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Two Webster schools to form new academy

October 24, 2014 | 4:46 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor St. Anne and St. Louis Elementary Schools in Webster will combine to form a new, separately incorporated, school – All Saints Academy –  which will open in the fall of 2016, Bishop McManus has announced. St. Joseph Elementary, the other parish school in Webster, is not taking part in this change now, […]

A papal kiss for Rutland boy

October 23, 2014 | 4:42 pm | Local

By Margaret M. Russell It’s not unusual for Pope Francis to hug and kiss people attending his weekly audience. But a local couple did not expect their baby boy, Malachy, to receive the honor. Pope Francis blessed and kissed 8-month-old Malachy Francis Devine of Rutland at the general audience, Oct. 8 in St Peter’s Square. […]

Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

October 23, 2014 | 4:36 pm | Vatican

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. “It is impossible to imagine that states today […]

Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

October 23, 2014 | 4:34 pm | Spiritual

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase […]

Chicago’s new archbishop to live in cathedral rectory

October 23, 2014 | 4:33 pm | National

CHICAGO (CNS) — Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, who will succeed Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George in mid-November, told the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago that he has decided he will live in the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral. He said Oct. 22 that he made the decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan […]

Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

October 23, 2014 | 4:32 pm | International

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry for not receiving permission from their superiors before emigrating from Iraq. At least three of those suspended had been serving the Chaldean […]

Do not abandon the elderly

October 23, 2014 | 4:30 pm | Commentary

Catholic News Service Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an editorial titled “Do not abandon the elderly” from the Oct. 17 issue of The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. It was written by John F. Fink, editor emeritus. The Oct. 10 issue […]

Family synod ends by affirming tradition

October 23, 2014 | 4:18 pm | Lead Story #3

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) – After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and […]

Red Mass honors those upholding truth and justice

October 23, 2014 | 4:16 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Imagine this: two lawyers are walking down Main Street, exhibiting an easy familiarity between them. But once in the courtroom, they duel with each other over their clients’ conflicting interests. It could look like they’re merely seeking victory, but “it is really the pursuit of truth and the implementation of justice,” aided […]

Mercy sisters follow path of forebears

October 23, 2014 | 4:12 pm | Featured Article #1, Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor A couple dozen women gathered at 111 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester Friday. They were there to remember five women who preceded them there – by 150 years. The five were Sisters of Mercy who arrived at this spot, then called Pine Street, on Oct. 24, 1864. The two dozen were Sisters of […]