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Bishop McManus to start dialogue on the family

Bishop McManus to start dialogue on the family

By Tanya Connor After the first of the year the Worcester Diocese will begin consultations that Pope Francis has asked bishops to conduct, Bishop McManus told The Catholic Free Press Monday. The bishops are to seek the input of clergy, religious and laity in preparation for the world synod on the family next October, he […]

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Bringing youth back to Church is a process

Bringing youth back to Church is a process

By Tanya Connor Youth are said to be leaving the Catholic Church in unprecedented numbers and the Worcester Diocese is offering parishes steps to assess and address the problem. Elizabeth Cotrupi, director of New Evangelization Worcester for Youth and Young Adults, said the idea is to help those working with youth “get off the hamster […]

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St Paul Consortium honors Connors family

St Paul Consortium honors Connors family

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Casmir Mawra grew up in Tanzania, where he had the benefit of a Catholic education. “I went to seminary school myself,” he explained. “I used to be an altar boy myself. So Catholic school’s my everything.” Of course, Mr. Mawra wants his daughters to have the same advantages. […]

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  • 25 years later, the Salvadoran Jesuits’ legacy lives on

    25 years later, the Salvadoran Jesuits’ legacy lives on

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    Photo by Tanya Connor WORCESTER – The College of the Holy Cross commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Nov. 16 murder of six Jesuits, and their cook and her daughter, in El Salvador. Among commemorations at Holy Cross this week and last week was this display of crosses, with the victims’ names and photos, which […]

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  • Mother, daughter share special bond

    Mother, daughter share special bond

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    By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent Tammi Novia joyfully carries the cross for many Masses at St. Mary Parish in Jefferson. Her mom, Anna Nelson, said that someone once asked her daughter if she was afraid of carrying the cross so high. Mrs. Nelson said, “She turns and looks at them. She said, ‘I’m not carrying […]

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  • Nativity grads come back

    Nativity grads come back

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    By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – They graduated from the Ignatius Class of Nativity School in 2006, St. John’s High School in 2010, and Providence College in 2014. Juainer Beato-Lopez and Jacob A. Kelley are now back at Nativity School teaching as part of the Nativity Fellows Program. Mr. Lopez and Mr. Kelley are […]

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  • Scholar goes to prison,  forms Thomas Merton Society chapter

    Scholar goes to prison, forms Thomas Merton Society chapter

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    By Tanya Connor SHIRLEY – The only chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society that is located in a prison is at MCI-Shirley, according the 83-year-old who started it there. John Collins, a member of St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury who writes columns about the popular Trappist monk for The Catholic Free Press, said this […]

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  • Local

    Getting ready for Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner

    Getting ready for Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner

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    WORCESTER – The annual Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner is to be served at noon Thursday in the lower level of St. Paul Cathedral, which is handicapped accessible from the entrance on 15 Chatham St. At the cathedral Bishop McManus, the host along with Catholic Charities, is to greet guests, who would otherwise be alone for the […]

  • National

    Obama immigration plan largely welcomed; critics challenge its legality

    Obama immigration plan largely welcomed; critics challenge its legality

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      By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Barack Obama’s package of actions affecting millions of people without legal immigration status received support from Catholic organizations, labor unions and immigration advocates even as critics contended that the steps he announced violated the Constitution. Advocates for the immigrant community, including national and international church agencies, […]

  • International

    Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

    Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship,” after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the […]

  • Vatican

    Autism conference puts focus on families

    Autism conference puts focus on families

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    By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Caring for people with autism spectrum disorders is caring for families, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry. “Autism spectrum disorders affect families, not just the person who has the illness,” the archbishop told reporters at the Vatican Nov. […]

  • Commentary

    Everyone deserves a home

    Everyone deserves a home

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    By Tony Magliano Just imagine for a moment that you have no home. What will you do for meals today? Where will you shower? Where will you sleep? If you have children, how will you provide for them? And how will you cope with being homeless tomorrow, next week, next month? Such imaginations are distressing. […]

  • Spiritual

    Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

    Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the […]