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Jordan says it cannot continue to bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis

February 9, 2016 | 4:41 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AL-KHALDIYA, Jordan (CNS) — As a donors conference to stem the Syrian refugee crisis opens in London, Syria’s neighbors, which have hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees for the past five years, say they cannot continue to bear the brunt of the burden. King Abdullah II of Jordan, one […]

Human Organs from Pigs — Is it Kosher?

February 9, 2016 | 4:37 pm | Commentary

Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk      Human beings can have a visceral reaction to the thought of growing human kidneys or livers inside the bodies of pigs or cows. A participant in a recent online forum on human/animal chimeras described it this way: “Unbelievable!!! …If there was anything that was more anti-God it […]

Pope says he goes to Mexico as a ‘missionary of mercy, peace’

February 9, 2016 | 4:34 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said his reasons for going to Mexico are “easy and simple.” “I want to come as a missionary of mercy and peace,” the pope said in a video message to the Mexican people released by the Vatican Feb. 7. “I want to […]

Group says it will issue congressional scorecard on religious freedom

February 9, 2016 | 4:29 pm | National

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A religious freedom advocacy group said Feb. 2 that this summer it  would issue a scorecard grading all members of Congress on religious freedom issues. “You can flunk,” warned Lou Ann Sabatier, director of communications for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, during a news conference at […]

St. John’s names Nativity School leader as its new headmaster

February 9, 2016 | 1:11 pm | Lead Story #1, Local

SHREWSBURY – Alex Zequeira, president of the Nativity School of Worcester, has been named headmaster at St. John’s High School, effective July 1, the school announced Tuesday. He will succeed Michael W. Welch, who has been headmaster since July 1, 2001. Mr. Welch, an alumnus and the first lay headmaster of the school sponsored by […]

Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity Friday at Assumption College

February 9, 2016 | 10:51 am | Local

Worcester’s annual Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at Assumption College. Prior to the Prayer, a social reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Lauring Community Room of the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center.  All are invited to the reception and asked to bring personal care items to assist […]

Façade coming down; future of Mount Carmel unknown

February 5, 2016 | 1:49 pm | Featured Article #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Removal of part of the façade of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Mulberry Street began this week because the city believes it is an immediate safety hazard, according to Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone, pastor. He said this work and wrapping the steeple in metal banding to stabilize it […]

Psalmists cry out to God

February 5, 2016 | 12:31 pm | Spiritual

Many spiritual leaders have observed that the experience of loss and being overwhelmed with misery brings us to the edge of what it means to be human, and ironically makes us most open to an experience of the mystery that we know as God. Perhaps these raw moments in life bring us to present ourselves […]

Pope to commission three local confessors to be ‘missionaries of mercy’

February 5, 2016 | 12:24 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Three local priests are among more than 1,000  “missionaries of mercy” receiving a special Year of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis. Father C. Michael Broderick and Father Peter J. Joyce, Worcester diocesan priests, and Father Dinh Vo Tran, an Augustinian of the Assumption, are to meet with the pope in Rome next […]

Partners kickoff event canceled

February 5, 2016 | 9:45 am | Local

The Partners in Charity Appeal kickoff event scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The goal of the fund drive is $5 million, as it was last year. The theme for this Appeal is “Called to be Merciful.” Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development, said it fits perfectly with Pope Francis’ “call to […]