Fr Reginald Chua (centre), Fr Luke Holohan (left) and Fr Peter Kruk celebrate the Matriculation Mass at Campion College (Campion College Australia)

Campion College Australia in Sydney's west welcomed its first graduate priest to celebrate the college’s annual Matriculation Mass on March 1. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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A couple walks through the rubble of destroyed buildings in Deraa, Syria (CNS/Alaa al Faqir, Reuters)

Pope Francis urged the world not to forget the ongoing suffering of the “martyred” people of Syria on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war. Source: CNA.

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The Vatican is expected to further cut expenditures by 8 per cent this year (WIkimedia/I Dfmalan)

The Vatican has nearly depleted its financial reserves from past donations to cover budget deficits over recent years, as it urged continued giving from the faithful to keep the Holy See afloat and Pope Francis’ ministry going. Source: NCR Online.

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Hand washing after an Ebola screening at a hospital in Goma, Congo (CNS/Olivia Acland, Reuters)

Caritas Australia and its partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are working through local Church networks to raise awareness about deadly Ebola virus outbreaks in the African nation.

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Communication, charity and fundraising were discussed in the online seminars (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission hosted a series of online seminars in partnership with the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome to build a stronger international network and share resources and expertise to support the mission areas of the world.

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Students with a disability represent about 18 per cent of all students in Catholic schools (Bigstock)

The National Catholic Education Commission says recommendations from the review into disability standards for education place the needs of students and their families at the centre of education.

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The report argues creating a right to housing has led to the development of some of the world’s most effective homelessness systems (Bigstock)

The Commonwealth Government should legislate a human right to housing so it takes responsibility for homelessness and provides enough social housing for the vulnerable, a new Labor-backed report says. Source: The Age.

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Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

The Sydney-based former Archbishop of Mosul says the visit of Pope Francis to Iraq has been “extraordinary” in bringing a powerful moment of peace to the country. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Principals reported more burnout, stress, sleeping troubles and depressive symptoms in 2020 than in 2019 (Bigstock)

Four in 10 Australian school principals have been subjected to violence at work in the past year, according to a survey conducted by Australian Catholic University and Deakin University. Source: ABC News.

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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (CNS/Debbie Hill)

The support of Catholics worldwide is an invaluable resource for small Christian communities in the Middle East that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Vatican official said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Homeless organisations say not receiving government funding would mean a cut of $56.7 million to services (Bigstock)

Homelessness and housing advocates, including Catholic organisations, say they must be included in a federal funding deal allowing workers in the female-dominated social sector to receive fair pay. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Individual confession remains the norm, but serious situations caused by the pandemic can be considered cases of “grave necessity” allowing for general absolution (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Offering general absolution to the faithful without having them personally confess their sins first may still be done in places seeing serious or increasing levels of coronavirus infections, a Vatican official said this week. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Sr Brigid Arthur (CAPSA)

Brigidine Sister Brigid Arthur lost faith in Australian politicians a long time ago, making her a natural ally for a group of teenagers calling for action on climate change. Source: Sight Magazine.

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Bishop Ken Howell sprinkles holy water as a blessing inside the Centacare Mental Health Hub (The Catholic Leader)

A new chapter in the life of a Brisbane-based ministry caring for people with mental health issues has begun with the opening of the Centacare Mental Health Hub. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB (The Record)

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has welcomed the announcement that Easter Sunday would be gazetted as a permanent public holiday in Western Australia from 2022 if the McGowan Government is returned in tomorrow’s state election.

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Alan Tudge and Jacinta Collins (Facebook/Alan Tudge and NCEC)

The National Catholic Education Commission says Education Minister Alan Tudge’s plan to improve Australia’s educational performance is on target.

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Frances McDormand in Nomadland (CNS/Searchlight Pictures)

A sense of loneliness pervades Nomadland, a poignant drama about a subculture of marginalised people in the United States who move from one trailer park to the next in their struggle to evade economic ruin. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis met victims of the 2011 Fukushima disaster during his papal trip to Japan in November 2019 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Japan’s Catholic bishops have marked the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster by praying for the dead and promising that the Church’s rebuilding efforts in the region would continue. Source: CNA.

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