Social housing in Greater Western Sydney, built in 2019  (FACS/NSW)

Australia’s leading economists believe governments don’t spend enough time on housing policy and it is costing the nation money as well as widening the inequality gap. Source: The Guardian.

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The bill would require any doctor in Ireland not willing to assist with a suicide to refer the patient to another doctor (Supplied)

Ireland’s bishops say proposed euthanasia legislation would encourage suicide and weaken protections against the “non-consensual killing” of at-risk people. Source: Crux.

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The Government is under pressure to lift the permanent base payment for JobSeeker (ABC News/Nic MacBean)

Welfare payments could be streamlined into a single payment for unemployed Australians receiving up to a dozen other supplements or subsidies under a proposal being considered by the Morrison Government. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Peter Cziborra, Reuters)

Some faith leaders are telling parishioners they can request which COVID-19 vaccine they receive, but the Commonwealth Government is saying most people won’t have a choice. Source: The Age.

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A socially distanced Mass at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral in July 2020 (Sydney Archdiocese)

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has again lifted the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the Sydney Archdiocese as COVID-19 restrictions eased in New South Wales. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta during Lent last year (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to practise charity during Lent this year by caring for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNA.

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Immaculata Mission School attendees at St James’ College, Cygnet, in Tasmania’s Huon Valley (Hobart Archdiocese)

“Made for Heaven” was the theme for a five-day Immaculata Mission School in Tasmania’s Huon Valley attended by 180 young people and families from across Australia. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Fr Werenfried van Straaten (CNS/ACN)

International charity Aid to the Church in Need said it found “very plausible” the claim that its founder, the late Fr Werenfried van Straaten, had sexually assaulted a former employee in the 1970s. Source: NCR Online.

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Catholic Schools NSW will spend $173 million to upgrade 36 of its schools, most of them in Sydney’s southwest and northwest. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his Government is “still considering” potential changes to JobSeeker, with Treasury providing advice on a “range of options” on the welfare payment. Source: The Guardian.

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The United Kingdom

Bishops of England and Wales have welcomed a new National Health Service campaign aimed at encouraging people to talk to their families and loved ones about their organ donation decisions. Source: Vatican News.

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Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS/Paul Haring)

A French sister who could be the first woman to cast a vote in the Synod of Bishops says her appointment as an undersecretary is evidence the “clericalist mindset is changing”. Source: Crux.

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The aftermath of the burst glacier in Uttarakhand, India (Vatican Media/ANSA)

Pope Francis has voiced his prayers for the victims of a glacier-caused flash flood in India’s northern Uttarakhand state, as rescuers seek to save workers trapped in underground tunnels. Source: CNA.

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The Good Samaritan by Balthasar van Cortbemde (1612-1663), oil on canvas, 1647 (Wikipedia)

In his encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis spent time drawing on the parable of the Good Samaritan. He suggested its regular retelling is a function of its simplicity and its universality, writes Julian Butler SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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The Eagle

An Archdiocese of Perth retreat centre escaped major damage during last week’s bushfires in Wooroloo, thanks to the quick thinking efforts of the fire crews. Source: The Record.

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Bishop Robert Rabbat blesses the Melkite heritage display at St Michael’s Melkite Cathedral in Darlington, in Sydney (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Saint Michael the Archangel is this year celebrating its 130th year of ecclesiastic existence in Australia. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Naomi Watts in Penguin Bloom (Village Roadshow)

Based on a true story, Penguin Bloom is a story about family, joy, tragedy, hope and a wounded magpie named Penguin. Source: Jesuit Media.

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Seafarers with care packs from Stella Maris Australia (ACBC)

Thousands of people working on the seas have received care packages in recent weeks following the allocation of Stella Maris Australia funding to port chaplaincies across the country just before Christmas. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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