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Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

August 28, 2015 | 6:13 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, […]

Discovery of refugee bodies should awaken Europe, says Vienna cardinal

August 28, 2015 | 6:09 pm | International

By Catholic News Service VIENNA (CNS) — Austrian church leaders, reacting to the discovery of dozens of dead refugees on a truck near Vienna, said they hoped it would increase awareness of the plight of migrants. “Such refugee suffering should awaken us, like a bolt from the blue, to the need for more generous attitudes […]

Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of U.S. society

August 28, 2015 | 6:07 pm | National

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — American parishes are not so monolithic anymore. Traditionally European parishes, once the hallmark of the American Catholic Church, have become places where immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia have increasingly felt at home. It’s an indication of the ever-changing face of the U.S. church. […]

Worcester joins thousands in Protest Planned Parenthood rally

August 28, 2015 | 5:55 pm | Featured Article #1

By Margaret M. Russell More than 350 people stood in front of the Planned Parenthood offices on Pleasant Street last Saturday as Worcester participated in the national day of protest against the nation’s largest abortion provider accused of illegally providing fetal tissue for research. Some 300 more people were outside the Planned Parenthood in Boston, […]

WQPH to honor Blessed Mother for hier birthday

August 28, 2015 | 5:46 pm | Lead Story #3

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent FITCHBURG – Father Leonard Mary, a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, has a very familiar face. He’s often seen on the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network, where he celebrates televised Masses. The California native is also a chaplain for employees at EWTN, which has an international […]

A summer vacation in Appalachia

August 28, 2015 | 5:39 pm | Lead Story #2

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent “We are the hands of Christ on this earth. We are called to serve one another,” said Gloria Josephs, the director of Youth Ministry at Saint Luke the Evangelist parish in Westborough. She said that the Appalachia Service Project embodies the youth group’s values and how they live their faith. […]

Preparing the way for Pope Francis

August 28, 2015 | 5:30 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Pope Francis hasn’t arrived in the United States yet, but he’s already showing up on vacation with local families. He’s doing so as “Flat Francis” – a picture of him – thanks in part to people from St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northborough. On a more serious note, the parish is […]

Peaceful protest outside Planned Parenthood draws 350 people

August 22, 2015 | 3:30 pm | Featured Article #1

By Margaret M. Russell More than 350 people stood in front of the Planned Parenthood offices on Pleasant Street Saturday as Worcester participated in the national day of protest against Planned Parenthood. Some in the crowd said they came to show that Worcester is pro-life and that staying home and watching is not enough. Some […]

Journey: Brazilian priest joins God’s team

August 22, 2015 | 2:14 pm | Featured Article #3

By Tanya Connor The first Brazilian priest ordained for the Worcester Diocese says he’s found the United States to be the fulfillment of his dreams – and a place to find a team. And he says he always had a higher goal than priesthood. Shortly before his June 20 ordination at St. Paul Cathedral Father […]

Some say exchange of shots at border not big news in South Korea

August 21, 2015 | 3:00 pm | International

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Some Catholics in South Korea said the exchange of shots Aug. 20 between North and South Korea along their common border was bigger news outside their country than locally. Maryknoll Sister Jean Maloney has lived in South Korea since the last year of the Korean […]