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St. Anne’s shuttered; families go to St. Denis

St. Anne’s shuttered; families go to St. Denis

By Tanya Connor No decision has been made about what to do with St. Anne Church, 162 Center St., Ashburnham, which is in danger of collapse and must be made safe or removed, according to diocesan and town officials who met Monday. “This building is unsafe and dangerous and would be especially dangerous in case […]

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Marriage: the primordial sacrament

Marriage: the primordial sacrament

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “Gay marriage doesn’t affect me, so I’m not going to worry about it. It’s a civil right. Your opposition to it is hate speech.” How should Catholics respond to these comments? Christopher Klofft, an associate professor of theology at Assumption College, addressed such questions after giving a talk about marriage […]

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Youth ministry getting a boost from Vital 3.0

Youth ministry getting a boost from Vital 3.0

By Tanya Connor “There seems to be a new energy” in the Worcester Diocese to draw people back to Christ and Mass, Gina Kuruvilla observed Wednesday. She said this is in keeping with what’s happening with Pope Francis and outreach efforts. “It seems like suddenly the Catholic world has woken up to the fact that […]

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  • Local

    Partners at 94 percent

    Partners at 94 percent

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    With slightly more than six more weeks to go until Aug. 31, the end of the fiscal year, the annual Partners in Charity Appeal has raised $4,721,000 in gifts and pledges, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. That amounts to 94 percent of the goal of $5 million, leaving $279,000 […]

  • National

    Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

    Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

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    By Valerie Schmalz – Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. The nearly nine-minute edited video — […]

  • International

    In quake-hit Nepal, monsoon hampers relief work

    In quake-hit Nepal, monsoon hampers relief work

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    By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Despite mobilizing financial support and procuring relief material to reach out to remote areas hit by April’s earthquake, Catholic charities — like others — are facing problems caused by monsoon rains. “Our plan was to complete the first phase of relief work by the end […]

  • Vatican

    Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

    Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

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    By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.” […]

  • Commentary

    Changing my body to “match” my “identity?”

    Changing my body to “match” my “identity?”

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    Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk The famous Olympian Bruce Jenner made headlines recently when he told ABC News, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman… That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.” He has been receiving hormonal treatments to acquire feminine traits, and is not yet sure […]

  • Spiritual

    Detroit archbishop exhorts preachers to facilitate ‘encounter with God’

    Detroit archbishop exhorts preachers to facilitate ‘encounter with God’

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    By Mike Stechschulte Catholic News Service DETROIT (CNS) — Preaching at Mass is the “best opportunity” most bishops, priests and deacons have on a regular basis to facilitate an encounter with Jesus, so it’s critical for preachers to make the most of every homily, said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. He made the comments in […]