Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Melbourne County Court on February 27 (CNS/Daniel Pockett, AAP via Reuters)

People across the world will watch today as Cardinal George Pell is sentenced following his conviction for sexual abuse of two choirboys in the 1990s. Source: The Age.

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A child holds a Chinese bible in a state-approved Catholic cathedral in Beijing (CNS/HowHweeYoung, EPA)

The Vatican’s deal with China on the appointment of bishops has not changed the government’s abuse of Catholics and sets a bad precedent for government interference with other religions, said a US religious freedom ambassador. Source: Catholic Herald.

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A Catholic public hospital in Canberra has come under fire for reportedly limiting Canberrans’ access to abortion and contraception. Source: Canberra Times.

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Notre Dame University

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A UN representative said 16 per cent of supermarket food, mainly fruit and vegetables, is thrown away or wasted because it is “ugly” (Bigstock)

The food people pick at the supermarket and cook in their kitchens can make a huge difference in helping address the global problems of hunger, obesity and climate change, a Vatican conference on sustainable development has heard. Source: Crux.

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Bill Shorten (ABC/Nick Haggarty)

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the law may have to change to ensure the minimum wage is calculated in a way that gives the lowest-paid workers a “living wage”. Source: The West Australian.

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Bishop Paul Bird and Audrey Brown (ACBC and Catholic Education Ballarat)

Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird has formed a company limited by guarantee to take over the running of parish schools, the Ballarat Diocese has announced.

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Religious sisters pray over the three priests who claim they have received death threats (ucanews.com/Joe Torres)

Three priests in the Philippines, known for being outspoken against a wave of drug-related killings in the country, claim they have received death threats in recent weeks. Source: ucanews.com.

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Kevin Hardy, Calvary Palliative Home Care (Calvary)

Most people facing end-of-life decisions want to die in their own homes, prompting a call for more support for home-based care services as the population ages. Source: The Advertiser.

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Fr Ken Barker MGL (The Catholic Leader)

Fr Ken Barker MGL wants to set the world on fire and he wants you to help him. But before you reach for the matches, you should know the flame he wants to grow comes from a personal encounter with God. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The pastoral fallout following the verdict has been decades in the making (Bigstock)

In times of ravaging emotion, a thoughtful observation from an on-looker can name what seems beyond coherent thought or speech, writes Anna Krohn. Source: ABC News.

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More than 47,600 of the people on housing agencies’ books nationwide in 2017-18 were aged nine and under (Bigstock)

New data has revealed the large number of Australian children who are either homeless or at risk of being out on the street, in what experts have called “our national shame”. Source: Herald Sun.

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Ethiopian police at the scene of the crash (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the families of passengers who died when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed near Bishoftu, some 50km from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope Francis during the Lenten retreat for the Roman Curia in Ariccia (CNS/Vatican Media, via Reuters)

When Pope Francis asked 50-year-old Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni to lead his Lenten retreat, the abbot said he told the Pope he felt “very inadequate”. Source: CNS.

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Dried yuca roots are ground into flour (Wikimedia)

Vatican officials have said there are no plans to discuss changing the matter of the Eucharist during an upcoming synod for the pan-Amazonian region of South America. Source: CNA.

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Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy with the 2019 NET missionaries (The Catholic Leader)

National Evangelisation Teams Ministries, known as NET Ministries, commissioned 48 young people to spread the Good News across Australia and, for the first time, to South Africa. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The Australian bishops will make their Ad Limina visit to the Holy See in June (CNS/Paul Haring)

Australia’s Catholic bishops will travel to Rome in June for their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit, culminating in prayer and Mass at the tombs of Sts Peter and Paul. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Tati walks through the West Kalimantan rainforest (Caritas Australia/Richard Wainwright)

Caritas Australia is helping to tackle the issue of deforestation in Indonesia through partnering with local communities to preserve forests and make them economically and environmentally sustainable.

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The National Catholic Education Commission said concerns about increased fees and economic challenges contributed to the decline in enrolments (Bigstock)

Enrolments in Catholic schools have fallen for the second year in a row, while the number of students attending government and independent schools grows, new figures show. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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