The progressive pastoral centre was established in 1975 (Saint-Merry Pastoral Centre website)

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit will close a progressive Catholic community in the French capital because of its members’ refusal to accept recent priests that have been assigned there. Source: La Croix International.

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The review looked at the impact of the cashless welfare card in three trial areas (ABC Wide Bay/Nicole Hegarty)

A review of the Commonwealth Government’s cashless welfare card found the program contributes to feelings of stigma and embarrassment, while providing some reduction in alcohol use and gambling. Source: ABC News.

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Bishop George Sheltz of Galveston-Houston breathes into sacred chrism oil during the chrism Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston during Holy Week, 2019 (CNS/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its first full year, the Vatican has reminded bishops that the guidelines it issued last year for celebrating the Holy Week and Easter liturgies remain valid. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis sprinkles ashes on the head of a cardinal during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Vatican yesterday (Vatican News)

Celebrating Mass for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on Lent as a journey of return to God and an opportunity for people to deepen their love of others. Source: Vatican News.

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Alex and Teigan McKinnon with their daughter Harriet (Aurora)

Former Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon says there are many similarities between going to church and taking part in sport. Source: Aurora.

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ACRATH is encouraging people to buy certified slavery-free chocolate (ACRATH)

Catholic anti-slavery organisation ACRATH is calling on Australians to name their “chocolate change” in Lent and stick to it beyond Easter.

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Jacqui Francis, Bishop Tim Harris, Jan Grajczonek and Lee Ann Barton at the book launch (Townsville Catholic Education)

Townsville Catholic Education has launched a new book that aims to develop the spiritual and religious knowledge of young children attending the diocese’s Catholic kindergartens.

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Students from Parramatta Marist school celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia (NCEC)

Celebrations to mark the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia begin today, with students from schools with links to the nation’s first Catholic school participating in a virtual national launch. Source: NCEC.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli)

People are investing a lot of hope in a vaccine as the way out of COVID-19. Though no panacea, it is great that several vaccines have been achieved and more are on the way, writes Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Source: Courier-Mail.

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Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood principal Craig Mooney and students (Sydney Catholic Schools)

Education in Sydney's eastern suburbs is about to change with the reimagining of three Catholic schools into state-of-the-art, innovative centres for contemporary learning. Source: Sydney Catholic Schools.

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Protesters  demonstrate against euthanasia in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014 (CNS/Laurent Dubrule, Reuters)

Euthanasia cases have risen rapidly in Belgium and the Netherlands since the practices were legalised in 2002, according to a bioethics institute. Source: CNA.

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Offices of the Vatican City State judiciary (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has approved changes to Vatican City State’s penal code and criminal justice proceedings, including the possibilities of reduced sentences, rehabilitation programs and community service sentencing. Source: Crux.

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An image from the Islamic State video of the 21 Coptic martyrs who were beheaded in Libya in 2015 (CNS/Reuters)

Pope Francis released a video on Monday praying for 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic fundamentalists on a beach in Libya in 2015. Source: Crux.

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Funds raised through previous Project Compassion appeals helped Rohingya woman Jamila find emergency food and shelter in Bangladesh (Caritas Bangladesh)

Caritas Australia today launches Project Compassion, its annual Lenten appeal, calling for Australians to “Be More” in helping vulnerable communities worldwide, drawing inspiration from St Oscar Romero.

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Australia’s Catholic bishops endorse the efforts to offer vaccination to all who can safely receive one (CNS/Cindy Liu, Reuters)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has welcomed the arrival of the first doses of coronavirus vaccines for use in Australia. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Catholic Social Services Australia believes disadvantage will be further entrenched if JobSeeker reverts to $40 a day (Bigstock)

Catholic Social Services Australia chief executive Ursula Stephens says the failure to retain the higher JobSeeker rate provided during the pandemic will create financial pressure on families that could last for generations.

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Nades and Priya and Murugappan and their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa (Twitter/HometoBilo)

The Federal Court has stopped the deportation of a Tamil family seeking asylum but they will remain in detention on Christmas Island. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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 The aged care royal commission will deliver its final report on the sector on February 26 (Bigstock)

Just a quarter of people receiving residential aged care in Australia feel their needs are always met, while the figure for home care is even lower. Source: 7news.com.au.

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