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Worcester, Les Cayes dioceses renew twinning relationship

Worcester, Les Cayes dioceses renew twinning relationship

By Margaret M. Russell The Catholic Free Press The leaders of two dioceses joyfully joined their people once again in a covenant of solidarity.  Worcester’s Bishop McManus and Haiti’s Cardinal Chibly Langlois of the Diocese of Les Cayes renewed the twinning relationship that began 27 years ago. In true Haitian tradition, with prayer, music and […]

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Local churches share VBS decorations while sharing their faith with children

Local churches share VBS decorations while sharing their faith with children

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent At different times throughout the summer, Worcester County churches created welcoming, camp-like atmospheres where children could enrich their faith while participating in fun activities. These Vacation Bible Schools give kids, parents and volunteers something to look forward to. And to keep things exciting, each Vacation Bible School centers its activities […]

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National gathering of Kenyans in Worcester

National gathering of Kenyans in Worcester

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Local Kenyans hosted a national gathering of their countrymen with two bishops Saturday, in what organizers described as part of evangelization. Hundreds of people, mostly Kenyans, participated in The Sixth Annual Swahili Mass organized by the Kenyan Catholic Community in America. Archbishop Peter J. Kairo, archbishop […]

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  • Presentation Sisters still influence Catholic education in north county

    Presentation Sisters still influence Catholic education in north county

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    By Caitlin V. Reidy  |  CFP Correspondent And Katherine Bigelow, Julie Erickson, and Sarah Plume | CFP Interns LEOMINSTER – “A tree can’t grow without its roots,” said Nancy Pierce, principal of St. Leo Elementary School. The Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary are the “roots” she is talking about. The Sisters were instrumental […]

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  • Former superintendent to ‘work’ for schools

    Former superintendent to ‘work’ for schools

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    By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press Delma L. Josephson, Ph.D., has retired as superintendent of Catholic schools, but she hasn’t finished her “school work.” Her successor, David Perda, took the helm Aug. 7, but she’s still working for the diocese until Aug. 31 – in a different office in the Chancery. Then she […]

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  • Esther’s Dream bridges the gap to college

    Esther’s Dream bridges the gap to college

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    By Caitlin Reidy | CFP Correspondent PAXTON – Anna Maria College ingrains young scholars with a sense of faith, community, and tradition during Esther’s Dream, a program meant to give incoming students an early taste of college life. The five-day program, which was offered twice in July, is named after Esther Blondin (Mother Marie Anne), the […]

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  • Visitation House brings pro-life beliefs to life

    Visitation House brings pro-life beliefs to life

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    By Caitlin V. Reidy | CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – Every day is a birth-day at Visitation House, according to Evelyn Lindquist, executive director of the Catholic pro-life agency that supports mothers in crisis. Visitation House, located at 119 Endicott St., Worcester, takes the idea of “saving one’s child” and turns that vision into a plan […]

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  • Local

    Eclipse a way to appreciate creation, Vatican astronomer tells audience

    Eclipse a way to appreciate creation, Vatican astronomer tells audience

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    By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (CNS) — A total solar eclipse is a rare event, something to appreciate and enjoy in the mind of Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. So as the first eclipse crossed the country from coast to coast in 99 years Aug. 21, Brother Consolmagno […]

  • National

    Charlottesville’s Catholic students ready to heal wounds, chaplain says

    Charlottesville’s Catholic students ready to heal wounds, chaplain says

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    By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — After the weekend of mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia, the town’s college Catholic community was wondering — like many others around the nation — what to do. The protest and counterprotests making national news were unfolding right in their hometown and the rally’s torch-lit march and angry […]

  • International

    Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

    Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

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    By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead. Pope Francis, U.S. bishops and others weighed in with prayers and rejection of the Aug. 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, where cars drove into pedestrians. The […]

  • Vatican

    Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

    Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller to serve a second five-year term in the post. The Vatican announced July 1 that the pope chose […]

  • Commentary

    Considering the options for infertile couples

    Considering the options for infertile couples

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    By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally emerge during this process: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow […]

  • Spiritual

    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

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    By Clifford Yeary Associate Director, Little Rock Scripture Study Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. — Matthew 5:6 Jesus knows what it means to hunger. After his baptism by John, he undertook a 40-day fast in the wilderness, where, it can be safely said, water would also […]