Lucia, Fransisco and Jacinta of Fatima (Wikimedia)

Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonisation, Catholic News Service reports.

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Londoners stand strong in the face of attack (Twitter)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has called for prayer, compassionate solidarity and calm in the wake of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London, reports the Catholic Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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The Malaver family (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

A parish-based initiative is offering young Brisbane families the chance to “get off the rental merry-go-round” and buy their first home, The Catholic Leader reports.

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The planned pedestrian bridge (Villanova University).

A bridge featuring crosses on the property of Villanova, a Catholic university in a Philadelphia suburb, will be built despite complaints from some local taxpayers, Catholic News Agency reports.

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The Bible

Bible literacy is low in Australia, and if cultural forces have their way, it is destined for further decline, writes Greg Clarke of the Bible Society in The Australian.

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The Simpson family (Laura Cheung, iCapture Photography)

St Mary MacKillop is being credited for a miraculous healing of a Victorian boy and of appearing to his mother, reports the Catholic Weekly.

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Palm Sunday march for refugees (CAPSA)

Marches that take place throughout Australia in solidarity with asylum-seekers are particularly appropriate on Palm Sunday, writes Fr Andy Hamilton SJ on the CAPSA website.

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Taking a stand against the Mafia (Pixabay)

A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese, according to The Guardian.

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Volunteers play a vital role in parishes (Pixabay)

If your parish offers clear policies, entry paths and support to volunteers, you will build confidence among people to step up and share their time, writes Richard McMahon in the Catholic Outlook.

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Fr Joshua Whitfield and family (Whitfield family)

You might be surprised to know most married Catholic priests are staunch advocates of clerical celibacy, writes Fr Joshua Whitfield, a married Catholic priest from Texas, in the Dallas Morning News.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal Peter Turkson

Pastoral care of migrants and refugees will be top of the agenda for the Church in Australia later this year as two cardinals arrive in Melbourne for a national conference on the issue, reports the ACBC Media Blog.

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Brandon Starc (ACU)

More than 150 of Australia’s finest athletes and performers are enrolled at Australian Catholic University as part of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP), according to the university.

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A mural of Oscar Romero (CNS)

The bishops of El Salvador have asked Pope Francis to canonise Blessed Oscar Romero in their country, according to Rome Reports.

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Blessing of the Hands ceremony (eRecord)

The annual ‘Blessing of Hands’ ceremony was held last week at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, the eRecord reports.

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Martin McGuinness in 1998 (CNS/Reuters)

Archbishop Eamon Martin has paid tribute to the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and Irish Republican Army head who worked towards reconciliation with Britain, reports the Catholic Herald.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Catholic.com)

The Pope has called for the universal Church to set aside a special period of '24 Hours for the Lord', to be marked this weekend, reports Aleteia.

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Olivia Hargroder (The Catholic Leader)

A Year 12 Student from Brisbane was the sole Australian student to present at the United Nation's 12th World Down Syndrome Day Conference, held in New York on Monday, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Hyson Green Mental Health (Calvary)

Calvary Bruce Private Hospital opened its expanded mental health unit on Wednesday, boosting patient capacity by 40 per cent, reports the Canberra Times.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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