The St Vincent de Paul Society says the bill exacerbates inequality by reinforcing insecure work and increasing casualisation of the workforce (Bigstock)

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Morrison Government to put consideration of the Fair Work Bill on hold until a report on related legislation has been tabled in June this year.

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Dr Roger Lord (LinkedIn)

With concern growing over more infectious strains of COVID-19 in Australia and breaches in hotel quarantine, Australian Catholic University expert Roger Lord says a national approach to hotel quarantine must be considered.

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The logo for Pope Francis March trip to Iraq (Vatican News)

Less than three weeks from Pope Francis’ highly anticipated trip, the Iraqi Government has announced new COVID-19 restrictions, which includes the closure of all houses of worship until the last day of his March 5-8 visit. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Catholic religious pray in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on Friday (UCANews/SJA sisters)

Catholic religious, priests and lay people joined anti-coup protests on Sunday in Buddhist-majority Myanmar following the country’s February 1 coup. Source: UCA News.

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Milton Howard (left) and Graham Spurling (The Southern Cross)

A bedroom in an Adelaide aged care home might seem an unlikely place for a discussion on the future of the Church in Australia, but for Milton Howard it is a case of the Holy Spirit at work. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Scott Morrison delivers his apology in Parliament yesterday (YouTube/Scott MorrisonMP)

Emotional tributes have been shared in federal Parliament 13 years on from the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Source: SBS News.

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A large cross above the mausoleum where the tomb of former Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco was located in the Valley of the Fallen near Madrid before it was exhumed in 2019 (CNS/Emilio Naranjo, pool via Reuters)

A group of Spanish lawyers has launched petitions and lawsuits to prevent the removal of crosses by local officials after claims that Christian symbols are linked to the country’s former dictatorship. Source: CNS.

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More than 1000 organisations are behind the campaign (careaboutagedcare.org.au)

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the launch of a nationwide coalition of providers to advocate for better aged care standards and funding.

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Broken Bay Diocese’s Lenten program includes printed and online resources (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has developed a Lenten program based on his top pastoral priorities to bring the communities of the diocese together to prepare for Easter. Source: Broken Bay News.

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Social housing in Greater Western Sydney, built in 2019  (FACS/NSW)

Australia’s leading economists believe governments don’t spend enough time on housing policy and it is costing the nation money as well as widening the inequality gap. Source: The Guardian.

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The bill would require any doctor in Ireland not willing to assist with a suicide to refer the patient to another doctor (Supplied)

Ireland’s bishops say proposed euthanasia legislation would encourage suicide and weaken protections against the “non-consensual killing” of at-risk people. Source: Crux.

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The Government is under pressure to lift the permanent base payment for JobSeeker (ABC News/Nic MacBean)

Welfare payments could be streamlined into a single payment for unemployed Australians receiving up to a dozen other supplements or subsidies under a proposal being considered by the Morrison Government. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Peter Cziborra, Reuters)

Some faith leaders are telling parishioners they can request which COVID-19 vaccine they receive, but the Commonwealth Government is saying most people won’t have a choice. Source: The Age.

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A socially distanced Mass at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral in July 2020 (Sydney Archdiocese)

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has again lifted the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the Sydney Archdiocese as COVID-19 restrictions eased in New South Wales. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta during Lent last year (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to practise charity during Lent this year by caring for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNA.

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Immaculata Mission School attendees at St James’ College, Cygnet, in Tasmania’s Huon Valley (Hobart Archdiocese)

“Made for Heaven” was the theme for a five-day Immaculata Mission School in Tasmania’s Huon Valley attended by 180 young people and families from across Australia. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Fr Werenfried van Straaten (CNS/ACN)

International charity Aid to the Church in Need said it found “very plausible” the claim that its founder, the late Fr Werenfried van Straaten, had sexually assaulted a former employee in the 1970s. Source: NCR Online.

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(Bigstock)

Catholic Schools NSW will spend $173 million to upgrade 36 of its schools, most of them in Sydney’s southwest and northwest. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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