Writing from the devil

Fans of Lewis C.S. Lewis can have sympathy for what he endured in writing The Screwtape Letters, writes John Clark in the National Catholic Register.

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Bernini

Pope Francis has invited charismatics and Pentecostal and Evangelical church members to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, reports Crux/CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Catholic schools may be forced to raise fees due to the funding cuts (NCEC)

The Federal government has unfairly singled out the Catholic schools sector for funding cuts that will lead to increased fees, says the National Catholic Education Commission.

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Sarah Kiden, 18, and her son are affected by the famine (Caritas/Ivy Njiokiktjien)

The famine gripping parts of South Sudan could be the 'gravest food security' disaster since the 1984 African famine, reports Caritas Australia.

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Brother Rene Stockman (MercatorNet)

Following a decision by the board of several Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals to start performing euthanasia, the religious brothers who operate the hospitals said the policy change is unacceptable, CNA reports.

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James Robinson and Elizabeth Harrington

After 23 years as the Education Officer at Liturgy Brisbane, and after writing hundreds of her 'Liturgy Lines' column, Elizabeth Harrington is retiring, the Archdiocese of Brisbane reports.

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Sporting clubs, churches and schools need to be child-safe institutions (Pixabay)

Involving children in the research and decisions that will impact their lives is essential to protect them from being abused within institutions, a symposium has been told, reports The Guardian.

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The statue will visit the UN on 12 May (Patheos)

One day before the May 13 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the United Nations, CNA reports.

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Victorian budget fails to further address causes of disadvantage (CSSV/Fiona Basile)

The Victorian budget tackles family violence and transport but fails badly in other areas, according to Catholic Social Services Victoria.

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Notre Dame University

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Catholic Bishops of the Philippines (CBCP News)

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has renewed its appeal for lawmakers to reject the bill reimposing the death penalty, reports CBCP News.

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Sr Radha Krishnan Iver (Crux)

Conversion stories abound in Christian literature. The modern conversion story is less well known, especially in places not associated in the Western mind with Christianity, reports Crux.

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Blessed Joseph Mayr-Nusser (Pinterest)

Pope Francis said an Italian martyr who refused to take the “Hitler oath” after he was drafted into the German army in 1944 is a “model for fathers”, reports the Catholic Herald.

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Bathroom sign (Dreamstime)

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would require people to use bathrooms based on the sex on their birth certificate, but it faces significant opposition from influential corporations and LGBT activists, reports Catholic News Agency.

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Time to tackle behaviour issue (Bigstock)

We’ve dropped the ball when it comes to giving sound instruction and example to boys and young men, writes Monica Doumit in the Catholic Weekly.

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Fr Paul Gardiner SJ (Australian Jesuits)

Australian Catholics are honouring the life and work of Fr Paul Gardiner SJ, who died on Saturday aged 93, reports the Australian Jesuits.

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FTB supplements could be scrapped (Bigstock)

Family advocates believe plans to save $4 billion by scrapping family tax benefits shows the federal government is only interested in “competing” with stay-at-home mothers, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Nyamata Memorial Site, Rwanda (Wikimedia)

Pope Francis has asked God's forgiveness for the failures of the Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide, Catholic News Service reports.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

Cardinal George Pell has accused the Senate of launching an “extraordinary and unjust” attack against him and interfering with due process, reports The Australian.

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