People in Madrid line up to receive donated food during the COVID 19 pandemic (CNS/Susana Vera, Reuters)

Catholic organisations in Europe are urging governments to learn lessons from the COVID-19 crisis and introduce far-reaching reforms. Source: NCR Online.

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The NDIS, increasing aged-care needs and awareness of mental health and child protection are driving demand for social workers (Bigstock)

Welfare sector leaders say the Morrison Government’s plan for a 113 per cent fee hike for social work degrees will turn young people away from a critical profession where pay is low but quality workers are in high demand. Source: The Australian.

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI at Germany’s Munich Airport before his return to Rome yesterday (CNS/Sven Hoppe, pool via Reuters)

Retired Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican yesterday, five days after flying to Germany to spend time with his ailing, 96-year-old brother. Source: CNS.

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The Diaconal Ordinations in Burkina Faso last year, where ACN supported the formation of 84 seminarians (ACN)

The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need raised more than $171 million in 2019 for suffering and persecuted Christians around the world.

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The statue of St Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Wikimedia/scupperssf)

After the toppling of a saint’s statue in San Francisco, the city’s archbishop said important protests over racial injustice have been “hijacked” by a mob bent on violence. Source: CNA.

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Barbara Tifere with one of the blankets donated for bushfire survivors in East Gippsland (Sale Diocese)

A generous gift of blankets and beanies from a southeast Melbourne parish has been delivered to East Gippsland communities affected by Victoria's summer bushfires. Source: Sale Diocese.

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A Brisbane Catholic has launched a social media campaign to counteract the harmful effects of pornography. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Anthony Albanese (ABC News/Matt Roberts)

Labor will campaign for a royal commission into the Government’s controversial robodebt scheme, which unlawfully recovered tens of millions of dollars from welfare recipients. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Enrolments in Catholic primary schools have fallen 1.2 per cent across the nation since 2014 (Bigstock)

Enrolments at some Melbourne Catholic primary schools have dropped, particularly in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, as cost-conscious families and migrant communities choose government schools. Source: The Age.

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The commission argued that if it did not increase wages, some families could be forced into poverty (Bigstock)

The minimum wage will increase by $13 a week, affecting the pay packets of more than 2.2 million Australians as the nation deals with its first recession in decades. Source: ABC News.

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Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli slept in his car for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout (Melbourne Catholic)

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout might have been socially distant this year, but it still raised more than $5 million for the charity’s homelessness services. Source: Mirage News.

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The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, is currently used as a museum (CNS/Umit Bektas, Reuters)

Catholic bishops in Turkey won't contest plans to turn Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia cathedral into a Muslim place of worship. Source: UCA News.

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Pope Francis unveils a sculpture dedicated to migrants and refugees in St Peter’s Square in September last year (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has heightened awareness regarding the need to protect refugees and migrants and to care for the environment. Source: Vatican News.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNA)

Cardinal George Pell is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Church, politics and sport. Source: News.com.au.

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Students moved to the new St Paul

A Catholic school in Melbourne has been recognised for its state-of-the-art design that is helping to transform the lives of students with complex disabilities. Source: VMCH.

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Pope Francis at St Peter

Pope Francis has given the Virgin Mary three new titles that will be added to the Church’s traditional “Litany of Mary”, the Vatican has announced. Source: Crux.

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Dr Paul Morrissey (The eRecord/Joshua Low)

With the cost of humanities degrees set to double under a push to produce “job-ready” graduates, the Morrison Government has been accused of misunderstanding the role of humanities in developing a civilised society. Source: The Australian.

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Religious institute and ministerial public juridic person schools account for 17 per cent  of all Australian Catholic school enrolments (AMPJP)

The Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons has announced the members of a new national committee representing religious institute and ministerial public juridic person school authorities.

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