Cardinal Kevin Farrell (CNS/Robert Duncan)

While the Church cannot bless unions that are not sacramental marriages, it will always welcome and accompany everyone, no matter their situation in life, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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St Joseph was a welcoming father, Pope Francis said (Vatican News)

Pope Francis is urging priests to learn the art of fatherhood from St Joseph, whose feast is celebrated today, by being a shepherd who only seeks the good of the flock entrusted to them. Source: Vatican News.

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Bulldozed homes in Hyderabad, Pakistan (Crux/Eric Siraj)

An Australian Columban missionary says the bulldozing of houses lived in by Christians in Pakistan is a "civic crisis side by side a human tragedy". Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli delivers the Patrick Oration (Melbourne Catholic)

“Where now is the ground on which we need to plant the Gospel and how do we step out towards it?” These were questions posed by Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli at the 2021 Patrick Oration this week. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Kaluuya (centre) and LaKeith Stanfield in Judas and the Black Messiah (CNS/Glen Wilson, Warner Bros)

As a personality-rich study of conflicted loyalties, the fact-based drama Judas and the Black Messiah is a compelling piece of moviemaking. Source: CNS.

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Dr Matthew Pink (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has been chosen as one of 20 international institutions to participate in Uniservitate, a global program for the development and promotion of “service-learning” in Catholic higher education institutions.

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The theme follows the agreement signed last year that sets targets for improving Indigenous wellbeing (Supplied)

National Close the Gap Day, marked yesterday, is a sobering occasion each year. It records the gap between promises and actions, between aspiration and outcome, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Australian Catholics.

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Archbishop O’Regan says well-resourced palliative care is a way to offer compassionate end of life care (Supplied)

In a strong message of opposition to legislation before South Australia’s upper house, Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan has called on Parliament to improve end-of-life care instead of legalising euthanasia. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The only measure in the wide-ranging bill to pass the Senate was to legally define casual work (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government has been forced to abandon the bulk of a controversial industrial relations bill, failing to negotiate the original plan through the Senate. Source: ABC News.

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Daniel McDiarmid and Eamon Gaffney at the St Patrick’s Day Mass yesterday at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane (The Catholic Leader)

Eamon Gaffney remembers Melbourne Archbishop Daniel Mannix never went anywhere unless he had two bagpipers with him. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Protesters at a barricade made from tyres clash with security forces in Yangon on Tuesday (CNS/Reuters)

As security forces in Myanmar intensify their crackdown on civilians, with disappearances, detentions and the killing of peaceful protesters, Pope Francis has appealed for an end to violence and the start of dialogue. Source: CNS.

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Under the proposed legislation, a person wishing to access euthanasia must have a terminal diagnosis and a life expectancy of less than six months (Bigstock)

South Australia’s 17th attempt in 25 years to introduce voluntary euthanasia laws has come up for debate in state’s Parliament. Source: 7news.com.au.

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The deal secures the future of both the services to women and children and the employment of Good Samaritan Housing caseworkers(Bigstock)

Queensland women and children can continue to access secure housing and case-managed support to help them towards independence thanks to a new deal between the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and St Vincent de Paul Society. Source: The Good Oil.

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Alotau Diocese is delivering water tanks to vulnerable communities in Papua New Guinea as part of the COVID-19 response (Alotau DIocese)

Caritas Australia has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia has allocated 8000 vaccines, as well as personal protective equipment and health specialists, to support Papua New Guinea with its COVID-19 outbreak.

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Residents queue to fill oxygen tanks for sick relatives in Iquitos (Supplied)

Australian priest Fr John Anderson says many people living in Peru’s largest jungle city continue to fall desperately sick due to COVID-19. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Noel Pearson (ABC News/Tim Leslie)

Indigenous leader Noel Pearson says Australia is incomplete without constitutional recognition of First Nations people, as leaders renew calls for a referendum on a Voice to Parliament. Source: ABC News.

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The newly discovered fragments (Vatican News/Israel Antiquities Authority)

The Israel Antiquities Authority has unveiled an historic discovery of biblical proportions in several desert caves. Source: Vatican News.

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Keynote speakers Chris Richardson (left) and Bernard Salt (Deloitte Access Economics and Bernard Salt website)

Leaders of Catholic agencies and external experts gathered online on Monday to consider what the Catholic community can contribute to public policy ideas to bolster the country’s COVID-19 recovery. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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