The medical boat named after Pope Francis (Associação e Fraternidade São Francisco de Assis na Providência de Deus)

Two hospital boats sent to the remote communities of the Amazon region in Brazil to treat COVID-19 patients have suspended operations after their entire staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Source: Crux.

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Dozens of people in immigration detention in Brisbane have been released into the community (Twitter/refugeevoicesau)

Dozens of asylum-seekers detained in a Brisbane motel are being released into the community on bridging visas, refugee advocates say. Source: SBS News.

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Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS/Vatican Media)

People should fast from gossiping and spreading hearsay and instead take up reading the Gospel as part of their Lenten journey, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Source: CNS.

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI, in Germany in June, 2020 (CNS photo/Daniel Karmann, DPA, Reuters)

Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope in an interview with an Italian newspaper published yesterday. Source: CNA

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Margret at the San Isidro Care Centre in the Solomon Islands (Caritas Australia/Neil Nuia)

Caritas Australia's Project Compassion campaign has helped secure a water supply for a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands.

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Sacred Heart Church in Hughenden (Churches Australia)

Catholics in Hughenden in Far North Queensland face a future without their own place of worship, with the town’s 1960s church to be demolished in the next few months. Source: ABC News.

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The moratorium was brought in to protect tenants suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19 (Bigstock)

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is deeply concerned that the expiration of the rental moratorium at the end of March will push thousands of vulnerable people into debt and poverty.

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The program offers $2000 no interest loans to women leaving family violence situations (Bigstock)

A new financial support program for women experiencing family violence will help victim survivors to leave abusive situations and rebuild their lives. Source: Good Shepherd.

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Scott Morrison yesterday after the release of the final report (ABC News)

Catholic Health Australia is urging the Morrison Government to not let the once-in-a-generation opportunity presented by the aged care royal commission for lasting and meaningful reform pass it by.

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University students return to campus today (ACU)

Australian Catholic University’s eight campuses will be bustling with thousands of students beginning their university journey or resuming their studies when semester one begins today.

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A small group session at the formation week at Good Shepherd Seminary, Sydney (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Priests will be better equipped in the future to harness the gifts of people in the pews to lead parishes collaboratively, says the rector of Sydney's Good Shepherd seminary, Fr Michael de Stoop. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Nigerian schoolboys after their rescue by security forces in Katsina, Nigeria in 2020 (CNS/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters)

Pope Francis has joined the bishops of Nigeria in appealing for the release of 317 schoolgirls who were abducted in northwest Nigeria on Friday. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope Francis (Vatican News)

In a candid 2019 interview published on Saturday, Pope Francis reveals that he sees himself “dying as Pope” in Rome, without returning home to his native Argentina. Source: Crux.

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Faith-based providers run a third of Tasmania’s hospital beds and aged-care places (Supplied)

Tasmanian Labor is refusing to stand by its previous commitment to allow hospitals and aged care homes to opt out of the state’s proposed euthanasia system. Source: The Australian.

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Nathan Parker (Australian of the Year website)

Nathan Parker’s dream of becoming a fighter pilot ended in a road accident, but that didn’t stop him – he’s been named the 2021 NSW Young Australian of the Year.  Source: The Catholic Leader.

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CSSA argues that it is in fact the value of the worker that will help Australia recover from the economic and social effects of the pandemic (Bigstock)

“It’s the value of the work, not the worker.” So said a government backbencher while I was speaking to him about the industrial relations bill ahead of its passage through the lower house, writes Ursula Stephens. Source: Eureka Street.

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Edmund Rice Education Australia says consent education needs to be provided to students in early adolescence (Bigstock)

Edmund Rice Education Australia says its schools are committed to working with parents to address the issue of respectful relationships and sexual consent education. Source: The Age.

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Lawyers assisting the aged care commission have made 124 recommendations  (Bigstock)

The aged care royal commission has handed its final report to the Morrison Government after two years of harrowing evidence at hearings across the nation. Source: SBS News.

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