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Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

July 16, 2015 | 3:47 pm | National

By Valerie Schmalz – Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. The nearly nine-minute edited video — […]

In quake-hit Nepal, monsoon hampers relief work

July 16, 2015 | 3:44 pm | International

By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Despite mobilizing financial support and procuring relief material to reach out to remote areas hit by April’s earthquake, Catholic charities — like others — are facing problems caused by monsoon rains. “Our plan was to complete the first phase of relief work by the end […]

Detroit archbishop exhorts preachers to facilitate ‘encounter with God’

July 16, 2015 | 3:42 pm | Spiritual

By Mike Stechschulte Catholic News Service DETROIT (CNS) — Preaching at Mass is the “best opportunity” most bishops, priests and deacons have on a regular basis to facilitate an encounter with Jesus, so it’s critical for preachers to make the most of every homily, said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. He made the comments in […]

Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

July 16, 2015 | 3:40 pm | Vatican

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.” […]

Youth ministry getting a boost from Vital 3.0

July 16, 2015 | 3:26 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor “There seems to be a new energy” in the Worcester Diocese to draw people back to Christ and Mass, Gina Kuruvilla observed Wednesday. She said this is in keeping with what’s happening with Pope Francis and outreach efforts. “It seems like suddenly the Catholic world has woken up to the fact that […]

Journey to Priesthood: Father Escudero happy here with new ‘family’

July 16, 2015 | 3:21 pm | Featured Article #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent Juan David Escudero Muñoz originally planned to be a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellin, Colombia. He was happy where he was, and he loved being near his family and friends. In his second year of seminary studies, he was invited to come to Worcester by another Colombian seminarian who […]

Journey to Priesthood: Father Ramirez would do it all over again

July 16, 2015 | 3:15 pm | Featured Article #3

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “If I had the opportunity to be born again, I would definitely become a priest.” That’s what Father Juan Sabastian Ramirez said about how he would pursue, all over again, a vocation that involved falling in love. He spoke with The Catholic Free Press a few days before his June […]

Marriage: the primordial sacrament

July 16, 2015 | 3:09 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “Gay marriage doesn’t affect me, so I’m not going to worry about it. It’s a civil right. Your opposition to it is hate speech.” How should Catholics respond to these comments? Christopher Klofft, an associate professor of theology at Assumption College, addressed such questions after giving a talk about marriage […]

Journey to Priesthood: Father Lundrigan takes long road

July 16, 2015 | 3:06 pm | Featured Article #1

By William T. Clew Father Stephen  E. Lundrigan said he knew when he was a youngster that he wanted to be a priest. He just didn’t know that God’s plan for that to happen would take quite a bit longer that he first thought it would. When he was about 10 years old, he said, […]

St. Anne’s shuttered; families go to St. Denis

July 16, 2015 | 3:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor No decision has been made about what to do with St. Anne Church, 162 Center St., Ashburnham, which is in danger of collapse and must be made safe or removed, according to diocesan and town officials who met Monday. “This building is unsafe and dangerous and would be especially dangerous in case […]