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Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

November 20, 2014 | 4:49 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship,” after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the […]

Everyone deserves a home

November 20, 2014 | 4:39 pm | Commentary

By Tony Magliano Just imagine for a moment that you have no home. What will you do for meals today? Where will you shower? Where will you sleep? If you have children, how will you provide for them? And how will you cope with being homeless tomorrow, next week, next month? Such imaginations are distressing. […]

Bishops urge Congress to act on poverty, conscience protection, online access

November 20, 2014 | 4:37 pm | National

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In two letters to members of Congress, the chairmen of four committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged action to protect the poor and to enact conscience protections for medical workers and insurers. A third letter by the chairmen of two other committees encouraged […]

Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

November 20, 2014 | 4:34 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the […]

Autism conference puts focus on families

November 20, 2014 | 4:30 pm | Vatican

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Caring for people with autism spectrum disorders is caring for families, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry. “Autism spectrum disorders affect families, not just the person who has the illness,” the archbishop told reporters at the Vatican Nov. […]

25 years later, the Salvadoran Jesuits’ legacy lives on

November 20, 2014 | 4:20 pm | Featured Article #1

Photo by Tanya Connor WORCESTER – The College of the Holy Cross commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Nov. 16 murder of six Jesuits, and their cook and her daughter, in El Salvador. Among commemorations at Holy Cross this week and last week was this display of crosses, with the victims’ names and photos, which […]

St Paul Consortium honors Connors family

November 20, 2014 | 4:16 pm | Lead Story #3

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Casmir Mawra grew up in Tanzania, where he had the benefit of a Catholic education. “I went to seminary school myself,” he explained. “I used to be an altar boy myself. So Catholic school’s my everything.” Of course, Mr. Mawra wants his daughters to have the same advantages. […]

Bishop McManus to start dialogue on the family

November 20, 2014 | 4:14 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor After the first of the year the Worcester Diocese will begin consultations that Pope Francis has asked bishops to conduct, Bishop McManus told The Catholic Free Press Monday. The bishops are to seek the input of clergy, religious and laity in preparation for the world synod on the family next October, he […]

Bringing youth back to Church is a process

November 20, 2014 | 4:07 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Youth are said to be leaving the Catholic Church in unprecedented numbers and the Worcester Diocese is offering parishes steps to assess and address the problem. Elizabeth Cotrupi, director of New Evangelization Worcester for Youth and Young Adults, said the idea is to help those working with youth “get off the hamster […]

Getting ready for Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner

November 20, 2014 | 4:03 pm | Local

WORCESTER – The annual Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner is to be served at noon Thursday in the lower level of St. Paul Cathedral, which is handicapped accessible from the entrance on 15 Chatham St. At the cathedral Bishop McManus, the host along with Catholic Charities, is to greet guests, who would otherwise be alone for the […]