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Seeing through the intersex confusion

June 12, 2016 | 3:23 pm | Commentary

On rare occasions, babies can be born with ambiguous genitalia, and parents and physicians may be uncertain about whether a newborn is a little boy or a little girl. While testing for sex chromosomes is invariably part of figuring out these cases, the genetics alone may not always tell the whole story. Both genes and […]

‘Makesafe’ plan for Mount Carmel Church

June 10, 2016 | 5:47 pm | Local

The Diocese of Worcester will take the necessary steps to ensure that the closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is not a hazard to the public, according to a diocesan spokesman Friday. The church was closed May 1 after engineering reports said that its integrity and safety could not be guaranteed. Efforts to quickly take […]

Diocese to open Fortnight with Mass, June 21

June 10, 2016 | 3:52 pm | Featured Article #4

Bishop McManus will celebrate Mass for the Protection of Religious Freedom at 7 p.m. June 21 in St. Paul Cathedral to mark the beginning of the Fortnight for Freedom observance in the Worcester Diocese. In the Cenacle, in the cathedral lower level after Mass, Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and publicity policy at the National […]

City-wide pro-life group turns regional

June 10, 2016 | 3:44 pm | Lead Story #3

By Susan Bailey CFP Correspondent What happens when one dedicated pro-life volunteer meets another? A meeting of minds and hearts, empowered by the Holy Spirit. And that’s when the good becomes extraordinary. The communities of Leominster, Gardner, Clinton, Fitchburg, Lancaster and Westminster are combining  through prayer and action to promote the cause of life with […]

Heart of the church beats in the parish, new priest says

June 10, 2016 | 3:33 pm | Featured Article #2

By Tanya Connor A man who cantored in a Worcester parish as a youth and recently helped start his own young adult ministry at another parish here was ordained a priest for the Boston Archdiocese last month. He’d spent years with the Jesuits, whom he met at the College of the Holy Cross. Father Thomas […]

New independent Catholic school to open in Gilbertville

June 10, 2016 | 3:27 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew HARDWICK – A group of parents and teachers from the recently closed St. Mary’s School in Ware, with backing from a man now living in the midwest, plans to open St. Aloysius Catholic School this year in the Gilbertville section of town. In a press release the group said: “Many dedicated […]

‘Missionaries’ visit Charlton neighbors

June 10, 2016 | 12:32 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor CHARLTON – Lay volunteers from St. Joseph Parish are going door to door in town – to share God’s love. As of Wednesday they had visited 1,092 homes, according to parishioner Thomas Creamer, who started this outreach, with support from his pastor, fellow parishioners and The Catholic Free Press. “It was one […]

Two men ordained for Diocese of Worcester

June 10, 2016 | 12:21 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor People from near and far rejoiced Saturday at the ordination of the diocese’s two newest priests: Father Wilmar Jair Ramos Mosquera and Father Diego Arney Buritica Zuluaga, both from Colombia. At the beginning of the bilingual Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, Bishop McManus welcomed their families and friends, noting that some had […]

Catholic Free Press wins awards for vocations stories

June 10, 2016 | 11:40 am | Featured Article #3

The Catholic Free Press won three Catholic Press Association awards for work done in 2015. The awards were given out during the Catholic Media Conference held last week in St. Louis. Executive Editor Margaret M. Russell announced the awards at a dinner following the newspaper’s 65th Anniversary Mass celebrated Monday at Blessed Sacrament Parish in […]

Boston gets two new auxiliaries

June 5, 2016 | 4:53 pm | Local

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has named two priests of the Boston Archdiocese as auxiliary bishops. The appointments of Bishop-designate Mark O’Connell, 54, and Bishop-designate Robert P. Reed, 56, were announced June 3 by Msgr. Walter Erbi, charge d’affaires of the Vatican nunciature in Washington. Bishop-designate O’Connell has been vice chancellor and judicial vicar of […]