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Prayer, faith action can change things in Iraq, the world

October 7, 2014 | 4:53 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Seeking a way to bring peace in the Middle East, patriarchs and politicians gathered in Washington, D.C. But they fought with each other. A little Iraqi nun, however, left them with a big lesson. Prayer and faith, raising awareness and action, are solutions to the problems, according to Mother Olga […]

Vocations director updates Serra supporters

October 7, 2014 | 4:43 pm | Lead Story #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Father James S. Mazzone spoke at the first yearly meeting of the Worcester Serra North club, held recently at St. Leo Parish. As vocations director, he has worked with a number of members over the years, as the club seeks to support and increase vocations to the priesthood […]

St. Bernadette School earns national recognition

October 7, 2014 | 4:38 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew NORTHBOROUGH – St. Bernadette School has been named  as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Secretary of Education. It is one of only 50 non-public schools, and the only one in New England, to receive the award. There were 287 public schools across the United States who […]

Catholic Charities grant to give jobs to elders

October 7, 2014 | 4:34 pm | Local

Catholic Charities Worcester County announced this week that it has received a grant of $849,022 from Senior Service America Inc. This funding – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor  –  will pay wages and benefits to at least 133 low-income older adults living in Franklin and Worcester Counties to work in temporary, part-time jobs […]

The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

October 6, 2014 | 12:42 pm | Featured Article #4

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WEBSTER – If he had to live his life over, he would do it the same way – with no regrets.  So said Father Charles Edward John Borowski, 73, who retired three years ago this June. In May he celebrated 48 years in the priesthood.  He is looking forward to […]

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

September 29, 2014 | 12:24 pm | Featured Article #4

By Joyce Duriga Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago. The appointment was announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to […]

Bombing Islamic State is fueling the violence

September 26, 2014 | 4:57 pm | Commentary

By Tony Magliano We need to do something! With the barbaric Islamic State now controlling large portions of Iraq and Syria, and inflicting rape, torture and even beheading on those who do not conform to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, it is imperative that they must be stopped. So yes, we need to do something. […]

Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope say

September 26, 2014 | 4:53 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has “no right” to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in “byzantine” philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. “We have to go out! So that — […]

Vatican warns against misinterpreting international law, human rights

September 26, 2014 | 4:52 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican formally criticized a U.N. committee’s “grave misunderstanding” of state sovereignty and reiterated its concerns over “controversial new expressions” that threaten the unborn and religious freedom. By insisting the Holy See should enforce the compliance of Catholics all over the world with international treaties […]

Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

September 26, 2014 | 4:51 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed. Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and […]