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Former Planned Parenthood director encourages pro-life audience

April 16, 2015 | 2:44 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “What are you doing?” a former abortion clinic director asked hundreds of pro-lifers here Tuesday. Speaking at Visitation House’s 10th anniversary benefit dinner, Abby Johnson told attendees not to consider that dinner their pro-life activity for the year. Eve Lindquist, Visitation House executive director, said a record number – about […]

Pernet Family Health Service helps mothers, fathers, babies, teens

April 16, 2015 | 2:43 pm | Lead Story #3

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – Yvette is thrilled with the help she has had and continues to receive from Pernet Family Health Service at 237 Millbury St.  She has been a client for about two years. “First, they helped me with food and later with getting some furniture,” she said. Yvette said Pernet […]

Taizé monks visit Assumption for ‘their’ prayer service

April 16, 2015 | 2:39 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – A 99-year-old priest, college students, a man with children and two monks from Taizé, France – all gathering around the cross while people were singing around them. This was a scene Friday at the Taizé prayer service in Assumption College’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. “Your heart just begins to […]

Pondering the Implications of Three-Parent Embryos

April 16, 2015 | 2:31 pm | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk An ethical Rubicon was crossed when the first in vitro fertilization (IVF)-conceived baby came into the world in 1978. With human reproduction no longer limited to the embrace of a man and a woman, people felt empowered to take their own sperm and eggs, or those of others, and create their […]

Restoring Freedom: It’s important to note that RFRAs go beyond the one issue of same-sex marriage

April 10, 2015 | 5:15 pm | Commentary

from the April 1 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly based in Huntington, Indiana. Catholic News Service The backlash from a new Indiana law has been fierce, ranging from angry editorials to calls to boycott the state. The point of contention is Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, legislation intended to […]

Pope calls for hope, reconciliation as Armenia commemorates massacres

April 10, 2015 | 5:07 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis decried humanity’s ability to systematically exterminate its own brothers and sisters. He asked that God’s mercy “help all of us, in the love for the truth and justice, to heal every wound […]

Congo genocide must end; church can help perpetrators, religious say

April 10, 2015 | 5:06 pm | International

By Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The brutal kidnappings and killings in Congo must stop, and the church can help by reaching out to the “perpetrators and accomplices” of the violence, said members of several religious congregations working in Congo. Hundreds of innocent children and adults have been kidnapped and “butchered” in nighttime raids […]

U.S. official says church stand on nuclear weapons helps disarmament

April 10, 2015 | 5:05 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 50 years of papal and Catholic social teaching against nuclear weapons has given moral weight to a worldwide nonproliferation effort, said a U.S. disarmament expert who visited the Vatican April 10. Rose E. Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, […]

Speakers emphasize moral urgency of ridding world of nuclear weapons

April 10, 2015 | 5:03 pm | National

By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The Catholic Church has been a consistent voice prodding nations toward the distant dream of disarmament for more than 50 years, according to speakers at a U.N. conference April 9. Representatives of eight interfaith and interreligious organizations said the moral argument is the strongest one […]

Families share new sacraments at St. George Parish

April 10, 2015 | 4:59 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – The Easter Vigil at St. George Parish was a family affair. At that Mass Saturday four teenagers received all three sacraments of initiation: baptism, Communion and confirmation. Three mothers received Communion and confirmation; mothers of three of the teens and the mother of a second-grader who will make her first […]