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Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

March 2, 2015 | 2:44 pm | International

  By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and 2 […]

Politician calls for coalition airstrikes to help Syrian Christians

February 27, 2015 | 5:59 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has called for U.S.-led coalition forces to use airstrikes to aid fellow Christian and Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants following reports of flagrant abductions and church burnings in northwest Syria. “There is a need for immediate action similar […]

Father Theodore Hesburgh, higher education leader, diplomat, dies at 97

February 27, 2015 | 5:58 pm | National

By Catholic News Service NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) — Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil rights leaders, died Feb. 26 at the age of 97. As the longest serving […]

During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession

February 27, 2015 | 5:55 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because […]

Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

February 27, 2015 | 5:54 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue. Willy Herteleer was well-known by the Swiss Guards keeping […]

Suffering people put you in the presence of God

February 27, 2015 | 5:31 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – The president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services gave suggestions Wednesday for how people here can work with and for those in need around the world. First, it’s important to “not turn our eyes away from the people who are suffering.” Second, “know that suffering is relevant to us because […]

Many called to enter the Church – Colleges join parishes at rite

February 27, 2015 | 5:24 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Despite cold, stress, and distance from family, Brent Tai realizes he’s not alone. He’s learning things he wouldn’t gain from the academic education he’s here from Taiwan to pursue. This is part of the story the Holy Cross College sophomore tells about participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Sunday […]

Prayer-Partners

February 27, 2015 | 5:22 pm | Featured Article #1

By Margaret M. Russell Partners in Charity has always been a partner in prayer, but is a prayer-partner in a new way this year. A donation envelope that includes a place for donors to include their personal prayer requests has brought a flood of responses. Bishop McManus has promised to take all of the prayer […]

St. Anna School’s social media sparks interest

February 27, 2015 | 5:20 pm | Lead Story #3

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – In less than two years, St. Anna Elementary School has had three principals. The current one is Bobbie French, who took over last summer. Things are going very well, and enrollment is up, she noted. Last year, there were 179 students, a figure that has since climbed to […]

Webster schools sign agreement to combine

February 27, 2015 | 11:46 am | Local

By Tanya Connor WEBSTER – The merging of St. Louis and St. Anne elementary schools is one step closer with the signing of an agreement by the bishop and pastors. Students and adults spoke favorably about coming together for a Mass Feb. 12 in St. Louis Church at which Bishop McManus, Father William F. Sanders […]