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Bishop leads pilgrimage to Divine Mercy shrine

Bishop leads pilgrimage to Divine Mercy shrine

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press The Divine Mercy message and devotion and a national shrine dedicated to spreading them. The Year of Mercy. The pope and the bishop. These were important to people who joined the Worcester Diocese’s pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge Friday. Father Richard […]

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Festival brings parish family home to Mount Carmel

Festival brings parish family home to Mount Carmel

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The revived Italian festival outside a closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Aug. 18-21 seemed to be partly about reviving parishioners. As Mass was about to start under a tent in the parking lot Sunday, Michael Scaglione said he saw people who haven’t been involved […]

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Year of Mercy adds new dimension  to St. George Parish’s service project

Year of Mercy adds new dimension to St. George Parish’s service project

By Christina Galeone | CFP Correspondent This Holy Year of Mercy has shed new light on God’s mercy for many parishes and has also been a catalyst, inspiring them to perform new works of mercy. But how does it affect those works that began before this jubilee year? “The experience this year was so different,” […]

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  • Father Konicki walks The Way

    Father Konicki walks The Way

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    By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press He walked. He walked from the French-Spanish border across northern Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. He walked up mountains, into valleys, across roads and fields, through snow and rain, on hot days and cold. He walked for 33 days on the pilgrimage and four more days […]

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  • Worcester Catholic Worker House celebrates 30 years

    Worcester Catholic Worker House celebrates 30 years

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    By William T. Clew and Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Members of the SS. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker House, who celebrated their 30th anniversary Saturday, are usually most noticeable at public prayer vigils calling attention to problems in society. Recently, for example, they called a vigil and joined local clergy to […]

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  • Young Oxford woman joins  Daughters of St. Mary

    Young Oxford woman joins Daughters of St. Mary

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    By Tanya Connor and Margaret M. Russell As a child, she wanted to be like the Virgin Mary. As a teenager, she experienced doubts and tried to skip a Catholic youth conference and go to the beach. As a youth leader, she considered a peer crazy for wanting to join a group of “old ladies” […]

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  • Pope Francis inspires local travelers to World Youth Day

    Pope Francis inspires local travelers to World Youth Day

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    By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press Pope Francis left his mark on local World Youth Day participants in this Year of Mercy. So did other followers of Christ, both living and canonized. Robin LeBlanc, a 21-year-old from Our Lady Immaculate Parish in Athol, said this was her first time to see the homes of […]

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  • Local

    Partners over goal; official numbers to be announced Thursday.

    Partners over goal; official numbers to be announced Thursday.

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    The annual Partners in Charity Appeal which ends today, apparently has reached its $5 million goal. Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development, said today, “Although gifts are still coming in and totals are being confirmed for each parish, it looks like Partners in Charity is going over its $5 million goal this […]

  • National

    Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

    Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

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    By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Police continued to search for the killer of two women religious who spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi. Sister Margaret Held, 68, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, 68, a member […]

  • International

    Indians gather to celebrate birthday of Blessed Teresa, soon-to-be-saint

    Indians gather to celebrate birthday of Blessed Teresa, soon-to-be-saint

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    By Saadia Azim Catholic News Service KOLKATA, India (CNS) — They came from all around to celebrate the birthday of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity who will be become a saint Sept. 4. Kolkata Archbishop Thomas D’Souza celebrated Mass at the order’s motherhouse Aug. 26 for the woman “who […]

  • Vatican

    Pope: Wealth, witness and hope are the strengths of contemplative life

    Pope: Wealth, witness and hope are the strengths of contemplative life

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While prayer is the bedrock of cloistered contemplative life, the wealth of God’s gifts, the strength of a consistent witness of life and hope are the values that sustain those who choose to live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience, Pope Francis said. […]

  • Commentary

    A political platform for all the people

    A political platform for all the people

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    Making a Difference By Tony Magliano During this month of political conventions, when America’s two major parties adopt platforms designed to further their particular goals, it’s clear that neither party’s goals reflect a genuine total commitment to God, all of God’s people and all of God’s creation. What is needed is a platform for all […]

  • Spiritual

    God is generous, rich in mercy and love

    God is generous, rich in mercy and love

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    By Cackie Upchurch Director of Little Rock Scripture Study This is one in a series. Recently, a young Franciscan was recounting his experience of encountering a new person in the prison facility where he ministers. The inmate was quite intimidating with his thick physique, massive tattoos and dominating presence. The young priest was a regular […]