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Togetherness celebrated at annivesary Mass

Togetherness celebrated at annivesary Mass

By Tanya Connor Married couples have a variety of ways of staying together. But one method of remaining close – bringing a lawn chair up to the roof – was perhaps the most unusual of those mentioned Sunday. The Diocese’s annual Mass for couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries had just ended at St. Paul Cathedral. […]

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St Mary’s ‘Little Team that Could’

St Mary’s ‘Little Team that Could’

By William T. Clew The movie “Hoosiers” was about a team from a small high school in Indiana that, against all odds, won the state basketball championship against teams from much larger high schools. Nobody made a movie about the 1964 basketball team from St. Mary’s High School. But someone could have, and perhaps should […]

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Families pass along pro-life values

Families pass along pro-life values

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent NORTH GRAFTON – The diocesan-wide 40 Days for Life kickoff event was held Tuesday at St. Mary Parish, with a Mass celebrated by pastor Father Kenneth R. Cardinale, followed by a series of talks given by four local speakers. 40 Days for Life is an international effort to end abortion […]

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  • Local

    Witness for Life  to hold forum on assisted suicide

    Witness for Life to hold forum on assisted suicide

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    A committee formed two years ago to oppose a move to introduce physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts  will hold a free forum titled “Death with Real Dignity: Protect the Vulnerable, Comfort the Suffering,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 4 in the Hagan Campus Center Hall at Assumption College. Roger Dubuque, chairman of the Witness for […]

  • National

    New bishop of Fall River urges Catholics to celebrate their diversity

    New bishop of Fall River urges Catholics to celebrate their diversity

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    By Dave Jolivet Catholic News Service FALL RIVER, Mass. (CNS) — At his Sept. 24 installation Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha of Fall River urged Catholics of the diocese to recognize their “rich diversity of gifts” and “live in harmony despite our differences.” “Our cultural […]

  • International

    Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

    Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

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    By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed. Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and […]

  • Vatican

    Vatican warns against misinterpreting international law, human rights

    Vatican warns against misinterpreting international law, human rights

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican formally criticized a U.N. committee’s “grave misunderstanding” of state sovereignty and reiterated its concerns over “controversial new expressions” that threaten the unborn and religious freedom. By insisting the Holy See should enforce the compliance of Catholics all over the world with international treaties […]

  • Commentary

    Bombing Islamic State is fueling the violence

    Bombing Islamic State is fueling the violence

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    By Tony Magliano We need to do something! With the barbaric Islamic State now controlling large portions of Iraq and Syria, and inflicting rape, torture and even beheading on those who do not conform to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, it is imperative that they must be stopped. So yes, we need to do something. […]

  • Spiritual

    Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope say

    Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope say

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has “no right” to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in “byzantine” philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. “We have to go out! So that — […]