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Fitchburg’s St. Anthony parish school closing

Fitchburg’s St. Anthony parish school closing

By Tanya Connor  The Catholic Free Press St. Anthony Elementary School in Fitchburg is not re-opening next fall, according to those involved. Among reasons they cited were decreased enrollment, financial difficulties, demographics and disgruntled families. “It’s just really sad – (it’s) a good school,” said Delma L. Josephson, superintendent of schools. “I think everything came […]

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Milford Catholic School closing

Milford Catholic School closing

William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press MILFORD – The closing of Milford Catholic Elementary School will bring to an end 137 years of Catholic schools in Milford. Milford Catholic Elementary will close for the 2017-2018 year, Michael Walsh, chairman of the school board, said in a letter to parents and friends of the school Tuesday. […]

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Always in ministry, now an ordained minister

Always in ministry, now an ordained minister

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press “As of Saturday morning I will end 36 years of ministry as a lay person.” Paul Covino, director of campus ministry at Assumption College, was reflecting on his ordination to the permanent diaconate a few days before it took place. On June 3 he was ordained to […]

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    Bishop McManus speaks about religious freedom at Fortnight

    Bishop McManus speaks about religious freedom at Fortnight

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The United States has gone from being a country where religion was protected and supported, to one where religion was treated with indifference to one where it is treated with hostility, Bishop McManus said June 22. He was speaking at the diocesan observance of the […]

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    National effort on religious liberty seen helping state advocacy on issue

    National effort on religious liberty seen helping state advocacy on issue

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    By Sean Gallagher Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Since its creation, the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty committee has garnered much attention on the national stage for its efforts to protect religious freedom and fight government infringement on that freedom. Most notable has been its opposition to the Health and Human Services mandate — as […]

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    Catholic Church supports separate Gorkha homeland in India

    Catholic Church supports separate Gorkha homeland in India

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    By Catholic News Service NEW DELHI (CNS) — Church leaders have expressed solidarity with ethnic Gorkha people who are on an indefinite strike protesting for a separate homeland in the Darjeeling area of eastern India. Since June 8, Darjeeling district in West Bengal state has witnessed violent clashes between local residents and police. Street protests, […]

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    Holiness means being open to God, pope says

    Holiness means being open to God, pope says

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being a saint doesn’t require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the “hope of becoming saints” and with the desire that “work, even in sickness […]

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    Can I donate my body to science?

    Can I donate my body to science?

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      By Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.// Making sense out of bioethics Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a […]

  • Spiritual

    In recognizing one’s weakness, God’s strength can be found, pope says

    In recognizing one’s weakness, God’s strength can be found, pope says

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians who acknowledge their own weakness and limitations will find the saving power of God’s strength, Pope Francis said. However, recognizing one’s own vulnerability is “one of the most difficult things in life,” and those who fail to accept that truth about themselves set […]