exhumed in 2019 (CNS/Emilio Naranjo, pool via Reuters)

A group of Spanish lawyers has launched petitions and lawsuits to prevent the removal of crosses by local officials after claims that Christian symbols are linked to the country’s former dictatorship. Source: CNS.

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More than 1000 organisations are behind the campaign (careaboutagedcare.org.au)

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the launch of a nationwide coalition of providers to advocate for better aged care standards and funding.

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Broken Bay Diocese’s Lenten program includes printed and online resources (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has developed a Lenten program based on his top pastoral priorities to bring the communities of the diocese together to prepare for Easter. Source: Broken Bay News.

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