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Former Planned Parenthood director encourages pro-life audience

Former Planned Parenthood director encourages pro-life audience

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “What are you doing?” a former abortion clinic director asked hundreds of pro-lifers here Tuesday. Speaking at Visitation House’s 10th anniversary benefit dinner, Abby Johnson told attendees not to consider that dinner their pro-life activity for the year. Eve Lindquist, Visitation House executive director, said a record number – about […]

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Taizé monks visit Assumption  for ‘their’ prayer service

Taizé monks visit Assumption for ‘their’ prayer service

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – A 99-year-old priest, college students, a man with children and two monks from Taizé, France – all gathering around the cross while people were singing around them. This was a scene Friday at the Taizé prayer service in Assumption College’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. “Your heart just begins to […]

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Pernet  Family Health Service  helps mothers, fathers, babies, teens

Pernet Family Health Service helps mothers, fathers, babies, teens

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – Yvette is thrilled with the help she has had and continues to receive from Pernet Family Health Service at 237 Millbury St.  She has been a client for about two years. “First, they helped me with food and later with getting some furniture,” she said. Yvette said Pernet […]

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  • Local

    Martin Richard’s family opposes death penalty for bomber

    Martin Richard’s family opposes death penalty for bomber

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    BOSTON (CNS) – The parents of Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, are asking that the death penalty be taken “off the table” for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On April 8, Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to the attack that killed three people and severely […]

  • National

    Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

    Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

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    By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78. His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal George “a man of […]

  • International

    Congo genocide must end; church can help perpetrators, religious say

    Congo genocide must end; church can help perpetrators, religious say

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    By Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The brutal kidnappings and killings in Congo must stop, and the church can help by reaching out to the “perpetrators and accomplices” of the violence, said members of several religious congregations working in Congo. Hundreds of innocent children and adults have been kidnapped and “butchered” in nighttime raids […]

  • Vatican

    U.S. official says church stand on nuclear weapons helps disarmament

    U.S. official says church stand on nuclear weapons helps disarmament

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 50 years of papal and Catholic social teaching against nuclear weapons has given moral weight to a worldwide nonproliferation effort, said a U.S. disarmament expert who visited the Vatican April 10. Rose E. Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, […]

  • Commentary

    Pondering the Implications of Three-Parent Embryos

    Pondering the Implications of Three-Parent Embryos

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    By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk An ethical Rubicon was crossed when the first in vitro fertilization (IVF)-conceived baby came into the world in 1978. With human reproduction no longer limited to the embrace of a man and a woman, people felt empowered to take their own sperm and eggs, or those of others, and create their […]

  • Spiritual

    Pope calls for hope, reconciliation as Armenia commemorates massacres

    Pope calls for hope, reconciliation as Armenia commemorates massacres

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis decried humanity’s ability to systematically exterminate its own brothers and sisters. He asked that God’s mercy “help all of us, in the love for the truth and justice, to heal every wound […]