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Our Easter 2020 eNewsletter is out now. In this edition, executive director of Catholic Social Services Victoria, Joshua Lourensz, reflects on the difficult climate we find ourselves in, its impact on our personal and professional lives, and very importantly, on the lives of those whom we serve. It also includes information related to a recent meeting held with CSSV members to discuss how they might take advantage of the Victorian government's $500m Work for Victoria fund and a networking initiative by Catholic Social Services Australia. 
"As a Christian disciple, and taking my lead from the Gospel (Matthew 25.31-46), I have striven to uphold the dignity of ‘J’ and Cardinal Pell throughout this time, both in my private thoughts and public statements." Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli writes a letter to the laity, religious and clergy of the Archdiocese of Melbourne on 7th April 2020, following the acquittal by the High Court of Australia of Cardinal George Pell.

The Victorian Council of Social Services COVID-19 Sector update provides advice and resources from reputable sources relevant to the Victorian community sector. The latest bulletin released today, Wednesday 8th April, highlights the new tougher restrictions on workers, carers and visitors within "facilities where vulnerable Victorians live and receive care" and the Federal Treasury has formally updated its guidance advice on JobKeeper payments and NFPs registered with the ACNC. Plus more! 

In an unanimous decision announced today, the seven justices of the High Court of Australia have acquitted Cardinal George Pell of all historical sexual abuse charges. In a statement released by Cardinal Pell, he said, "I have consistently maintained my innocence while suffering from a serious injustice. This has been remedied today with the High Court’s unanimous decision. ... I hold no ill will toward my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel; there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough."

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