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St. Bernadette School earns national recognition

St. Bernadette School earns national recognition

By William T. Clew NORTHBOROUGH – St. Bernadette School has been named  as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Secretary of Education. It is one of only 50 non-public schools, and the only one in New England, to receive the award. There were 287 public schools across the United States who […]

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Vocations director updates Serra supporters

Vocations director updates Serra supporters

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Father James S. Mazzone spoke at the first yearly meeting of the Worcester Serra North club, held recently at St. Leo Parish. As vocations director, he has worked with a number of members over the years, as the club seeks to support and increase vocations to the priesthood […]

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Prayer, faith action can change things in Iraq, the world

Prayer, faith action can change things in Iraq, the world

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Seeking a way to bring peace in the Middle East, patriarchs and politicians gathered in Washington, D.C. But they fought with each other. A little Iraqi nun, however, left them with a big lesson. Prayer and faith, raising awareness and action, are solutions to the problems, according to Mother Olga […]

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  • Father Ortiz sees importance of devotions

    Father Ortiz sees importance of devotions

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    By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent FITCHBURG – Father Emerito Ortiz was sitting at his desk. In front of him was a Spanish-language magazine that contained an article on the importance of reviving Catholic devotions, such as the rosary, Marian processions, eucharistic adoration and other forms of prayer. He believes these practices are very important in […]

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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

    Catholic Charities grant to give jobs to elders

    Catholic Charities grant to give jobs to elders

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    Catholic Charities Worcester County announced this week that it has received a grant of $849,022 from Senior Service America Inc. This funding – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor  –  will pay wages and benefits to at least 133 low-income older adults living in Franklin and Worcester Counties to work in temporary, part-time jobs […]

  • 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 — […]