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Why be afraid when God is always showing the way, pope says at audience

April 27, 2017 | 4:30 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said. In fact, “even crossing parts of the world (that are) wounded, where things are not going well, we are among […]

Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

April 27, 2017 | 4:26 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee’s chair to support only pro-abortion candidates “disturbing” and “intolerant.” The cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged members of the Democratic party to “challenge […]

Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores ‘democracy gone mad’

April 27, 2017 | 4:22 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — France’s Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country’s “worst ever” and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from “losing its sense.” “Left and right rivaled each other and had their radical wings, but there was also a center. Now, left and […]

Church needs missionaries, not ‘clericalized’ laity, pope says

April 27, 2017 | 4:21 pm | Spiritual

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit’s to give, Pope Francis said. The temptation to impose a vocation on laypeople as some kind […]

The Ethics of New Age Medicine

April 27, 2017 | 4:15 pm | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few. These approaches raise various medical and ethical concerns. An important 1998 […]

Bishop approves indulgence for Fatima shrine visit

April 27, 2017 | 4:10 pm | Featured Article #1

By William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press In a corner of A Shower of Roses religious shop in West Boylston there is a shrine where, this year, Catholics in a state of grace may receive a plenary indulgence. Bishop McManus sent the following letter April 6 to Patricia Quintiliani who, with her husband Don, […]

Stories of the priesthood

April 27, 2017 | 4:04 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Bringing a would-be convert to his knees – unintentionally. Helping relay what might be called a guardian angel’s message. Leading police with drawn guns through the church and rectory in search of a robber, who was found … where? Seeing the vocation of parenting through those who […]

Father Muñoz dies in Spain

April 27, 2017 | 4:01 pm | Lead Story #3

Father Eusiquio-Arranz Muñoz, 81, a retired priest of the Diocese of Worcester, died April 21 in Segovia, Spain, where he had returned to live with his family. He was born April 9, 1936, in Adrados, Spain, the son of Genaro and Felipa (Arranz) Muñoz. He studied at the Angelicum University, Rome, and was ordained a […]

McAuley Nazareth Home offers stability

April 27, 2017 | 3:58 pm | Lead Story #1

By Father Paul J. Tougas Anne Power has been a staff person at McAuley Nazareth Home in Leicester for 12 years. “That’s almost half my life” she says laughing. She started as a child care staff person and moved on to a special needs teaching position, which reflects her educational background. She holds a master’s […]

Hundreds find their way in to the Church

April 27, 2017 | 3:46 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Family – present and future – played a prominant role in bringing people to Church this Easter. To be initiated into the life of the Church, that is. Prayer and teachers also left their mark. These influences surfaced repeatedly in the stories of people at Our Lady of […]