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Prepare to vote; attend this forum

September 22, 2016 | 3:04 pm | Local

The Catholic Free Press and the diocesan Respect Life Office are sponsoring a four-night, pre-election forum titled “Conscience and the Catholic Voter.” The sessions will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 at two Worcester parishes. The evening will begin in the church with a Holy Hour […]

Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

September 16, 2016 | 5:13 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code […]

Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

September 16, 2016 | 5:09 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis donned a green hospital gown over his white cassock and entered the neonatal unit of a Rome hospital, peering in the incubators, making the sign of the cross and encouraging worried parents. The trip to the babies’ ward of Rome’s San Giovanni Hospital […]

High stakes for religious freedom, free speech seen in U.S. election

September 16, 2016 | 5:08 pm | National

By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — With every passing U.S. election cycle, First Amendment and religious freedom-minded voters and watchdogs might be tempted to think, “This is the election that will most matter in our lifetimes.” But as recent years have brought a wave of religious liberty court battles […]

Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

September 16, 2016 | 5:05 pm | International

By Robert Hiini Catholic News Service SYDNEY (CNS) — Australia’s bishops called on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism and the toxic attitudes that often accompany concepts such as “intergenerational theft.” The bishops link Australia’s treatment of the elderly with Western discomfort around dying and point to the looming threat posed by euthanasia […]

TV star Frank Runyeon imparts lessons in Blackstone

September 16, 2016 | 4:39 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press BLACKSTONE – God should be at the center, but he’s been cut out of life. That makes it harder to teach the faith. This message was communicated Sunday, Sept. 11, when television star Frank Runyeon spoke to religious education students, teachers and parents at St. Theresa Parish. […]

St. Rose of Lima opens hearts for 9/11 remembrance

September 16, 2016 | 4:34 pm | Lead Story #3

Susan Bailey | CFP Correspondent On September 11, outside of St. Rose of Lima Church in Northborough, firefighter Patrick McManus raised the American flag over a firetruck parked in front of the church building. It was the appropriate symbol of community between the town and parish as people from various faiths gathered for a Memorial […]

First Friday pilgrimage at St. JPII Parish

September 16, 2016 | 4:29 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press SOUTHBRIDGE – Walking to a pilgrimage church, and through its Holy Door, is a source of grace for pilgrims and their priests, according to some who have done it. St. John Paul II Parish has been holding a pilgrimage the first Friday of each month during the […]

Students give All Saints Academy rave reviews

September 16, 2016 | 2:48 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WEBSTER – “Awesome!” That’s how Emily Walsh, a sixth-grader from St. Louis Parish, described her new school, All Saints Academy. It was Sept. 8. Bishop McManus had just cut the ribbon for the new school, after celebrating what could be called a double-birthday Mass in St. Louis Church. […]

Holy Cross professor writes about presence of mercy in his life

September 16, 2016 | 2:38 pm | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent WORCESTER –  “I think one of the things that the Holy Father is asking us to do during the Holy Year of Mercy is to reflect on how we have felt God’s merciful presence in our lives,” said Mathew N. Schmalz, an associate professor  at the College of the Holy […]