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Milford parishes  join for Year of Mercy pilgrimage

Milford parishes join for Year of Mercy pilgrimage

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press It was a welcome experience of coming together – and being welcomed. That’s how pilgrims described the Year of Mercy celebration in Milford on Sept 18. Some performed a work of mercy, bringing donations for a food pantry. There were confessions and a brief service in St. […]

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St. Bernard’s Elementary at 130th

St. Bernard’s Elementary at 130th

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press FITCHBURG – St. Bernard Elementary School celebrated its 130th anniversary Sunday with a lesson – for teachers. Bishop McManus taught it through his homily at a Mass at St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus de Lellis Church. Students served in various roles and the religious sisters who […]

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Activist urges people to become informed about physician-assisted suicide

Activist urges people to become informed about physician-assisted suicide

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press TEMPLETON – A leader in the fight against physician-assisted suicide brought the issue home to people here Sept. 20, talking about things happening locally and nationally and calling for action. Matthew P. Valliere, executive director of the New Jersey-based Patients Rights Action Fund, spoke and showed brief […]

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  • Local

    Catholics have moral obligation to vote

    Catholics have moral obligation to vote

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    By Tanya Connor | CFP WORCESTER – Catholics have a moral obligation to vote – according to their consciences, consciences well-formed by Church teaching. But none of the four major candidates in this year’s presidential election have a very good scorecard when it comes to what the United States bishops have called the non-negotiable issues: […]

  • National

    High stakes for religious freedom, free speech seen in U.S. election

    High stakes for religious freedom, free speech seen in U.S. election

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    By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — With every passing U.S. election cycle, First Amendment and religious freedom-minded voters and watchdogs might be tempted to think, “This is the election that will most matter in our lifetimes.” But as recent years have brought a wave of religious liberty court battles […]

  • International

    Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

    Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

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    By Robert Hiini Catholic News Service SYDNEY (CNS) — Australia’s bishops called on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism and the toxic attitudes that often accompany concepts such as “intergenerational theft.” The bishops link Australia’s treatment of the elderly with Western discomfort around dying and point to the looming threat posed by euthanasia […]

  • Vatican

    Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

    Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code […]

  • Commentary

    Leaving our values at the door of the strip club

    Leaving our values at the door of the strip club

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    By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk I was recently talking to a Massachusetts family with a 21-year-old son on the autism spectrum. Because of the Asperger syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder that have affected him since childhood, he is only about 13 or 14 in his understanding and behaviors. Jimmy (not his real name) has been in […]

  • Spiritual

    Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

    Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis donned a green hospital gown over his white cassock and entered the neonatal unit of a Rome hospital, peering in the incubators, making the sign of the cross and encouraging worried parents. The trip to the babies’ ward of Rome’s San Giovanni Hospital […]