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The proposed quarter as viewed from Prince Alfred Square (Parramatta Diocese)

The Diocese of Parramatta has announced plans for a major project around the St Patrick’s Cathedral precinct that will revitalise and renew the northern end of the Parramatta business district, Parramatta Sun reports.

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Questions over screen time (Bigstock)

Catholic parents groups in Tasmania have joined forces to promote a new documentary about the problems facing teenagers growing up in the digital age, The Mercury reports.

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Poster for Migrant and Refugee Sunday (ACMRO)

Child migrants are the focus of the Church's week-long celebration of the contribution of migrants, which will culminate this weekend with Migrant and Refugee Sunday, the ACBC reports.

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Children forced to take up arms (Pixabay)

Child soldiers who should be in school in the Central African Republic (CAR) “have been given guns instead of pens,” Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, has told Crux.

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Mark Eustance (Brisbane Archdiocese)

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has strengthened its efforts towards protecting children and vulnerable adults by appointing a former police officer to a new professional standards role, the Archdiocese reports.

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New philanthropic endeavour (CCI)

Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) is contributing $10 million to establish a new charitable foundation, it has announced in a media release.

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Vatican Astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno (CNS)

A total solar eclipse is a rare event, something to appreciate, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory has told Catholic News Service.

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Questions over religious freedom (Bigstock)

The National Catholic Education Commission has ­defended the right of Catholic schools to teach students the traditional definition of marriage if same-sex marriage becomes law, The Australian reports.

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Debate surrounds new welfare measure (WikiCommons)

Welfare recipients in Sydney's southwest could be randomly tested for drugs from the start of next year, the Sydney Morning Herald/AAP reports.

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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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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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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. 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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