Cardinal Thomas Collins (Toronto Archdiocese)

The Canadian government has extended its deadline until Friday for faith-based groups to sign a mandate professing support for abortion if they wish to receive funds for a summer jobs program. Source: Zenit.

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Portrait of St Bakhita (CNS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis has appealed for concerted action against human trafficking ahead of today's Day of Prayer and Awareness against forced migration and slavery. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope Francis at the general audience yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the "good news" of the Gospel can take root in people's hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: The Tablet.

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Pope Benedict XVI at his final general audience, in 2013 (Mazur)

In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a “love and goodness” that he never imagined. Source: CNA.

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The exterior of the Institute for the Works of Religion (NCR/Joshua McElwee)

Two former officials of the Vatican bank have been convicted by a court of the Vatican City State of financial mismanagement of investments and ordered to pay almost $76 million in damages. Source: Crux.

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Stephen Elder (Melbourne Catholic)

A Catholic Education Commission of Victoria report has found elite independent schools are receiving an extra $747 million each year under the federal government's own test of need. Source: ABC News.

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Mathias Cormann (Liberal Party of Australia)

Senator Mathias Cormann has conceded the bill banning foreign donations may need to be changed, as crossbench senators revolt over the administrative burden it places on minor parties, charities and activists. Source: The Guardian.

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Charity shops are competing with online sales sites (The Catholic Leader)

Leading charities have seen a drop in donations because of the rise of online sites where consumers are buying, selling and swapping household goods. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sheree Limbrick (The Southern Cross)

As the inaugural chief of Catholic Professional Standards Limited, Sheree Limbrick says she will know she is doing her job when children and vulnerable people know where to go when something is not right. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Ronald dela Rosa (UCAN/Angie de Silva)

The Philippines' national police chief has attacked Church leaders who described the government's latest anti-narcotics campaign as "mere theatrics". Source: UCAN.

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A stained glass window depicting Pope Paul VI at the UN, New York (CNS)

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints yesterday approved the second miracle needed for the canonisation of Blessed Pope Paul VI. Source: CNA.

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Courses have been cut across the country (Instagram/@acuimages)

The Australian Catholic University has cancelled dozens of courses in the first sign that the federal government’s capping of university teaching funds could stymie choice for students. Source: The Australian.

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The cover of the 2018 Lenten Message (Supplied)

Describing a world marked by signs of “the end of time”, including false prophets and cold hearts, Pope Francis has urged Catholics to use Lent to counteract this “great tribulation” through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Source: Crux.

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Restoration works at the Sistine Chapel (YouTube/CNN)

For a whole month each year, when all the tourists are gone, a team comes into the Sistine Chapel to clean it, check for damage and report on the health of some of the world's most treasured art. Source: CNN.

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Labor and crossbench MPs opposed the expansion of the card (Supplied)

The Turnbull Government's effort to extend cashless welfare card trials further into Western Australia and Queensland has passed the lower house. Source: News.com.au.

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Fr ErnieSmith in 2005 (TheAge/Angela Wylie)

Fr Ernie Smith, founder of Melbourne's Sacred Heart Mission, has been stood down over sexual abuse allegations. Source: The Age.

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Fr Edward Hayes with some of his collection (Catholic Church Archives, Toowoomba)

Fifty years ago, a Toowoomba priest handed over the most valuable private collection of Australiana to the University of Queensland’s Fryer Library. This is his incredible story. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Ashleigh Green, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Angela Markas (ACBC)

Melbourne’s Angela Markas has been encouraged to “be yourself” as she prepares to represent young Australians at a Vatican gathering next month. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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