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Pope to commission three local confessors to be ‘missionaries of mercy’

Pope to commission three local confessors to be ‘missionaries of mercy’

By Tanya Connor Three local priests are among more than 1,000  “missionaries of mercy” receiving a special Year of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis. Father C. Michael Broderick and Father Peter J. Joyce, Worcester diocesan priests, and Father Dinh Vo Tran, an Augustinian of the Assumption, are to meet with the pope in Rome next […]

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St. Joseph’s Webster fields robotics teams

St. Joseph’s Webster fields robotics teams

WEBSTER –Two rookie robotics teams from St. Joseph School have been playing robot games all school year and in the process have come up with solutions to paper and food waste at the school. On Saturday, Dec. 19, a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team called the Brickonators attended the Massachusetts Championship Tournament at Worcester […]

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Parent’s save baby’s life; 8-year-old has answers

Parent’s save baby’s life; 8-year-old has answers

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Eight-year-old Alphonsus Nguyen says God called him to be a priest a few years ago. He has answers for what he – and his younger brother – should do about that. Before Alphonsus was born, medical professionals proposed an answer for his life: end it. His parents – Deacon Peter […]

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  • Celebrating Catholic Schools Week: A new look for Webster schools … and more

    Celebrating Catholic Schools Week: A new look for Webster schools … and more

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    By William T. Clew WEBSTER – Things are changing at St. Louis and St. Anne elementary schools as faculty and administrators prepare for a new look and new name when the 2016-17 school year begins. The two schools, now the parish schools for St. Louis and Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes, will be combined to […]

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  • Façade coming down; future of  Mount Carmel unknown

    Façade coming down; future of Mount Carmel unknown

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    By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Removal of part of the façade of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Mulberry Street began this week because the city believes it is an immediate safety hazard, according to Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone, pastor. He said this work and wrapping the steeple in metal banding to stabilize it […]

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  • Old rectory gets new vocation

    Old rectory gets new vocation

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    By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – St. Joseph’s Rectory on Hamilton Street has been renovated with suites for retired priests. And, for the first time in more than two decades, the pastor lives there. But to parishioners, some of whom fought to keep the church open in the early 1990s, this rectory was “home” years ago. […]

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  • Diocese releases financial reports

    Diocese releases financial reports

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    Unrealized losses account for significant deficit WORCESTER –  The Diocese of Worcester had an operational deficit of $1,192,704 in the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, Bishop McManus said in a letter to the people of the diocese. That included unrealized loses of $840,001 on investments which, he said, are “primarily a reflection of the […]

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  • Local

    Partners appeal plans Monday kickoff

    Partners appeal plans Monday kickoff

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    The Partners in Charity Appeal will kickoff Monday, Feb. 8 with the Partners in Charity Launch Gathering in the St. Vincent Hospital Atrium. A reception and complimentary Italian buffet will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The presentation program will be from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Father […]

  • National

    Abortion number, rate both down, says ‘State of Abortion’ report

    Abortion number, rate both down, says ‘State of Abortion’ report

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    By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Both the number of abortions and the rate of abortion is dropping, according to figures released in the third annual “State of Abortion in America” report issued by the National Right to Life Committee. The number of abortions, which had peaked at about 1.6 million in […]

  • International

    Anglican leaders sanction Episcopalians over same-sex marriage

    Anglican leaders sanction Episcopalians over same-sex marriage

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    By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Because of the U.S. Episcopal Church’s moves to unilaterally change canon law to allow same-sex marriage, Anglican leaders voted to suspend Episcopalians from positions representing the Anglican Communion and from participating in some Anglican bodies. Primates meeting in Canterbury, England, said that for three years, […]

  • Vatican

    Politics of mercy: Pope knows ‘welcoming the stranger’ is controversial

    Politics of mercy: Pope knows ‘welcoming the stranger’ is controversial

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    Vatican Letter By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Italian comedian talking about a new Pope Francis book was not joking when he said being a minister of God’s mercy can have social and political implications. The corporal works of mercy of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked might not […]

  • Commentary

    Five Gems from Pope Francis’ Book The Name of God is Mercy

    Five Gems from Pope Francis’ Book The Name of God is Mercy

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    By Christopher West I thoroughly enjoyed reading Francis’s first book as pope, a lengthy interview with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli. Sharing memories of his childhood and stories from his life as a priest and bishop, Pope Francis explains why he called this Holy Year of Mercy. Here are five of many gems I took away: […]

  • 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 […]