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Preparing the way for Pope Francis

Preparing the way for Pope Francis

By Tanya Connor Pope Francis hasn’t arrived in the United States yet, but he’s already showing up on vacation with local families. He’s doing so as “Flat Francis” – a picture of him – thanks in part to people from St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northborough. On a more serious note, the parish is […]

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A summer vacation in Appalachia

A summer vacation in Appalachia

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent “We are the hands of Christ on this earth. We are called to serve one another,” said Gloria Josephs, the director of Youth Ministry at Saint Luke the Evangelist parish in Westborough. She said that the Appalachia Service Project embodies the youth group’s values and how they live their faith. […]

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WQPH to honor Blessed Mother for hier birthday

WQPH to honor Blessed Mother for hier birthday

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent FITCHBURG – Father Leonard Mary, a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, has a very familiar face. He’s often seen on the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network, where he celebrates televised Masses. The California native is also a chaplain for employees at EWTN, which has an international […]

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Featured Articles

  • Worcester joins thousands in Protest Planned Parenthood rally

    Worcester joins thousands in Protest Planned Parenthood rally

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    By Margaret M. Russell More than 350 people stood in front of the Planned Parenthood offices on Pleasant Street last Saturday as Worcester participated in the national day of protest against the nation’s largest abortion provider accused of illegally providing fetal tissue for research. Some 300 more people were outside the Planned Parenthood in Boston, […]

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  • Journey: Being an instrument of God

    Journey: Being an instrument of God

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    By Tanya Connor “Your worst day as a priest is better than your best day as a seminarian,” a fellow priest told Father Donato Infante III. Father Infante, ordained June 20, agrees: he starts the day offering the most important prayer – the Mass – for someone. “How could I ever think it’s been a […]

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  • Journey: Brazilian priest joins God’s team

    Journey: Brazilian priest joins God’s team

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    By Tanya Connor The first Brazilian priest ordained for the Worcester Diocese says he’s found the United States to be the fulfillment of his dreams – and a place to find a team. And he says he always had a higher goal than priesthood. Shortly before his June 20 ordination at St. Paul Cathedral Father […]

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  • Journey: Everybody is a missionary

    Journey: Everybody is a missionary

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    By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WORCESTER– Father Andres Alberto Araque Castrillon was studying for the priesthood in Medellin, Colombia when he heard about an opportunity to serve the growing Latino population in the Worcester Diocese. Someone asked him, along with his fellow students, a question that changed his life. “Who wants to be a missionary in the […]

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  • Local

    African Ministry takes charge of medical program

    African Ministry takes charge of medical program

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    By Tanya Connor Connections between the Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Free Medical Program in Shrewsbury are being strengthened, according to Father Eric K. Asante, diocesan director of African Ministry. As such, the health and spiritual needs of the community will continue to be served. The African Ministry became the program’s sponsoring organization May 1 […]

  • National

    Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of U.S. society

    Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of U.S. society

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    By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — American parishes are not so monolithic anymore. Traditionally European parishes, once the hallmark of the American Catholic Church, have become places where immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia have increasingly felt at home. It’s an indication of the ever-changing face of the U.S. church. […]

  • International

    Discovery of refugee bodies should awaken Europe, says Vienna cardinal

    Discovery of refugee bodies should awaken Europe, says Vienna cardinal

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    By Catholic News Service VIENNA (CNS) — Austrian church leaders, reacting to the discovery of dozens of dead refugees on a truck near Vienna, said they hoped it would increase awareness of the plight of migrants. “Such refugee suffering should awaken us, like a bolt from the blue, to the need for more generous attitudes […]

  • Vatican

    Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

    Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, […]

  • Commentary

    Consenting to the unconscionable

    Consenting to the unconscionable

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    In recent years, scientists in industry and academia have come to rely on freshly obtained human tissue specimens for certain types of research and experimentation. Sometimes these tissues and organs can be obtained after routine surgeries like gall bladder removal from adults or foreskin removal during the circumcision of newborns. The use of such tissues […]

  • Spiritual

    Penitential path: Theologians discuss promise, pitfalls of process

    Penitential path: Theologians discuss promise, pitfalls of process

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The discussion at last year’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family was lively — some media coverage made it sound like a battle — and a new book from the Pontifical Council for the Family shows the debate continues. “Family and Church: An Indissoluble […]