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Pope tells future Vatican diplomats to set aside judgmental attitudes

June 25, 2015 | 7:42 pm | Spiritual

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Clerics who work in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps are not called to be “senior officials of a state” or “a self-preserving superior caste, welcome in worldly living rooms,” Pope Francis said. Rather, they must be “authentic pastors,” with the “courage to plow” with their own […]

Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada

June 25, 2015 | 7:40 pm | International

By Michael Swan Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — The Paulist Fathers don’t want to leave Toronto, but they say they must. The unusual uptick in vocations after the World War II has worked its way through the system and there are not enough priests left to staff the ambitious little empire of Paulist ministries […]

Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

June 25, 2015 | 7:39 pm | National

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create […]

Synod to deal with family challenges

June 25, 2015 | 7:37 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS)  – The working document for this fall’s Synod of Bishops on the family called for expanded discussion and pastoral solutions to challenges such as how economic disparity and environmental degradation affect families as well as the impact of infertility, aging and disability. The church seeks to address the actual […]

What kind of world do we want to leave?

June 25, 2015 | 7:17 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew Pope Francis’ encyclical about the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” has elicited reactions from local people, some of whom have not only expressed concerns about the environment but have acted on those concerns. The encyclical is a call to conversion of our lifestyle, attitude, […]

Photographer Tom Keegan honored by Vocations Office

June 25, 2015 | 7:11 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew “Tom just shows up to do this on his own,” Father James S. Mazzone, director of the diocesan Office for Vocations said. Father Mazzone is talking about Thomas F. Keegan, professional photographer from Shrewsbury, who has been taking pictures of ordinations of priests in the Diocese for 60 years. He takes […]

Eight men ordained for Worcester Diocese

June 25, 2015 | 7:06 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – St. Paul Cathedral was filled Saturday for the ordination of eight priests, the highest number ordained for the Diocese in any one year in more than three decades. The last year this happened was 1979, when eight men were ordained priests, according to Owen Murphy, former editor of The Catholic […]

Pope laicizes three from Diocese

June 25, 2015 | 7:02 pm | Local

Three former diocesan priests have been laicized, according to a press release from the Diocese. Following the Catholic Church’s commitment to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Bishop McManus has announced that Gerard L. Branconnier, Robert E. Kelley and Lowe B. Dongor have been laicized. All were dismissed from the clerical […]

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

June 25, 2015 | 11:14 am | Featured Article #4

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and […]

When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

June 19, 2015 | 5:21 pm | Commentary

When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? By Allison LeDoux Director of the Respect Life Office, Diocese of Worcester As we embark on the annual Fortnight for Freedom, an initiative of the U.S. Bishops that takes place from June 21-July 4, we observe a focused period of prayer, education, […]