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St. Ann’s Knights serve at altar

July 21, 2016 | 4:30 pm | Lead Story #3

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent STILL RIVER – In Italy in 1858, Joseph Bongiovanni, a friend of St. Dominic Savio, formed a society based on concepts he and the saint discussed before the saint’s passing. The Knights of the Altar was established as part of the Blessed Sacrament Sodality. In Minnesota, 80 years later, Father […]

Clinton shrine to appeal in Knock documentary

July 21, 2016 | 4:25 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor  |  The Catholic Free Press CLINTON –  The Irish heritage of St. John, Guardian of Lady Parish attracted some special visitors to the church last week, and could make it “famous” as part of a documentary on Knock, Ireland, and its Marian shrine. The visitors were Laura McGann, a camera operator for […]

Young and old moved by Steubenville East

July 21, 2016 | 4:21 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press “Jesus Christ was just a few feet away from us!” Alyssa Mulry, 17, was talking about adoration last Saturday at the Steubenville East youth conference, held at UMass Lowell. A priest carrying a monstrance around the arena stopped above her. “It just made me so much more humble,” […]

Catholics look at GOP platform

July 21, 2016 | 4:17 pm | National

By Adelaide Mena and Matt Hadro Catholic News Agency CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNA) – The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions. It was an “extremely conservative platform” in the words of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), co-chair of the platform committee, “one that, as I said […]

Pope Francis names Archbishop Banach to additional post in Africa

July 11, 2016 | 4:50 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach, a Vatican diplomat, to be apostolic nuncio to Cape Verde. The pope also named Italian Archbishop Franco Coppola to be the new nuncio to Mexico. The Vatican made the announcements July 9. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Archbishop […]

Worcester prays in response to shootings

July 8, 2016 | 5:31 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Catholics and others here responded with prayer in the wake of the killing of police officers in Dallas. Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, of the SS. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker House, said her husband, Scott Schaeffer-Duffy quickly called for a prayer vigil at noon outside City Hall. Mrs. Schaeffer-Duffy said it was […]

Iraqi patriarch calls for tolerance, forgiveness to fight terrorism

July 8, 2016 | 4:20 pm | International

By Catholic News Service BAGHDAD (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, on the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, called for tolerance and forgiveness to fight extremism, hatred and terrorism. Speaking at a prayer service July 7 in the Karrada section of Baghdad for the victims of the July 3 bombing that killed more than […]

‘VatiLeaks': Citing freedom of press, Vatican court acquits journalists

July 8, 2016 | 1:46 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican court, citing freedom of the press, acquitted two journalists who published confidential documents while their source, a Spanish monsignor, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Judge Giuseppe Della Torre, head of the tribunal of the Vatican City State, delivered his ruling […]

Five Dallas officers killed in ambush; bishop calls for prayer and peace

July 8, 2016 | 1:39 pm | National

By David Sedeno Catholic News Service DALLAS (CNS) — Five Dallas law enforcement officers were assassinated July 7 as at least one sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas as hundreds of demonstrators were winding down a march protesting recent fatal officer-involved shootings in other parts of the country. The suspected sniper — who had held […]

Cremains and Respect for the Human Body

July 8, 2016 | 1:37 pm | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk   In the famous story of David and Goliath, Goliath boasts to the young David that after he kills him, he will give his flesh “to the birds of the sky and beasts of the field.” He conveys his profound disdain for David by speaking this way, deprecating even his corpse. […]