We’re in the midst of the Easter week, which means that it’s time to reflect on the latest news from the Catholic Church and to reflect upon the past year’s events.

Here are our picks.

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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation The most powerful speech Pope Francis has delivered in his papacy has been his Apostolic exhortations, which give him a platform to call on the faithful to love and serve the poor, and the poor to be the recipients of their Lord’s mercy.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for Catholics to show how much the Catholic faith cares for the poorest.

Francis used the apostolic exhortations in June to reiterate his call for solidarity between people of all religions, including Christians, and to reaffirm that the poor are to be valued and valued generously.

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The Catholic Church has made a big difference with children The number of children who are in the care of their Catholic family is declining, according to the International Centre for Research on Child Rights (ICRC), but the Church is doing everything it can to make up for lost ground.

A report from the US bishops’ conference found that the number of people receiving state funding for education had dropped by over 30 per cent since 2013, but that there has been no discernible impact on Catholic families.

A survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 2015 found that 63 per cent of the US Catholic population were in poverty, compared to just 30 per 100,000 in the US overall.

The report also found that among adults aged between 25 and 64, the number who were Catholic declined by about one-third between 2012 and 2015.

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Catholic hospitals have made a real difference There are currently 4,000 Catholic hospitals in the United States.

This number is only going to increase as more Catholic hospitals are opened, thanks to a new law that will allow them to offer services in English.

In 2017, for example, the hospital that was the first to open in California, St John Fisher, received $2.5m in funding from the state of California.

This was the biggest grant ever given to a Catholic hospital, according the NCES.

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The Episcopal Church has been a major player in the fight against climate change It has played a significant role in fighting climate change by funding climate adaptation programmes and supporting clean energy projects.

In 2016, the Episcopal Church, which has the largest membership of people of colour in the world, committed to a $5m commitment to the United Nations Climate Change Authority (UNCCA), which has committed to helping the world meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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The bishops’ commission on women has been instrumental The Catholic Bishops’ Commission on Women (CBCW), a body that is charged with researching, investigating and recommending ways to strengthen the lives of women in the Catholic community, has been hugely influential.

In March, it recommended that the Church should not only be a voice for women but also the voice of women who live in a patriarchal society.

This report has helped Catholics see the power of the Catholic church to stand up for women, and is now helping to shape a response to climate change that is not only inclusive but also ecologically sound.

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The US bishops have been instrumental in stopping the coronavirus pandemic The US Catholic bishops’ response to the coronatavirus has been vital to halting the pandemic, especially in the Northeast.

The National Catholic Reporter noted that since the beginning of May, US bishops in the region have received more than 30 million calls from affected Catholics.

This has helped them work together to prevent the spread of the virus, and it is the first time in history that the US has had a large-scale coronaviral response.

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The United States is the only major Catholic country where women have been able to hold office The United Kingdom is the other major Catholic nation in the Middle East and North Africa.

In February, Pope Francis made a historic visit to the Holy Land and the United Kingdom.

The Pope said that “this visit, and its accompanying events, mark a historic step in the Church’s recognition of the dignity and worth of every woman.”

This was a momentous occasion for the Church to show that women can be ministers of the Gospel and to speak out for their rights, and this is the start of a long journey for the Catholic faithful to reclaim the right to hold public office.

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Catholic parishes have become centers for Catholic social justice The Catholic community in America is a global community, and many parishes are part of the larger global movement for justice.

The number and breadth of parishes serving refugees and others in need of pastoral care has increased dramatically over the past decade.

The rise of diocesan social justice initiatives and the expansion of Catholic social ministries and parishes has helped bring the Church into the 21st century.

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The church’s bishops have made some of the most significant advances against poverty Since 2013,

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