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Mercy sisters follow path of forebears

Mercy sisters follow path of forebears

By Tanya Connor A couple dozen women gathered at 111 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester Friday. They were there to remember five women who preceded them there – by 150 years. The five were Sisters of Mercy who arrived at this spot, then called Pine Street, on Oct. 24, 1864. The two dozen were Sisters of […]

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Red Mass honors those upholding truth and justice

Red Mass honors those upholding truth and justice

By Tanya Connor Imagine this: two lawyers are walking down Main Street, exhibiting an easy familiarity between them. But once in the courtroom, they duel with each other over their clients’ conflicting interests. It could look like they’re merely seeking victory, but “it is really the pursuit of truth and the implementation of justice,” aided […]

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Family synod ends by affirming tradition

Family synod ends by affirming tradition

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) – After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and […]

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  • Hundreds celebrate our priests

    Hundreds celebrate our priests

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      By Tanya Connor When the previous pope resigned from his pontificate, he kept the name he’d taken upon accepting that ministry. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had become known to the world as Pope Benedict XVI. Bishop McManus likened this to the situation of retired priests of the Worcester Diocese Oct. 14 at a fundraiser for […]

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  • ‘We don’t really retire,’ Father Mahoney says

    ‘We don’t really retire,’ Father Mahoney says

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    By Laura Lambert CFP Correspondent A 77-year-old retired priest, Father Thomas E. Mahoney,  knew all his life that he wanted to become a priest.  However, this knowledge didn’t stop him from procrastinating. “I knew since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a priest, maybe because I was brought up around priests […]

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  • Priests memories go beyond parish

    Priests memories go beyond parish

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    By Tanya Connor SHREWSBURY – “I was there when the Israelis invaded. … I was reading a French newspaper. I looked up and there was a flatbed truck with an artillery piece.” Father Philip D. McNamara is talking about stopping in Lebanon in 1982 on his way home from another assignment. He was there three […]

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  • The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

    The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

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    By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WEBSTER – If he had to live his life over, he would do it the same way – with no regrets.  So said Father Charles Edward John Borowski, 73, who retired three years ago this June. In May he celebrated 48 years in the priesthood.  He is looking forward to […]

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  • Local

    A papal kiss for Rutland boy

    A papal kiss for Rutland boy

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    By Margaret M. Russell It’s not unusual for Pope Francis to hug and kiss people attending his weekly audience. But a local couple did not expect their baby boy, Malachy, to receive the honor. Pope Francis blessed and kissed 8-month-old Malachy Francis Devine of Rutland at the general audience, Oct. 8 in St Peter’s Square. […]

  • National

    Chicago’s new archbishop to live in cathedral rectory

    Chicago’s new archbishop to live in cathedral rectory

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    CHICAGO (CNS) — Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, who will succeed Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George in mid-November, told the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago that he has decided he will live in the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral. He said Oct. 22 that he made the decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan […]

  • International

    Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

    Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry for not receiving permission from their superiors before emigrating from Iraq. At least three of those suspended had been serving the Chaldean […]

  • Vatican

    Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

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    By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. “It is impossible to imagine that states today […]

  • Commentary

    Do not abandon the elderly

    Do not abandon the elderly

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    Catholic News Service Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an editorial titled “Do not abandon the elderly” from the Oct. 17 issue of The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. It was written by John F. Fink, editor emeritus. The Oct. 10 issue […]

  • Spiritual

    Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

    Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

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    By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase […]