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The shows go on at Holy Name performing arts center

October 20, 2016 | 5:19 pm | Lead Story #3

By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press They have raised the money and have done the work. Now comes the celebration. So Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School is going to present a musical show, “What We Do For Love,” in its newly restored performing arts center. The Joseph R. Burke Center […]

Legal professionals urged to apply values to their work

October 20, 2016 | 5:14 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Apply your values and principles to your job. Get rid of laws that don’t reflect those values and principles. Father Paul T. O’Connell, associate judicial vicar for the Diocese of Worcester, issued that challenge to judges, lawyers and others Sunday at St. Paul Cathedral. The senior priest […]

Christmas dresses on their way to Haiti; more in the making

October 20, 2016 | 5:01 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press A spiritual experience, a “calling” for cloth, year-round work – and fun – has led to Christmas gifts for poor children. But this year Hurricane Matthew hurried up the gift-giving. This is the story Judi Mancini, of St. Columba Parish in Paxton, tells. On Oct. 12 she […]

Diocesan Haitian Apostolate gathering goods, cash

October 20, 2016 | 4:57 pm | Lead Story #1

Will pay funeral costs for six who died in hurricane By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press The first of six funerals for children and parents of children who were part of the Worcester diocesan Haitian Mission’s education program and died in Hurricane Matthew will be held Sunday. Sister Marie-Judith Dupuy, a Sister […]

Ecumenical papal trip: Touching the Christian heart of secular Sweden

October 20, 2016 | 4:43 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ recent insistence on “walking ecumenism,” the notion that Christians will draw closer to each other as they work together to help the poor, should resonate well with Lutherans and Catholics in Sweden. “Swedes are known to be people of consensus, pragmatic, so people […]

Becoming a credible model of mercy

October 20, 2016 | 4:30 pm | Commentary

“The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.” In these words of Pope Francis announcing the Year of Mercy, we hear a challenge and an invitation — a challenge to offer testimony with our lives and the invitation to enter into the very heart of God in the process. […]

Heavy damage makes assessment tough after Haima slams Philippines

October 20, 2016 | 4:27 pm | International

By Alastair Wanklyn Catholic News Service TOKYO (CNS) — Heavy damage was reported to homes and farm land in the northern Philippines Oct. 20 after the strongest storm in three years struck overnight. Typhoon Haima barreled into northern Cagayan and Isabella provinces, ripping the roofs off homes and flattening crops. Nearly every building in the […]

Catechism not enough to know Christ; need prayer, too, pope says

October 20, 2016 | 4:26 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To truly know Jesus, reading the Bible and studying the catechism are not enough, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Prayer, silent adoration and recognizing one’s sinfulness also are needed to grasp the mystery of Christ and the immensity of his love, the pope […]

Presidential nominees spar over abortion issue as final debate opens

October 20, 2016 | 4:20 pm | National

By Kurt Jensen Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the final presidential debate Oct. 19, Republican Donald Trump used his most explicit language to date to denounce late-term abortions. Trump made those remarks after Democrat Hillary Clinton, answering the first question from moderator Chris Wallace, restated her support of the 1973 Roe v. Wade […]

Stick sculpture rises on campus

October 20, 2016 | 2:44 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Coming upon an artist creating outdoor stickwork encourages people to talk about what’s most important to them. So says sculptor, Patrick Dougherty, whose hole-y creation at the College of the Holy Cross was recently “unveiled.” Fitting in a square 40 X 35 feet, and 25 […]