Each reflection shares the hope and joy that Easter provides for the people of God (NCE)

One year after COVID-19 forced the closure of churches and banned public Masses across the country, the National Centre for Evangelisation has published a series of articles expressing the joy of returning to community celebrations this Easter.

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Steve McDermott and CSSWA office manager Grace Kurniawan (The Record/Feby Plando)

A two-day social services symposium will aim to raise awareness around supporting and assisting disadvantaged people in Western Australia. Source: The Record.

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Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice at the Vatican City state court, speaks during the opening of the judicial year of the court at the Vatican on March 27 (CNS/Vatican Media)

Signalling further reforms of the Vatican City State penal code, particularly when it comes to financial crimes, Pope Francis said the laws do away with “privileges that go back in time and are no longer in keeping with the responsibility of each for building up of the Church.” Source: CNS.

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A manmade wall built to protect the island of South Tarawa from rising tides in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati (CNS/David Gray, Reuters)

The Vatican has released a 10-point plan for how local churches can tackle the “great emergency” of people being forced to flee their homes due to climate change. Source: The Tablet.

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Julian Assange (Wikimedia/Foreign Ministry of Ecuador)

Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, has received a personal letter from Pope Francis. Source: Crux.

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Jack Berne (ABC News/Prue Berne)

Sydney Catholic school boy Jack Berne, 12, has already raised $1.8 million through his charity, A Fiver for a Farmer, so now he’s turned his mind towards a new project. Source: ABC News.

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Sisters Kopika and Tharnicaa on Christmas Island and (inset) Karen Andrews (The Catholic Leader)

The St Vincent de Paul Society has called on new Commonwealth Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews to release a Sri Lankan family from detention on Christmas Island as a matter of urgency.

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Fr Martinus Situmorang during Palm Sunday Mass at St Ita’s church in Dutton Park (The Catholic Leader)

An Indonesian priest in Brisbane says his community is shocked by a suicide bombing that rocked the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar on Palm Sunday. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Priests of the Sydney Archdiocese at the clergy conference (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has encouraged clergy from across the city to make use of all the support made available through the Go Make Disciples archdiocesan mission plan. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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There are fears the end of the JobKeeper scheme will inflict a “double whammy” on those at risk of domestic violence. Source: SBS News.

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Police stand guard following the suicide bomb attack during Palm Sunday Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral (CNS/Arnas Padda, Antara Foto via Reuters)

Indonesia’s Catholic bishops have strongly condemned the Palm Sunday suicide bombing on a cathedral which injured at least 20 people. Source: CNA.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Robert Sarah has asked Pope Francis to repeal an instruction suppressing celebrations of the Mass said by a priest on his own at St Peter’s Basilica. Source: The Tablet.

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Fr Chris Riley (Youth Off The Streets)

Sydney priest Fr Chris Riley, founder of Youth Off The Streets, has moved into respite care after receiving treatment in hospital for diabetes-related complications.

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The number of candidates for the priesthood dipped by 1.6 per cent in 2019 (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

The number of Catholics and permanent deacons in the world has shown steady growth, while the number of religious men and women continued to decrease, according to Vatican statistics. Source: NCR Online.

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Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrates Mass inside a closed St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane during last year’s lockdown (The Catholic Leader)

Greater Brisbane yesterday entered another snap, three-day lockdown – resulting in uncertainty about how Holy Week and Easter will be celebrated. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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A family puts money in a Project Compassion box in 1969 (Caritas Australia/The Catholic Weekly)

Since its inception in 1965, Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign has raised millions for people living in poverty around the world.

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Professor Sandra Jones (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has launched its autism inclusion program to support autistic students in their studies and help ease their transition into the higher education environment.

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Greg Sheridan (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

The last time humanity tried living out a pagan culture, it was pretty ugly. Relations between the sexes were terrible. The chief victims were women and children, writes Greg Sheridan. Source: The Australian.

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