Kyam Maher speaks during the euthanasia debate in South Australia’s Parliament last week (Facebook Kyam Maher)

Euthanasia legislation in South Australia has passed another legislative hurdle, with the state’s upper house waving the controversial bill through its second reading with a final vote set for May. Source: InDaily.

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Archbishop Gabriele Caccia (CNA/Kevin Jones)

Human rights are “undermined and rejected” whenever people “are no longer seen as a paramount value to be cared for and respected”, a Vatican official has told a United Nations working group on aging. Source: Crux.

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Police stand on the altar at Christ the King Polish church in London after ordering the congregation to leave the Good Friday service due to COVID-19 restrictions (CNS/YouTube)

The head of the Polish Church’s mission in England and Wales has said police abused their powers when they raided a parish church in south London and forcibly halted a Good Friday liturgy. Source: The Tablet.

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Catholic Youth Parramatta’s James Camden and Qwayne Guevera in the new video (Catholic Outlook/CYP)

Marking today’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Catholic Youth Parramatta has launched a video exploring the close relationship between sport and faith. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Ursula Stephens (CSSA)

At the start of the pandemic, the federal Government reassured Australia “We’re all in this together”, but the end of JobKeeper and coronavirus supplement payments will leave millions in poverty, writes Ursula Stephens. Source: Eureka Street.

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Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican (CNS/Vatican Media)

in his Easter message, Pope Francis has urged countries to speed up distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”. Source: SBS News.

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It is Lismore Diocese’s third natural disaster appeal in four years, following floods in 2017 and fires in 2019 (Lismore Diocese)

Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming OCD has launched an appeal to help people in the north coast New South Wales diocese who were affected by heavy rainfall and flooding last month.

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Young people expressed the most openness to the non-material (Unsplash/Tim Marshall)

Only 48 per cent of Australians say they believe in ghosts or the possibility they may exist, but 69 per cent say the same for the soul, according to new research. Source: ABC News.

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Fr James McEvoy (The Southern Cross)

Adelaide Archdiocese’s diocesan assembly, together with the Plenary Council, will play a “crucial” part in shaping the future of the Church in Australia, according to theologian Fr James McEvoy. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Enjoy a chocolate egg or two this Easter (Bigstock)

CathNews will not publish over Easter. Today's issue is the last until we return on Easter Tuesday, April 6.

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St Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington (NZCBC)

New Zealand’s bishops will gather in Wellington on August 15, the feast of the Assumption, to renew the country’s 1838 dedication to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. Source: NZ Catholic.

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Karl-Bertil Nordland and Barbora Kysiklova in The Painter and The Thief (Supplied)

An audience viewing The Painter and the Thief without any forewarning might assume that it is a fictional story. It comes as something of a surprise to find that it is, in fact, a documentary. Source: Jesuit Media.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it has brought to the lives of people in Australia and across the globe is a common theme among the Easter messages of Australia’s bishops.

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In a rare show of cross-party unity, ACT Labor, Greens and Liberal politicians unanimously moved that the Commonwealth Government restore territory rights so the ACT can vote on euthanasia laws. Source: Canberra Weekly.

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Archbishop Patrick O’Regan (The Southern Cross)

Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan has welcomed with “great joy” the opportunity for large numbers of people to attend Easter services in South Australia, while Brisbane Archdiocese waits to see if public services can go ahead.

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Tania Mihailuk (Facebook/Tania Mihailuk MP)

Labor risks straying too far down a path of “wokeness” and must recalibrate to better represent multicultural electorates with religious populations, a NSW Labor MP has declared. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Discussions during the event will inform the development of the agenda for the Catholic Women Gather initiative in September (ACBC)

Almost 200 Catholic women from around the country gathered online on March 27 for a national consultation organised by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Vatican Media)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has paid tribute to the Year of St Joseph declared by Pope Francis and urged Catholics to read Francis’ apostolic letter Patris Corde. Source: CNA.

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