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Eight men ordained for Worcester Diocese

Eight men ordained for Worcester Diocese

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – St. Paul Cathedral was filled Saturday for the ordination of eight priests, the highest number ordained for the Diocese in any one year in more than three decades. The last year this happened was 1979, when eight men were ordained priests, according to Owen Murphy, former editor of The Catholic […]

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Photographer Tom Keegan honored by Vocations Office

Photographer Tom Keegan honored by Vocations Office

By William T. Clew “Tom just shows up to do this on his own,” Father James S. Mazzone, director of the diocesan Office for Vocations said. Father Mazzone is talking about Thomas F. Keegan, professional photographer from Shrewsbury, who has been taking pictures of ordinations of priests in the Diocese for 60 years. He takes […]

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What kind of world do we want to leave?

What kind of world do we want to leave?

By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew Pope Francis’ encyclical about the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” has elicited reactions from local people, some of whom have not only expressed concerns about the environment but have acted on those concerns. The encyclical is a call to conversion of our lifestyle, attitude, […]

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    Pope laicizes three from Diocese

    Pope laicizes three from Diocese

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    Three former diocesan priests have been laicized, according to a press release from the Diocese. Following the Catholic Church’s commitment to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Bishop McManus has announced that Gerard L. Branconnier, Robert E. Kelley and Lowe B. Dongor have been laicized. All were dismissed from the clerical […]

  • National

    Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

    Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

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    By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create […]

  • International

    Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada

    Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada

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    By Michael Swan Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — The Paulist Fathers don’t want to leave Toronto, but they say they must. The unusual uptick in vocations after the World War II has worked its way through the system and there are not enough priests left to staff the ambitious little empire of Paulist ministries […]

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    Synod to deal with family challenges

    Synod to deal with family challenges

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    By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS)  – The working document for this fall’s Synod of Bishops on the family called for expanded discussion and pastoral solutions to challenges such as how economic disparity and environmental degradation affect families as well as the impact of infertility, aging and disability. The church seeks to address the actual […]

  • Commentary

    When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

    When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

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    When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? By Allison LeDoux Director of the Respect Life Office, Diocese of Worcester As we embark on the annual Fortnight for Freedom, an initiative of the U.S. Bishops that takes place from June 21-July 4, we observe a focused period of prayer, education, […]

  • Spiritual

    Pope tells future Vatican diplomats to set aside judgmental attitudes

    Pope tells future Vatican diplomats to set aside judgmental attitudes

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    By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Clerics who work in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps are not called to be “senior officials of a state” or “a self-preserving superior caste, welcome in worldly living rooms,” Pope Francis said. Rather, they must be “authentic pastors,” with the “courage to plow” with their own […]