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Bishop sends off youth to March for Life

January 23, 2015 | 3:15 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Every Catholic must fully embrace the Gospel of Life, who is Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, Bishop McManus said at Wednesday’s send-off Mass for those headed to the March for Life. How Catholics do that differs for each person, but when they die they will stand before God, who will […]

Haitian ministry reaching our to local community

January 23, 2015 | 3:07 pm | Local

By Tanya Connor The Worcester Diocese is starting a ministry to local Haitians, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary of ministry in Haiti, Sister Marie-Judith Dupuy, Haitian Apostolate director, said last week. The new ministry is to begin Feb. 8 with a 2 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop McManus at Holy Family Parish in Worcester, […]

Filipinos bring Santo Nino statues for blessings from Pope Francis

January 19, 2015 | 2:14 pm | Featured Article #3

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — The record-breaking papal Mass in Rizal Park coincided with one of the most popular feast days in the Philippines: Santo Nino Day, or the feast of the Holy Child Jesus. Many of the more than 6 million people who walked along the closed-off roads surrounding […]

Typhoon survivors grateful pope braved tropical storm for Mass

January 19, 2015 | 2:13 pm | Featured Article #2

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service TACLOBAN, Philippines (CNS) — Among more than 100,000 people who braved an approaching tropical storm and waited long hours to attend Mass with Pope Francis Jan. 17 were survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. John Tumama, 18, was shivering after being on the grounds near Tacloban airport for almost 18 hours. […]

Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

January 19, 2015 | 2:13 pm | Featured Article #1

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Pope Francis told a crowd of an estimated 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.” The […]

Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage cases this term

January 19, 2015 | 2:11 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court Jan. 16 agreed to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states. In brief orders, the court […]

Highway wears on Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

January 16, 2015 | 6:59 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew What does the future hold for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church? That is the question Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone, pastor, and members of the parish are dealing with as the church building continues to show signs of damage. The church cornerstone was laid in 1927 and the church was completed […]

Unrealized gains account for surplus for Diocese

January 16, 2015 | 6:53 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew The Diocese of Worcester finished the 2014 fiscal year with an operating surplus of $1,276,057, according to information released by Bishop McManus after an annual audit of diocesan financial activities. Expenses for 2014 were $25,271,377. In fiscal 2013 the diocese had a surplus of $122,418 on expenses totaling $24,750,617. In a […]

Florida bishops speak out about state’s same-sex ruling

January 9, 2015 | 6:49 pm | National

By Catholic News Service MIAMI (CNS) — A day after a federal judge’s Jan. 5 ruling struck down the state’s ban of same-sex marriage, Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski sent a letter to archdiocesan employees stressing that they need to “understand the church’s position” on this issue. Along with the letter, which he said he […]

Catechism, yoga, Zen cannot open people’s hearts to God, pope says

January 9, 2015 | 6:44 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Courses in yoga, Zen meditation, even extensive studies in church teaching and spirituality can never free people enough to open their hearts to God and his love, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Only the Holy Spirit can “move the heart” and make it […]