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Partners Appeal reaches 26% after first in-pew collection

Partners Appeal reaches 26% after first in-pew collection

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal has reached 26 percent of its $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. Gifts and pledges totaled $1,425,619 at the end of the day Wednesday, he said. That was $233,444 more than was reported a week ago. Many parishes conducted in-pew collections […]

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Many still in need of shelter

Many still in need of shelter

WILLIAM T. CLEW | The Catholic Free Press For much of the winter the weather has been pretty kind to Central Massachusetts. There were no really cold days and very little snow. In the middle of December, that changed. For several days, temperatures were below 20 degrees at night. One night the temperature dropped to […]

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Doctor to talk about witnessing a miracle cure

Doctor to talk about witnessing a miracle cure

By Marie Romagnano and Father Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC Special to The CFP Barbara Rudzik was 20 years old and engaged to be married in June 2008. She had no history of any unusual diseases or medical conditions, but in February 2008 that all changed. She developed symptoms of a heavy cold. First she went to […]

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Featured Articles

  • Four to receive awards for their pro-life witness

    Four to receive awards for their pro-life witness

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    Four people who will receive pro-life awards this year span the ages, from high school to retirement. They are Margaret Dillon of Clinton, Nancy Clark of Worcester, Paul Tighe of Grafton, and retired Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. Each year the diocese presents several  pro-life awards at a Mass for Life. This year the Mass is scheduled […]

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  • Bread leads Uxbridge man to Bread of Life

    Bread leads Uxbridge man to Bread of Life

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    By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press UXBRIDGE – After his mother died, he took care of other elders.     After they died, he was left homeless. A piece of bread – and the Bread of Life – changed him. Todd Smith, 55, tells this story of his life, with help from other St. Mary’s […]

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  • Visiting the aged in Cambodia

    Visiting the aged in Cambodia

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    By Sean Sprague | Special from Maryknoll San Sophanna sits on the floor, cross-legged weaving a mat out of old rags collected from a recycling center. It takes all day for the 70-year-old Cambodian woman to make the simple floor mat, which will be sold for $1. She is in a good place now, but […]

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  • Health care bill diagnosis: never had input from those who care for sick

    Health care bill diagnosis: never had input from those who care for sick

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    By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, doesn’t mince words when it comes to the American Health Care Act, which was short of votes and withdrawn by House Republicans late March 24. Two days before the […]

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  • Local

    Bible expert to speak at Men’s Conference

    Bible expert to speak at Men’s Conference

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    Jeff Cavins, a presenter on the Bible and founder of the Great Adventure Bible Study series, will speak at the 17th Annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at Assumption College. The title of his talk is “The King and His Men.” In his talk, Cavins will discuss the difference between […]

  • National

    Cardinal Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

    Cardinal Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

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    By George P. Matysek Jr. Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal William H. Keeler, Baltimore’s 14th archbishop, who was an international leader in Catholic-Jewish relations and the driving force behind the restoration of America’s first cathedral, died March 23 at his residence at St. Martin’s Home for the Aged in Catonsville. He was 86. […]

  • International

    Remember shattered walls of past divisions, pope tells EU leaders

    Remember shattered walls of past divisions, pope tells EU leaders

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Europe must recover the memories and lessons of past tragedies in order to confront the challenges Europeans face today that seek to divide rather than unite humanity, Pope Francis said. While the founding fathers of what is now the European Union worked toward a […]

  • Vatican

    Top Vatican officials attend child protection seminar

    Top Vatican officials attend child protection seminar

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — There is absolutely no excuse for not implementing concrete measures to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston. “Let there be no doubt about it: Pope Francis is thoroughly committed to rooting out the scourge of sex abuse […]

  • Commentary

    I’m Not “Intrinsically Disordered!”

    I’m Not “Intrinsically Disordered!”

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    Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality. I ran into […]

  • Spiritual

    Pope recognizes miracle attributed to Fatima visionaries

    Pope recognizes miracle attributed to Fatima visionaries

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds […]