The Knights Catholic Leadership Academy teaches participants faith formation and leadership skills (The eRecord)

For five years, the Knights Catholic Leadership Academy has provided formation and training for aspiring young leaders from more than 60 schools and parishes across the Perth Archdiocese. Source: The eRecord.

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Archbishop Paul Gallagher (ACBC)

A robust understanding of the right to religious freedom is being eroded in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, says the Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Source: CNA.

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Our Lady of Mercy College Heidelberg (Facebook/OLMC)

A Melbourne Catholic girls’ school has apologised to former students after claims of historical sexual abuse were made against two former teachers. Source: The Age.

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Notre Dame University

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Justice Peter Applegarth (SCLQLD)

The body drafting voluntary euthanasia legislation for Queensland has flagged it may not be able to complete the work by its May deadline. Source: ABC News.

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Fr Sean Cullen, Bishop Brian Mascord, Catherine and Jim McGrath and Msgr Francis Marriott with the papal award

The Wollongong Diocese has a new dame after Catherine McGrath was installed as a Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

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Bishop Bede Heather (Parramatta Diocese)

Bishop Bede Heather, Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta, died yesterday at an aged care facility in Sydney’s inner west. He was 92. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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The instrumentum laboris can be downloaded on the Plenary Council website (Plenary Council)

The working document for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia provides a catalyst for the Church to renew the journey of prayer and discernment toward the first assembly in October, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Joe Biden (CNS/Jonathan Ernst. Reuters)

The United States bishops and an interfaith debt relief organisation have urged the Biden administration to support the release of $A3.75 trillion in global reserve funds to help developing countries respond to the pandemic. Source: CNS.

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Alan Kim in Minari (IMDB/A24)

Set in the 1980s, Minari is a gentle mix of drama and comedy that explores the immigrant experience from a Korean-American perspective. Source: CNS.

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The study is significant because its bolsters the Church’s case that state governments should fix the health system (Bigstock)

Despite increasing demand, Australia has only half the number of palliative care doctors needed to provide good quality care for chronically and terminally ill patients, a new academic study has found. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Fr Naim Shoshandy with Pope Francis in 2019 (Crux/Twitter, Fr Shoshandy)

An Iraqi priest says Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq next week is an act of bravery and also madness. Source: Crux.

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In “Fratelli Tutti”, Pope Francis says “digital connectivity is not enough to build bridges” (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

Lent is a time that many Catholics choose to give up social media, but for those of us who stay active, Lent is a good time to rethink our online behaviour, writes Daniel Amiri. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ABC News/Nick Haggarty)

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been forced to defend a modest increase to the dole after welfare groups and economists slammed the miserly boost. Source: Canberra Times.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal Wilton Gregory on CNN’s program remembering more than 500,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19 (CNS/Andrew Biraj, Catholic Standard)

As the United States reached the grim milestone of more than 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory offered a prayer on news television for those who have died from the coronavirus. Source: Catholic Standard.

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Church aid workers hold a banner that says ‘Humanitarian aid for Bilogai’ at St Michael’s Church, Bilogai (Supplied)

The Church in Indonesia says it has been forced to fly in aid to help more than 1000 people sheltering in a church compound in Papua amid ongoing clashes between security forces and Papuan rebels. Source: UCA News.

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The NSW parliamentary inquiry is looking into whether coercive control in relationships should be made a criminal offence (Bigstock)

Faith organisations have told a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into coercive control that the issue of what is considered a "normal" relationship across different religions must be explored. Source: SBS News.

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Demand for private health insurance by 20 to 49 year olds was muted (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia says reforms allowing younger Australians greater access to private hospital services could not come soon enough as new figures show subdued uptake among young people.

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John Howard (ABC News/Tiger Webb)

John Howard has reignited the religious freedom debate, arguing schools should be able to hire teachers who accept the school’s beliefs in the same way political parties favour staff who believe in a party’s ideals. Source: The Guardian.

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