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Unique experience

Unique experience

By Tanya Connor unique, hard-to-describe, truly Catholic experience with awesome teenagers. That’s how some described last weekend’s Steubenville East youth conference that drew about 250 members of the Worcester Diocese to the University of Rhode Island, along with hundreds from other states. “Thirty-three hundred (almost 3,600) Catholic youth singing and praising and worshipping God … […]

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Swift action brings new buffer zone

By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew Wait and see whether to litigate. Continue what they’ve been doing. These are among ways pro-life advocates spoke of responding to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday for what some are calling the “new buffer zone bill.” By a 116-35 vote, the House passed a bill supporters […]

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Hospital to buy Sisters’ residence in Petersham

Hospital to buy Sisters’ residence in Petersham

By William T. Clew PETERSHAM – Heywood Healthcare of Gardner has entered into a contract with the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin to buy their property at 211 North Main St. The sale of the sisters’ residence and wellness center is contingent on Heywood receiving local, state and federal permits to operate […]

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Featured Articles

  • Religious views trump mandated contraceptives

    Religious views trump mandated contraceptives

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    By Patricia Zapor WASHINGTON (CNS) – In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, the two […]

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  • Student recovering  from winter accident

    Student recovering from winter accident

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    By Laura Lambert CFP Correspondent On February 28 a traumatic hit-and-run accident put Amanda O’Malley’s life on hold.  The Assumption College graduate and Worcester resident can recall little of the night she took her dog for a walk on Belmont Street. She remembers her dog running ahead of her as she stepped into a snow bank. Now, […]

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  • Our Lady of the Lake  marks 60 years in Leominster

    Our Lady of the Lake marks 60 years in Leominster

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    By Michael O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Aimee Perkins has been attending Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church practically since the beginning, signing up with her husband back in 1955, a year after the church officially opened. She’s seen a lot of changes during that time. “We didn’t have nearly as many buildings […]

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  • Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

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    By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge […]

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  • Local

    Partners is at 94 percent of goal

    Partners is at 94 percent of goal

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    The annual Partners in Charity Appeal has received gifts and pledges totaling $4,682,919 so far, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. That is about 94 percent of the fund drive’s goal of $5 million. It is $317,081 short of the goal, but about $85,000 more than the Appeal received last […]

  • National

    Supreme Court declines cases on abortion doctors, juvenile sentencing

    Supreme Court declines cases on abortion doctors, juvenile sentencing

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    By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court declined June 23 to get involved in a case over a Wisconsin law that requires abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The act leaves in place a lower court injunction that blocks the law from being implemented while it is […]

  • International

    Sudanese woman rearrested with family at airport

    Sudanese woman rearrested with family at airport

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    By Catholic News Service KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNS) — Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman originally sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, was released from prison June 23, but apprehended again the next day at the Khartoum airport with her husband, who is a U.S. citizen, and their two children, her lawyer said. Antonella Napoli, head […]

  • Vatican

    Pope points to St. John the Baptist as model for evangelizing

    Pope points to St. John the Baptist as model for evangelizing

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In sharing the Gospel with others, Christians must be like St. John the Baptist, preparing the way for the Lord, pointing him out to others, then stepping aside, Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist June 24, Pope […]

  • Commentary

    The Holy Land Principles: A powerful tool for justice and peace

    The Holy Land Principles: A powerful tool for justice and peace

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    Making a Difference By Tony Magliano During his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the pope of surprises gave the world an unexpected powerful message. On his way to celebrate Mass in Bethlehem, Pope Francis suddenly got out of his popemobile and walked toward the towering concrete Israeli-built barrier that divides Israel from the Israeli […]

  • Spiritual

    Archbishop: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘eucharistic heart’

    Archbishop: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘eucharistic heart’

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    By Maria Wiering Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The Eucharist conforms Catholics to “the pattern of Christ’s self-giving love” and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year’s Fortnight for Freedom. The Mass […]