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Partners in Charity begins annual appeal

Partners in Charity begins annual appeal

The 2016 Partners in Charity campaign was launched at noon Feb. 11 at  the Chancery with the showing of a video titled “Called to be Merciful.” The video, which is less than seven minutes long, includes a short talk by Bishop McManus, and describes some of the 30 agencies which Partners in Charity helps to […]

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Father Peter Joyce sends reflection after commissioning as a missionary of mercy

Father Peter Joyce sends reflection after commissioning as a missionary of mercy

From Father Peter Joyce A missionary of mercy, from the Vatican Tuesday, Feb. 9: We had our pilgrimage through the Holy Door and our audience with Pope Francis.  At 3 p.m. we gathered near the Tiber River at the far end of the Via Della Conciliazione in the shadow of the Castel Sant’angelo.  We were […]

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St. Mary’s students establish service club

St. Mary’s students establish service club

By Tanya Connor SHREWSBURY – St. Mary Elementary School is sending out an SOS for the Year of Mercy. SOS stands for “Service Over Self,” the name of a new service club, established for the jubilee year but intended to continue on. The club’s logo has the word “Service” with a line under it, over […]

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  • Local

    Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity tonight at Assumption College

    Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity tonight at Assumption College

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    Worcester’s annual Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at Assumption College. Prior to the Prayer, a social reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Lauring Community Room of the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center.  All are invited to the reception and asked to bring personal care items to assist […]

  • National

    Group says it will issue congressional scorecard on religious freedom

    Group says it will issue congressional scorecard on religious freedom

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    By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A religious freedom advocacy group said Feb. 2 that this summer it  would issue a scorecard grading all members of Congress on religious freedom issues. “You can flunk,” warned Lou Ann Sabatier, director of communications for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, during a news conference at […]

  • International

    Jordan says it cannot continue to bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis

    Jordan says it cannot continue to bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis

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    By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AL-KHALDIYA, Jordan (CNS) — As a donors conference to stem the Syrian refugee crisis opens in London, Syria’s neighbors, which have hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees for the past five years, say they cannot continue to bear the brunt of the burden. King Abdullah II of Jordan, one […]

  • Vatican

    Pope says he goes to Mexico as a ‘missionary of mercy, peace’

    Pope says he goes to Mexico as a ‘missionary of mercy, peace’

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said his reasons for going to Mexico are “easy and simple.” “I want to come as a missionary of mercy and peace,” the pope said in a video message to the Mexican people released by the Vatican Feb. 7. “I want to […]

  • Commentary

    Human Organs from Pigs — Is it Kosher?

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    Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk      Human beings can have a visceral reaction to the thought of growing human kidneys or livers inside the bodies of pigs or cows. A participant in a recent online forum on human/animal chimeras described it this way: “Unbelievable!!! …If there was anything that was more anti-God it […]

  • Spiritual

    Psalmists cry out to God

    Psalmists cry out to God

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    Many spiritual leaders have observed that the experience of loss and being overwhelmed with misery brings us to the edge of what it means to be human, and ironically makes us most open to an experience of the mystery that we know as God. Perhaps these raw moments in life bring us to present ourselves […]