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McAuley Nazareth Home offers stability

McAuley Nazareth Home offers stability

By Father Paul J. Tougas Anne Power has been a staff person at McAuley Nazareth Home in Leicester for 12 years. “That’s almost half my life” she says laughing. She started as a child care staff person and moved on to a special needs teaching position, which reflects her educational background. She holds a master’s […]

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Stories of the priesthood

Stories of the priesthood

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Bringing a would-be convert to his knees – unintentionally. Helping relay what might be called a guardian angel’s message. Leading police with drawn guns through the church and rectory in search of a robber, who was found … where? Seeing the vocation of parenting through those who […]

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Father Muñoz dies in Spain

Father Muñoz dies in Spain

Father Eusiquio-Arranz Muñoz, 81, a retired priest of the Diocese of Worcester, died April 21 in Segovia, Spain, where he had returned to live with his family. He was born April 9, 1936, in Adrados, Spain, the son of Genaro and Felipa (Arranz) Muñoz. He studied at the Angelicum University, Rome, and was ordained a […]

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  • Bishop approves  indulgence for Fatima shrine visit

    Bishop approves indulgence for Fatima shrine visit

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    By William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press In a corner of A Shower of Roses religious shop in West Boylston there is a shrine where, this year, Catholics in a state of grace may receive a plenary indulgence. Bishop McManus sent the following letter April 6 to Patricia Quintiliani who, with her husband Don, […]

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  • Seder tradition continues at Sacred Heart, Hopedale

    Seder tradition continues at Sacred Heart, Hopedale

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    By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press HOPEDALE – The shofar was passed on to a younger generation as Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish celebrated its 35th annual Seder on the eve of Palm Sunday. “This is a bittersweet moment for me,” said Michael Matondi, the parishioner who has chaired this Jewish Passover celebration for […]

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  • Seniors honored with citations scholarships

    Seniors honored with citations scholarships

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Christ-centered. Transformative for time and eternity. That’s the kind of education a school must provide in order to be authentically Catholic, Bishop McManus said at the 10th annual Adopt-A-Student dinner, held April 6 at Mechanics Hall. An authentically Catholic school must also provide an education that motivates […]

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  • Circus priest offers Easter Mass for last show in Worcester

    Circus priest offers Easter Mass for last show in Worcester

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    By Tanya Connor | THe Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – For their last Easter Mass, the congregation, numbering about 50, gathered on the DCU Center’s arena floor. The chaplain borrowed one of their colorful boxes for the altar. The altar cloths and his chasuble sported circus pictures. Costume designers had sewn pieces of old elephant […]

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    10th anniversary of Little Audrey’s death to be celebrated

    10th anniversary of Little Audrey’s death to be celebrated

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    By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The mother of “Little Audrey,” whose canonization is being sought, expressed surprise and pleasure that Bishop McManus himself would celebrate a 10th anniversary Mass for her daughter today. “I asked him, as a mother,” if the Mass could be held at St. Paul Cathedral, Linda Santo […]

  • National

    Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

    Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

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    By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee’s chair to support only pro-abortion candidates “disturbing” and “intolerant.” The cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged members of the Democratic party to “challenge […]

  • International

    Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores ‘democracy gone mad’

    Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores ‘democracy gone mad’

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    By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — France’s Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country’s “worst ever” and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from “losing its sense.” “Left and right rivaled each other and had their radical wings, but there was also a center. Now, left and […]

  • Vatican

    Why be afraid when God is always showing the way, pope says at audience

    Why be afraid when God is always showing the way, pope says at audience

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said. In fact, “even crossing parts of the world (that are) wounded, where things are not going well, we are among […]

  • Commentary

    The Ethics of New Age Medicine

    The Ethics of New Age Medicine

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    By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few. These approaches raise various medical and ethical concerns. An important 1998 […]

  • Spiritual

    Church needs missionaries, not ‘clericalized’ laity, pope says

    Church needs missionaries, not ‘clericalized’ laity, pope says

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit’s to give, Pope Francis said. The temptation to impose a vocation on laypeople as some kind […]