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St. Anne parishioners agree: old church to be taken down

St. Anne parishioners agree: old church to be taken down

By Tanya Connor St. Anne Church in Ashburnham will be demolished and the Center Street property put up for sale, Father John F. Hamm, the administrator of St. Anne and St. Denis parishes, said this week. He said he did not know exactly when that will happen. A consensus about the plan of action was […]

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Teens encounter Christ

Teens encounter Christ

By Tanya Connor “This experience has been amazing … I started crying. It was a realization, feeling whole, one with God, and feeling that he loved me.” Carina Dillon, a 16-year-old from St. Patrick Parish in Rutland, was speaking about adoration. She was one of more than 150 youth and adults from at least 15 […]

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40 Days of prayer to end abortion has its own rewards

40 Days of prayer to end abortion has its own rewards

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent The recent revelations about Planned Parenthood doctors taking money for fetal organs and tissue from aborted babies did not surprise people here who pray for an end to abortion. “I’m not surprised. Because once you’ve decided it’s OK to kill an unborn human being, anything goes,” said Lee Crowley, a […]

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    Enter to win a book

    Enter to win a book

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    Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

    Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

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    By Valerie Schmalz – Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. The nearly nine-minute edited video — […]

  • International

    In quake-hit Nepal, monsoon hampers relief work

    In quake-hit Nepal, monsoon hampers relief work

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    By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Despite mobilizing financial support and procuring relief material to reach out to remote areas hit by April’s earthquake, Catholic charities — like others — are facing problems caused by monsoon rains. “Our plan was to complete the first phase of relief work by the end […]

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    Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

    Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

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    By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.” […]

  • Commentary

    Changing my body to “match” my “identity?”

    Changing my body to “match” my “identity?”

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    Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk The famous Olympian Bruce Jenner made headlines recently when he told ABC News, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman… That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.” He has been receiving hormonal treatments to acquire feminine traits, and is not yet sure […]

  • Spiritual

    Detroit archbishop exhorts preachers to facilitate ‘encounter with God’

    Detroit archbishop exhorts preachers to facilitate ‘encounter with God’

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    By Mike Stechschulte Catholic News Service DETROIT (CNS) — Preaching at Mass is the “best opportunity” most bishops, priests and deacons have on a regular basis to facilitate an encounter with Jesus, so it’s critical for preachers to make the most of every homily, said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. He made the comments in […]