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Sleeping St. Joseph gets a place in bishop’s office

April 29, 2016 | 2:16 pm | Featured Article #3

The Society of Saint Joseph of Boston, recently presented Bishop McManus with a replica of “The Sleeping St. Joseph” statue that Pope Francis has on his desk at the Vatican. And now, Bishop McManus has one in his office too. Frank Mazzaglia, special projects assistant to the Worcester diocesan superintendent of schools, and a member […]

Peaceful #ProtestPP highlights value of a sign

April 29, 2016 | 2:14 pm | Featured Article #2

By Margaret M. Russell Nancy Clark didn’t want to carry a sign when she was praying outside the abortion facility on Pleasant Street. She said she didn’t want to draw attention to herself and just wanted to quietly pray for the women and babies entering the building where abortions are performed. One day a friend […]

Queen of Peace statue provides occasion to pray

April 29, 2016 | 1:41 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor A statue of the Queen of Peace is providing a moving opportunity to pray for the United States during this election year. And after kissing the crown for the statue, a paraplegic said she  was relieved of her pain. These were among highlights people shared from this week’s visit of an International […]

Pernet builds families

April 29, 2016 | 1:09 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor He hadn’t heard of Pernet Family Health Service, although he lived right down the street. That changed when he was about 15, and was invited to the agency’s Homework Club, he said. He went for the food – not the homework – and gained a lot more. Tyler Brown, 18, was sharing […]

Bishop gives John Collins the John Cardinal Wright Award

April 29, 2016 | 12:58 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor John Collins, who has brought his knowledge of Thomas Merton to prison and the diocese through The Catholic Free Press, received the John Cardinal Wright Award from Bishop McManus April 21 at the Chancery. As Mr. Collins spoke, it seemed he could link the famed Trappist monk to anyone or anything. “I’ve […]

Fitchburg Venerini school’s next principal gets charism lesson

April 29, 2016 | 11:51 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor FITCHBURG – “What we can no longer do, you will do.” The Venerini sister was paraphrasing the pope’s words to her congregation’s foundress. She was addressing the new pastor and lay principal telling them that it is up to them to carry on. Sister Janet Badagliacca got emotional as she reflected on […]

Shrewsbury mother’s love leads to helping others

April 29, 2016 | 11:44 am | Local

By Tanya Connor Everything in my whole life that I am most proud of is because of Michael,” Carolyn Brennan, of St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury, says of her oldest child, named for an archangel. The only thing she is prouder of is being smart enough to marry her husband, Michael, she adds. Her vocation […]

Catholic official says Zambians shocked by violence

April 22, 2016 | 2:33 pm | International

By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Zambians are shocked and ashamed of the xenophobic violence in the capital, Lusaka, in which mostly Rwandans’ homes and shops were ransacked, a church official said. “We are totally at a loss trying to explain the reasons behind this violence,” said Father Cleophas […]

Wuerl: Politically correct ‘choice’ rhetoric hides ugly truth of abortion

April 22, 2016 | 2:30 pm | Commentary

By Mark Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — One day after Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, spoke at Georgetown University, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl celebrated a University Mass for Life for college students at a nearby Catholic church, encouraging them to stand up for God’s gift of human life. A Georgetown student group’s […]

Inquiry into Dorothy Day’s life next step in sainthood cause

April 22, 2016 | 2:25 pm | National

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — A canonical inquiry into the life of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, will begin soon and extend to the end of the year, according to the Archdiocese of New York, which is sponsoring her sainthood cause and is where Day oversaw Catholic Worker houses. […]