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Pope Francis yesterday warned Christians to avoid living in a “fog” of sadness, sloth and complaining, instead of rejoicing in the spiritual healing they have received from Christ. Source: CNA.

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Thousands of students in NSW will switch to remote learning today (Bigstock)

Principals and teachers in Victoria are planning for the possibility that schools will be closed until at least July and children restricted to remote learning for all of the second term. Source: The Age.

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A priest prays during Mass with photos of his parishioners taped to the pews in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Curitiba, Brazil, on Saturday (CNS/Rodolfo Buhrer, Reuters)

Discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.

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John Warhurst (Concerned Catholics of Canberra)

Amid the health, economic and financial crises brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, our greatest test is to conduct ourselves as a robust democracy and to demonstrate that we are a fair society, writes John Warhurst. Source: Eureka Street.

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CathNews is today introducing a regular feature on resources to support people’s prayer and spiritual lives during a time when public Masses are suspended.

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A priest hears drive-through confessions in Huntington, New York on Sunday (CNS/Gregory A Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has flagged allowing drive-by confessions as part of “creative responses” to maintaining religious observances after COVID-19 caused a shutdown of non-essential services. Source: The Australian.

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

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken powerfully of the life-giving water of faith even in a disease-ridden world during a live-streamed Mass from inside the city’s near-empty St Stephen’s Cathedral. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Parishioners are prevented from building a fence separating a statue and a government-run culture house in Ha Tinh province, March 22 (UCA News/ via thanhnienconggiao)

State officials and police in a northern province of Vietnam have stopped Catholic parishioners from erecting a cement fence in a controversial area next to a government facility. Source: UCA News.

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Archbishop Christopher Prowse (back row, centre) with religious leaders from the Canberra and Goulburn region (Catholic Voice)

Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse has met with local religious leaders in a show of solidarity as faith communities respond to the coronavirus challenge. Source: Catholic Voice.

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At least 60 priests are among the more than 6000 people who have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Source: CNA.

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Student absences are up to 40 per cent of students in some states (Bigstock)

Catholic Schools NSW has asked for the Berejiklian Government’s help to take teaching online, warning it could take months to roll out and result in a “digital divide” between schools. Source: The Guardian.

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Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad Ahmadabadi (CNS/Paul Haring)

Citing the increasing loss of lives to COVID-19 and a lack of medical resources, an Iranian cleric has urged Pope Francis to do what he can to help get United States sanctions against Iran lifted. Source: CNS.

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Parishioners attend morning prayer at St Joseph the Worker Hemmant yesterday before the closure of places of worship across the country (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

With parishioners practising social distancing, yesterday's last public Church gatherings proved bittersweet as Catholics grapple with "the new normal" imposed by the coronavirus restrictions. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sakun now has a new livelihood with access to mobility aids and training in micro business management (Caritas Australia)

Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion is helping to transform the lives of some of India’s most vulnerable people through essential disability support services.

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Catholic hospitals are being denied access to personal protective equipment such as masks because they are not directly owned by the state (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia is calling on the Commonwealth Government to release stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to its hospital staff as stocks in its network reach critically low levels.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge (ACBC)

The spread of coronavirus is just the latest test of the strength of communities across Australia. It shows how fragile we are, but it will show how strong we can be, says Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Source: ABC Religion and Ethics.

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New and existing Jobseeker Allowance and Youth Allowance recipients will receive an extra $550 a fortnight (Bigstock)

Jesuit Social Services has welcomed the Morrison Government’s decision to temporarily boost the Jobseeker Allowance and the Youth Allowance Job Seeker payment for six months during the unfolding COVID-19 crisis.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Casa Santa Marta yesterday (Vatican News)

Pope Francis offered Mass yesterday for people facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNA.

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