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St. Bernard Elementary principal plans to lead and serve

August 28, 2014 | 1:23 pm | Lead Story #3

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent FITCHBURG – A stained glass panel from the old St. Bernard Parish on Water Street hangs in the lobby at St. Bernard Elementary School on Summer Street. Newly hired principal Deborah W. Wright points to the panel, as she remarks that it seems to fit perfectly in this space. With […]

Diocesan school year starts with change and hope

August 28, 2014 | 1:21 pm | Lead Story #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – As students head back to class, there will be a number of changes within the diocesan school system. In Gardner, there is now one Catholic elementary school instead of two. Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart elementary schools have merged to form a new institute called Holy Family Academy, […]

Dismas Family Farm cultivates more than produce

August 28, 2014 | 1:12 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew WESTBOROUGH – This is the fourth year that Dismas House has been involved with the Farmers’ Market on the lawn of the Congregational Church near the center of town and this is its strongest year so far. That is the assessment of David McMahon, Dismas House co-director with his wife Colleen […]

A city smolders: No choice but to keep investing

August 21, 2014 | 4:15 pm | Commentary

In the days since the fatal shooting by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, images in the media have been riveting and heartbreaking. There have been confrontations with police, destruction and looting of stores. And then there are those glimpses of fire, the raging fire. (By Father Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles […]

800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

August 21, 2014 | 4:04 pm | Featured Article #4

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the […]

Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

August 21, 2014 | 4:03 pm | Lead Story #3

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions […]

Detroit’s ‘Mass mob’ movement beyond organizers’ ‘wildest expectations’

August 21, 2014 | 3:55 pm | Featured Article #3

By Mike Stechschulte Catholic News Service DETROIT (CNS) — Thom Mann believes Catholics in the Detroit metro area have always wanted to see Detroit’s beautiful, historic inner-city churches filled again — many have even wanted to visit themselves — but just needed “a little push” to do so. But what started as a little push […]

Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain U.S. journalist, his family

August 21, 2014 | 3:54 pm | Featured Article #1

By Catholic News Service ROCHESTER, N.H. (CNS) — In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, […]

Former sex slave says she still feels impact of meeting with pope

August 21, 2014 | 3:53 pm | Featured Article #2

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — A day after Pope Francis left South Korea, a former sex slave who spent a few minutes with the pontiff said she still felt the impact of their meeting. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Kim Bok-dong, 88, said through an interpreter she […]

Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

August 21, 2014 | 3:52 pm | International

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the […]