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Despite repeated claims that the Morrison Government's robodebt program did not target the vulnerable, disability support pension recipients were increasingly forced to pay back alleged welfare overpayments Source: The Guardian.

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Pope Francis at the Vatican conference on promoting a global compact for improving education, February 7 (CNS/Vatican Media)

Shirking responsibilities in educating future generations has led to a collapse in cooperation among families, schools and social, cultural and religious institutions, Pope Francis said on Friday. Source: Crux.

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Pat Garcia (CHA)

Catholic Health Australia has urged the Morrison Government to force wealthy older Australians to pay more for aged care services, especially those living in multimillion-dollar properties. Source: The Age.

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Notre Dame University

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Susan Pascoe (Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission)

Susan Pascoe will today be named chair of the Catholic Emergency Relief Australia Advisory Council, which will coordinate the Church’s ongoing response to the bushfire crisis and future national emergencies. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis accepts offertory gifts from an indigenous man at the concluding Mass of the Amazon Synod, October 27, 2019 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis’ document responding to last year’s Synod of Bishops from the Amazon region, expected to address a host of sensitive topics, will be released on Wednesday, the Vatican has announced. Source: NCR Online.

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Catholics will still be able to receive the Body of Christ during Masses in the Parramatta Diocese (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

Catholics in the Parramatta Diocese are being asked to change the way they worship in Mass as a precaution to the deadly coronavirus. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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The Domus 8.7 service will provide comprehensive support to people affected by modern slavery and forced labour (Supplied)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has announced a new initiative to help victims of modern slavery. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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Pope Francis with the patriarchs at the Vatican on February 7 (Vatican Media)

Six Catholic patriarchs from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday to discuss the difficulties faced by Christians in the region and their mass emigration. Source: CNA.

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Cardinal John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais (Wikipedia)

The only surviving piece of bone thought to belong to St John Henry Newman has been stolen from the Birmingham Oratory in England. Source: Catholic Herald.

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The Philippines and the Vatican are the only states without divorce laws (Bigstock)

A Philippine Church official has expressed surprise over the speedy acceptance of a bill in the country’s parliament that would legalise divorce. Source: UCA News.

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A screenshot from The Pope Video for this month (Supplied)

The hands of those who engage in human trafficking are stained with the blood of countless victims whose lives and dignity were sacrificed, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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Catholic school student population has grown by just 0.5 per cent over the past five years, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data (Bigstock)

A greater proportion of parents are choosing to send their children to independent and state schools, while the Catholic sector's share of enrolments has fallen. Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Sr Flora Ricupero and Jordan Andreotta with the award-winning portrait (The eRecord/supplied)

A Perth Catholic school teacher has won the people’s choice award in Western Australia’s premier portrait competition for his drawing of Presentation Sister Flora Ricupero. Source: The eRecord.

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Notre Dame University

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Christian Porter (ABC News/Matt Roberts)

The Australian Christian Lobby has told Attorney-General Christian Porter his discrimin­ation bill needs wholesale changes, as he prepares to re-engage faith groups ahead of finalising laws to protect religious freedoms. Source: The Australian.

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Cardinal John Dew (Facebook/Cardinal Dew)

Cardinal John Dew has urged New Zealanders to recommit to protecting the beliefs of followers of all religions and of non-religious people. Source: Scoop News.

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The Vinnies Bushfire Appeal has distributed $3.8m to people affected by the bushfires (Supplied)

The St Vincent de Paul Society continues to distribute funds received through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, with $13.7 million raised to date.

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August Diehl in A Hidden Life (Studio Babelsberg/Fox Searchlight Pictures/Reiner Bajo)

Based on real events, A Hidden Life tells the story of a courageous man who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. The film focuses on his attempts to respect life – and his conscience – in terrible times. Source: ACOFB.

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Participants at the US conference on the sexual abuse crisis (CNS Sarah Webb CatholicPhilly)

The Church has been damaged by the sexual abuse crisis, but people have been damaged more, according to a leading Vatican safeguarding expert. Source: The Tablet.

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