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Partners Appeal surpasses $1M mark in advance gifts

Partners Appeal surpasses $1M mark in advance gifts

By William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press The annual Partners in Charity Appeal has raised more than $1 million in advanced gifts, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of the Office of Stewardship and Development. The actual amount, $1,192,175, is the largest amount of gifts and pledges that the appeal has raised previous […]

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Visiting the aged in Cambodia

Visiting the aged in Cambodia

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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Bishop Reed gets high ratings at St. John’s novena

Bishop Reed gets high ratings at St. John’s novena

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Movies and previews, the Gospel and the novena. How are they connected? Stay tuned and you’ll hear it from the president of the Catholic TV Network – Bishop Robert Reed. Bishop Reed, an auxiliary bishop of Boston, seemed to be getting high ratings from listeners Saturday […]

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  • Artwork unveils many colors of God

    Artwork unveils many colors of God

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    By Susan Bailey | Catholic Free Press Correspondent Kathy Jordan claimed this verse from Jeremiah 29 as her own: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” It proved to be a bulwark during […]

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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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  • Encounter Christ during Lent

    Encounter Christ during Lent

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    My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Pope Francis has recently reminded us that “Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ…”  From his first encyclical to the present day, by word and deed, the Holy Father has shown us that the hearts of those who truly encounter Jesus Christ are […]

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  • Hospital chapel art honors Southbridge woman

    Hospital chapel art honors Southbridge woman

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    By Christina Galeone Catholic Free Press Correspondent SOUTHBRIDGE – Lorraine A. Langevin enjoyed the simple things in life. The parishioner at St. John Paul II Parish, who passed away about three years ago at the age of 88, enjoyed the tranquil experience of boating on Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, and she treasured time spent with […]

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  • Local

    Lay evangelists to speak at Men’s Conference

    Lay evangelists to speak at Men’s Conference

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    Lay evangelist team to speak at Men’s Conference Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart, the two leaders of Casting Nets Ministries, a nonprofit lay apostolate, will speak at the 17th Annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at Assumption College. The title of their talk is “Sharing the Faith with the Seven […]

  • National

    School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead

    School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead

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    By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Things are looking up for school vouchers. Although there is currently more talk than action on school vouchers — scholarships used for private school tuition — the conversation about them has moved from education circles to the highest levels of government as they are discussed by […]

  • International

    In notorious Santiago community, church works to give people options

    In notorious Santiago community, church works to give people options

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    By Jane Chambers Catholic News Service SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — The residents of La Legua, Santiago’s most notorious community, are never sure when the gunfights will begin. Resident Maria Escalona Devia said as a result, people live in fear. “The battles are between the rival drug gangs that run the area,” she told Catholic News […]

  • Vatican

    Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

    Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A few hours after urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics. Presiding over the annual Lenten penance service March 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis was one of […]

  • 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

    Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says

    Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don’t ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation. “Please, let there never be those signs that say, ‘Confessions: Mondays and Wednesdays from this time to that time,’” he told hundreds of confessors and […]