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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been warned the social services system has “the capacity to ruin lives” if the Government does not take urgent action. Source: The Australian.

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Maria Arema provides life coaching at Canice’s Kitchen, Darlinghurst (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Giving hope and a helping hand is all in a day’s work for Maria Arema, a life coach based at Canice’s Kitchen who serves people who experience homelessness or isolation in Darlinghurst, in Sydney’s inner-east. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Pope Francis changed the Code of Canon Law so that women may be formally instituted as lectors and acolytes (CNS/Gregory A Shemitz)

Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector and acolyte upon lay men and women for the first time in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, the Vatican announced. Source: CNA.

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An armoured law enforcement vehicle stationed near the synagogue during the standoff (CNS/Shelby Tauber, Reuters)

At one point during the synagogue hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas, on January 15, interfaith leaders stationed at a Catholic church began a theological discussion about why bad things happen to good people. Source: Crux.

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Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in November 2021 (CNS/Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation)

A canon lawyer has cast doubts on accusations against retired Pope Benedict XVI over possible negligence as Germans await publication of a report on how leaders of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising handled cases of historical abuse. Source: The Tablet.

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Archbishop Julian Porteous (Hobart Archdiocese)

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous has defended the Morrison Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, saying that the legislation would recognise the importance of preventing religious discrimination. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Fr Justin Glyn SJ in the I Am Church video (Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life)

Australian Jesuit Fr Justin Glyn is featured in the latest episode of a Vatican video series highlighting the lives and contributions of people with disability in the Church. Source: Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life.

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A photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force shows a part of Tonga blanketed in ash (BBC/NZ Defence Force)

Caritas Australia is raising funds to support communities affected by the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai undersea volcano in Tonga.

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A pro-life sign at the 2019 March for Life rally in Washington (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

Abortion was the leading cause of death globally in 2021, according to data aggregation site Worldometer. Source: Eternity News.

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Anne Ruston (Facebook/Senator Anne Ruston)

The Morrison Government has responded to calls from thousands of Australians who have demanded more time to review the Draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032. Source: SBS News.

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Worshippers take part in a procession on Holy Thursday in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City (CNS/Ammar Awad, Reuters)

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land, calling it the “Fifth Gospel”. Source: CNA.

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Cardinal Wim Eijk (CNS/Simon Caldwell)

Even though the COVID-19 protocol in The Netherlands allows churches to admit 50 worshippers, six parishes in one archdiocese remain closed. Source: Crux.

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The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research will investigate how fat molecules influence cell metabolism and development (Bigstock)

Australian Catholic University researchers have been awarded more than $2 million in Australian Research Council grants that could have a positive effect on “education and health outcomes for all”.

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Notre Dame University

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Pauline Jaricot and Saren Teresa (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission has launched its first appeal for 2022, supporting the formation of novice missionaries in honour of the upcoming beatification of Pontifical Mission Society founder Pauline Jaricot.

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Archbishop Charles Balvo (Wikimedia Commons/Dan1)

Pope Francis has announced that American Archbishop Charles Balvo, a veteran of the Vatican’s diplomatic service for more than 30 years, will serve as the next Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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The plume of smoke from the volcano reached as high as 20kms above sea level, spanning a radius of 240kms (Tongan Geological Services)

Family and friends of people in Tonga are nervously waiting for news of the impact of a massive undersea volcanic eruption that caused tsunami waves to swamp the tiny island kingdom and spread across the Pacific. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP addresses the congregation of St Josephs Rosebery during the consecration ceremony (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has consecrated St Joseph’s Church in Rosebery, 94 years after the church was first opened. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Caregivers with the sick and disabled at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France (CNS/Paul Haring)

In a message ahead of the World Day of the Sick next month, Pope Francis reminded Catholics that caring for the ill and infirm is not the calling of a few, but part of every Christian’s mission to show mercy. Source: CNA.

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