A payday loan shop in London (CNS/Suzanne Plunkett, Reuters)

Usury is a grave sin that must be fought by building more just and humane economic and financial systems as well as by teaching people to live within their means, Pope Francis said at the weekend. Source: CNS.

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Priests kneel before the Blessed Sacrament (CNS/Christopher Riggs)

Pope Francis has stressed the importance of silent adoration of God. His comments came in his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican yesterday. Source: Zenit.

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The welfare system overhaul is designed to streamline services (Eureka Street)

The Turnbull Government’s planned changes to the welfare system risk pushing more vulnerable Australians into homelessness, a Victorian advocacy group has warned. Source: The Guardian.

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Parish priest Fr Hiliary Rotich at Sacred Heart Church, Beagle Bay (mnnews.today)

Few churches in Australia are more remote, or beautiful, than Sacred Heart Church in Beagle Bay, which is celebrating its centenary year. Source: mnnews.today.

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Pope Francis leads the November 2017 prayer service (CNS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis has declared February 23 to be a day of prayer and fasting for peace given the many ongoing conflicts throughout the world, particularly those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. Source: Crux.

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St John of God provides palliative care services in WA (St John of God)

Catholic health care provider St John of God wants the right to refuse to perform assisted suicides at its hospitals if euthanasia is legalised in Western Australia. Source: Perth Now.

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Bishop Peter Ingham (ACBC)

Outgoing Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham has apologised to victims and survivors of sexual abuse carried out by a former Catholic primary school principal in the diocese. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Fr Frank Brennan SJ (Supplied)

While the media spotlight was on the same-sex marriage vote on the last sitting day of Parliament for 2017, the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017 was quietly introduced, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Dr Lee-Anne Perry (The Catholic Leader)

Queensland's key advocate for Catholic schools believes Australian leaders can help reduce bullying among young people by examining how they behave in public. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Fr Manh Le SVD with a family in Brazil (In the Word)

After 15 years of missionary life in Brazil, Divine Word Missionary Fr Manh Le says he is pleased to be back in Australia, even though life is taking a bit of getting used to. Source: In the Word.

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Ivo Poppe (Le Parisien)

A Belgian judge has jailed a Catholic deacon for 27 years for killing five people, including his mother, in what he claimed was a bid to end their suffering. Details: The Australian.

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Catholic parishes, communities and homes are invited to take part (Supplied)

The Australian Catholic bishops have proclaimed the days from Ash Wednesday until the following Saturday (February 14-17) Days of Fasting and Reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and the healing of victims. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis said every human life is sacred (CNS/Paul Haring)

On Friday, Pope Francis condemned the use of violence in the name of religion and called on political and religious leaders to warn those who have such a misguided interpretation of faith. Source: Crux.

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx (CNS/Dermot Roantree)

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference believes priests can conduct blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. Source: CNA.

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Amanda Humeniuk with students Caitlin and Abby holding bags of coffee (The Southern Cross)

Coffee is proving to be a popular and inspiring fundraising conduit for innovative ecological action projects in South Australian Catholic schools. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Sr Isabell Naumann (Seminary of the Good Shepherd)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has appointed Schoenstatt Sister Isabell Naumann as the president of the Catholic Institute of Sydney. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Enrolments at Catholic schools decreased in 2017 (NCEC)

The National Catholic Education Commission says parents in some communities are struggling to pay Catholic school fees as the cost of living increases, but wages stagnate. Source: The Australian.

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Sisters attend the Mass for religious at the Vatican, Saturday (CNS/Max Rossi)

Members of religious orders must realise that they need each other to renew and strengthen their knowledge of the Lord, Pope Francis told consecrated men and women at the weekend. Source: Catholic Herald.

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