Pope Francis with Papal Foundation members on their 2015 visit (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

The leadership of the US-based Papal Foundation has called for a “a re-evaluation of its mission" after a disagreement over funding a $32 million grant request from the Vatican was leaked to the press. Source: Crux.

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Sweeping welfare reforms that will block dole recipients who fail to meet job-seeking obligations from receiving their payments have passed parliament. Source: The Australian.

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The supermarket in Trebes, France, where the gunman took several people hostage (CNS/Regis Duvignau)

Pope Francis yesterday sent his prayers and condolences to victims of an alleged terrorist attack in southern France, and for those affected by a shopping mall fire in Russia which killed at least 64 people. Source: CNA.

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Binge watching television programs is a recent phenomenon (Bigstock)

Could binge-watching television programs have a negative impact on our spiritual health, asks Natalie Acton. Source: The Good Oil.

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Jacinda Ardern (Facebook/Jacinda Ardern)

New Zealand's Catholic and Anglican churches have written to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asking for religious institutions to be included in the country’s royal commission into abuse in state care. Source: NZ Herald.

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Fr Paul Fyfe SJ blesses the grapes at Sevenhill, Clare Valley (Nat Rogers)

The ceremonial sprinkling of holy water on the first load of grapes delivered to Sevenhill Cellars marked the start of the 2018 vintage at the Jesuit-owned winery in South Australia’s Clare Valley. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Students from Maubara Orphanage in their uniforms (Hobart Archdiocese)

Tasmanian school students have pulled together to recycle their old school uniforms and change the lives of a group of students overseas. Source: Archdiocese of Hobart.

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John Vitek (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

Church leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the US when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Scenes from the Walk for Justice for Refugees in Melbourne on Sunday (Melbourne Catholic)

Thousands of people rallied around the country on Sunday demanding the closure of Australia's detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Source: SBS News.

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Sr Mary Goretti and community members with the ambulance (Catholic Mission)

It wasn’t quite the delivery they are used to, but for Sr Mary Goretti and her small staff at St Luke Health Centre in Bujuni, Uganda, it was one that will save hundreds of lives. Source: Catholic Mission.

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Students with their March for Our Lives signs in Washington DC (America/Teresa Donnellan)

Many Catholic groups joined hundreds of thousands of protesters in the March for Our Lives in Washington on Saturday to show solidarity with those working for gun control in the US. Source: America Magazine.

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Simon Birmingham (Liberal Party)

The federal government will consider using parents' tax returns to determine how much they can afford to pay to send their kids to Catholic and private schools. Source: The Courier Mail.

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Pre-Synod participants celebrate the end of the conference (Vatican News)

A Vatican-hosted conference of 300 young people has acknowledged that some in their generation want the Church to change its teachings on “polemical issues” such as same-sex marriage and contraception. Source: NCR.

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Arnaud Beltrame (Catholic Herald/SkyNews)

The police officer who died after taking the place of a hostage in France was a practising Catholic who had “experienced a genuine conversion”. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Year 9 students at Eileen O’Connor Catholic College, Lewisham (Kitty Beale)

The strength, determination and charity of the woman who could be Australia’s next saint serves as an inspiration for students at a Sydney school named in her honour. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Cassandra Goldie (ACOSS)

A coalition of prominent welfare groups has implored Senate crossbenchers to reject the Turnbull Government’s corporate tax cuts, saying the policy is “unconscionable” when millions live in poverty. Source: Canberra Times.

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Religious freedom laws are under consideration (Bigstock)

I initially thought the inquiry into religious freedom would not be of great concern to most Australians. How wrong I was: the review panel has received over 16,000 submissions, writes Fr David Holdcroft. Source: Eureka Street.

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Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass (CNS/Paul Haring)

Jesus was the original target of “media spin”, Pope Francis said during his Palm Sunday homily yesterday. Source: Crux.

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