Marise Payne announced the policy would be dumped (Facebook/Marise Payne)

A controversial plan to allow domestic violence survivors fleeing abusive relationships to access thousands of dollars from their superannuation accounts is no longer Coalition policy. Source: ABC News.

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Tom Linnell (left) with David Speirs at the awards presentation (The Southern Cross)

A South Australian Catholic school educator has been recognised for his commitment to sustainability and climate change education in the Premier’s Climate Change Council awards. Source: The Southern Cross.

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A woman prays beside a barrier inside the Cologne Cathedral in Germany (CNS photo/Thilo Schmuelgen, Reuters)

A commission of Catholic bishops warned religious freedom is threatened in the European Union, as restrictive laws are imposed in the wake of COVID-19. Source: The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Carole Wark (Marist Association)

“Walking together humbly with our God” was the theme for an online conference of local leaders of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat last week.

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The flag of Vatican City with St Peter’s Basilica in the background (CNA/Bohumil Petrik)

Federal police have been unable to identify any crime linked to money transfers from the Vatican to Australia after the amount was dramatically reduced. Source: 7news.com.au.

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Zoe Grant (JRS Australia)

Catholic communities have lived out Pope Francis’ call to welcome, protect, promote and integrate forcibly displaced people during the pandemic, writes Zoe Grant. Source: Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

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Halima at the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in August 2020 (Caritas Bangladesh/Inmanuel Chayan Biswas)

Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign has provided a young mother of two living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh with shelter, cooking equipment and hygiene training to keep her family safe and fed.

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The mitochondria donation process involves the creation and destruction of fertilised eggs (CNS photo/EPA)

Australia’s bishops have called on the Morrison Government to consider serious safety and ethical concerns as it considers legalising technology to allow children to be born with genetic material from three people. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako (Supplied)

Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako has praised the return of several confiscated properties belonging to Christians and other minorities, saying the move could hasten the return of families who left the country due to persecution. Source: Crux.

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A first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive in East Timor in early April (UCA News/UNICEF)

The Church in East Timor says it is boosting efforts to help contain a recent spike in COVID-19 cases that has forced the Government to implement lockdowns in three municipalities. Source: UCA News.

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Jacinta Collins with students from St Joseph s Primary Gladstone in 2020 (NCEC)

Lobby groups for the nation’s two largest school sectors have urged the Morrison Government to bolster capital spending to cater for growing enrolments and provide economic stimulus in the wake of the pandemic. Source: The Australian.

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Today is World Water Day (Pixabay)

Pope Francis has called for clean drinking water and sanitation for all, remarking yesterday that clean water is something “too many of our brothers and sisters do not have access to”. Source: Vatican News.

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Claire Victory (Supplied)

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Morrison Government to drop proposed changes to governance standards that threaten to undermine the freedoms necessary for registered charities to conduct essential advocacy work.

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Notre Dame University

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Ursula Stephens (CSSA)

Catholic Social Service Australia has denounced the Government’s JobSeeker legislation, which will set the JobSeeker payment at just $44 a day from next week, saying it will push families into poverty.

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Mike Baird (HammondCare)

Former New South Wales premier Mike Baird has been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s Catholic Health Australia national conference, scheduled for August in Brisbane.

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Amoris Laetitia Family Year is dedicated to deepening the Church’s pastoral accompaniment of families (Bigstock)

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to support and defend families by making an effort to be close to them in the struggles and joys of their daily lives. Source: CNA.

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A microscopic view of human embryonic stem cells (CNS/Alan Trounson, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine via Reuters)

The creation of “artificial” human embryos may be an Australian first, but this doesn't make ethical questioning and concern irrelevant, writes Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Source: The Catholic Weekly

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The first unit completed by the women was Interpreting the Bible for Leadership and Mission (Supplied)

Twelve young women from across Australia gathered last week for a four-day intensive session as part of the acclaimed Leadership for Mission program, a postgraduate course for women aged 25 to 35. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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