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Run and tell the joyful news

Run and tell the joyful news

Easter 2014 My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”  Those recent words of Pope Francis were never more true than at the Easter encounter of St. Mary Magdalene with Jesus in the garden by the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene had […]

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Bishop praises priests for being ‘spiritual medics’

Bishop praises priests for being ‘spiritual medics’

By Tanya Connor Priests are “spiritual medics” who meet, greet and embrace the people and gently lead them into the “field hospital” to be healed, Bishop McManus said. He was referring to Pope Francis’ statement that the Church is not an elite country club intended for a select few, but more like a field hospital […]

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Cartoonist with pro-life message entertains, informs for Visitation House

Cartoonist with pro-life message entertains, informs for Visitation House

By Tanya Connor The radio program had a call – from a “stem cell phone.” “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is fantastic!” exclaimed the talk show host. “We have on the air a live unborn baby named Umbert. Umbert, do you realize how unbelievable this is?” “What, that I’m on the air or that I’m alive?” […]

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Featured Articles

  • St. John’s restoration: back to former glory

    St. John’s restoration: back to former glory

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    By William T. Clew A few finishing touches and the work of restoring the sanctuary with its triptych, the front wall and side spaces at St. John’s Church will be done, said Geoffey Kostecki of Master Liturgical Design of Amherst. He, his wife Kristin Bock, and Lorna Hanes, started the restoration work last summer. Master […]

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  • Diocesan Declamation contest

    Diocesan Declamation contest

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    By Laura Lambert CFP Correspondent Excitement and tension filled the air as preteens took turns competing to be the best orator at this year’s Declamation Contests which were held at Saint Peter Marian Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School on the morning of Saturday, March 29. Students in Grades 6-8 represented 14 schools from across the […]

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  • Pope Francis Year One: Impact around the world

    Pope Francis Year One: Impact around the world

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    Pope Francis’ appeal not measurable yet in church attendance By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis’ popularity began immediately after his March 13, 2013, election when he walked onto the balcony and humbly greeted the crowd in St. Peter’s Square. His appeal has been on a fast track ever since, causing […]

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  • Sister Paula retires from diocesan post as vicar for religious

    Sister Paula retires from diocesan post as vicar for religious

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    By William T. Clew After nearly 23 years as diocesan vicar for religious, Sister Paula A. Kelleher, S.S.J., who retired Feb. 28, plans to take a little time off. But, like a sister in Leominster said several years ago as she left one job and moved on to another, “I’m not retired, I’m recycled,” Sister […]

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  • Local

    To be known as Saint John Paul II Parish

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    SOUTHBRIDGE – Bishop McManus has decreed that the name of Blessed John Paul II Parish be changed to Saint John Paul II Parish, effective 12:01 a.m. April 28 the day after the late pope is canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, April 27 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis. The bishop’s decree: […]

  • National

    At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform

    At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform

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    By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) — With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that […]

  • International

    On 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide, pope urges reconciliation

    On 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide, pope urges reconciliation

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just days before Rwanda was to begin a weeklong period of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of its genocide, Pope Francis urged the country’s bishops to be resolute in continuing the work of healing and reconciliation. “Twenty years after those tragic events,” when […]

  • Vatican

    Pope, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth have informal meeting at Vatican

    Pope, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth have informal meeting at Vatican

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In their first overseas trip in three years, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met April 3 with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The 30-minute visit of the 87-year-old queen and her 92-year-old husband demonstrates “the importance that […]

  • Commentary

    Modern slavery

    Modern slavery

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    Human trafficking is a vile crime, a form of kidnapping and slavery that preys largely on women and children. It respects no boundaries and is conducted worldwide, in rich nations and poor, yet it rates alongside religion and politics as topics polite society prefers to avoid. Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of […]

  • Spiritual

    Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise, remember his love

    Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise, remember his love

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don’t hold back when praying to God — tell him exactly what’s wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis said. Prayer should be like speaking face-to-face with a friend: “without fear, freely and also with insistence,” the pope said in his […]