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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a major Australian social reform of the last 20 years, but does it provide enough individual choice, asks Catholic Social Services Australia's Dr Brenton Prosser. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Thousands of Victorian youth are sleeping rough or couch surfing despite reaching out to homelessness services, aid groups say. Source: SBS News.

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The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade route in Glasgow will avoid two Catholic churches (Bruce Durling/Flickr?CC BY-SA 2.0)

An Easter Sunday march by a Protestant fraternal order in Scotland will be re-routed to avoid a Catholic church where a priest was assaulted during a similar parade last year. Source: Crux.

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The Politics in Service of Peace document (ACBC)

A contrite Church has acknowledged the abuse scourge but called for the political classes to focus on the poor and vulnerable during the election campaign. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis said mobile phone addiction is very subtle (Pixabay)

Pope Francis has encouraged high school students to monitor their mobile phone use, so as not to create obstacles to a "culture of encounter". Source: CNA.

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Archbishop Bernadito Auza said the elderly are the “living memory of our people” (Bigstock)

The Holy See is urging the promotion and protection of the rights of older people, saying they are the living memory of our people who can help everyone discover their roots and dignity. Source: Vatican News.

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Smoke rises around the altar inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday (CNS/Philippe Wojazer, Reuters)

Australia’s religious leaders have sent messages of support and sympathy to the people of France following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Fr Peter Zhang Guangjun (ucanews.com)

An underground priest in northern China was forcibly taken away by authorities just after he celebrated Palm Sunday Mass. Source: ucanews.com.

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The Clemente Ballarat is hoping to expand to youth (Bigstock)

Ballarat education and social service providers are working to develop a world-first program to engage youth in education. Source: The Courier.

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Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo (Kawali)

Ahead of tomorrow’s general election in Indonesia, the Bishops Conference of Indonesia is calling for clean politics against corruption and violence. Source: Vatican News.

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Students come together for Project Compassion at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane (KISS photography)

As Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraiser Project Compassion draws to a close this weekend, supporters have gathered to pray, fast and give for the most marginalised.

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Eileen Climo (The Record)

Catholic schools with an emphasis on Christ-centred and child-focused learning are at the heart of Catholic Education Western Australia’s new strategic plan. Source: The Record.

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Flames and smoke billow from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris this morning (CNS/Charles Platiau, Reuters)

A catastrophic fire has engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world. Source: ABC News.

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Paul Fletcher (Facebook/Paul Fletcher MP)

Thousands of sexual abuse complaints can be processed under the $4 billion National Redress Scheme after fast-tracking by the Morrison Government will let nearly 80 per cent of applications proceed. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias (CNS/Anto Akkara)

It took 29 meetings, but the pope’s council of cardinal advisers has a new draft constitution to present to episcopal conferences around the world for review. Source: Crux. 

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Alejandro Quijada Ode (The Catholic Leader)

When Alejandro Quijada Ode emigrated to Brisbane in 2016, the inflation rate in his home country of Venezuela was 800 per cent. Today, it is estimated to be as high as 10 million per cent. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Georgetown University, Washington DC (CNS/Tyler Osburn)

Georgetown University students in Washington DC have voted in favour of a reparations fund to repay descendants of slaves sold by the Catholic university in 1838. Source: BBC News.

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The forum discussed the nature of social media as “a double-edged sword” (Bigstock)

The Catholic Church has for some years encouraged its members to engage in the online digital space, but how effective is the use of social media in advancing social justice issues, asks Fiona Basile. Source: Catholic Social Services Victoria.

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