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Pope: Wealth, witness and hope are the strengths of contemplative life

August 26, 2016 | 4:38 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While prayer is the bedrock of cloistered contemplative life, the wealth of God’s gifts, the strength of a consistent witness of life and hope are the values that sustain those who choose to live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience, Pope Francis said. […]

Indians gather to celebrate birthday of Blessed Teresa, soon-to-be-saint

August 26, 2016 | 4:36 pm | International

By Saadia Azim Catholic News Service KOLKATA, India (CNS) — They came from all around to celebrate the birthday of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity who will be become a saint Sept. 4. Kolkata Archbishop Thomas D’Souza celebrated Mass at the order’s motherhouse Aug. 26 for the woman “who […]

Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

August 26, 2016 | 4:31 pm | National

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Police continued to search for the killer of two women religious who spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi. Sister Margaret Held, 68, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, 68, a member […]

Festival brings parish family home to Mount Carmel

August 26, 2016 | 4:21 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The revived Italian festival outside a closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Aug. 18-21 seemed to be partly about reviving parishioners. As Mass was about to start under a tent in the parking lot Sunday, Michael Scaglione said he saw people who haven’t been involved […]

Bishop leads pilgrimage to Divine Mercy shrine

August 26, 2016 | 4:13 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press The Divine Mercy message and devotion and a national shrine dedicated to spreading them. The Year of Mercy. The pope and the bishop. These were important to people who joined the Worcester Diocese’s pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge Friday. Father Richard […]

Year of Mercy adds new dimension to St. George Parish’s service project

August 26, 2016 | 4:07 pm | Lead Story #3

By Christina Galeone | CFP Correspondent This Holy Year of Mercy has shed new light on God’s mercy for many parishes and has also been a catalyst, inspiring them to perform new works of mercy. But how does it affect those works that began before this jubilee year? “The experience this year was so different,” […]

Partners nears goal

August 26, 2016 | 12:23 pm | Local

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal, with a few days to go,  has received gifts and pledges of $4,963,982,  just $36,018 short of its $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. That is more than the total $4,827,097 in gifts and pledges that Partners received last year, Mr. […]

Pope leads rosary for Italy earthquake victims

August 24, 2016 | 12:51 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service. Beginning the audience in […]

Pope: Jesus’ compassion is a call to service, not a vague sentiment

August 19, 2016 | 1:27 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus’ compassion toward people in need is not a vague sentiment, but a calling for Christians to bring that same compassion to others, Pope Francis said. By miraculously feeding thousands of people, Jesus made an act “of faith and prayer” that “shows the full […]

National security, foreign policy worries a factor in 2016 election

August 19, 2016 | 1:26 pm | National

By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — Not since the aftermath of 9/11 has America’s national security and foreign policy seemed to resonate so heavily with the electorate during a U.S. presidential election, according to several political scientists. Terror incidents in Europe, the Middle East and at home — paired […]