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John Allen kicks off Partners campaign with stories about the popes

February 20, 2015 | 11:56 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor Pope Francis’ agenda and vision for the Catholic Church centers on leadership as service, a missionary conception of Church and mercy as the core Christian message for this time. These elements are a winning strategy for the new evangelization – and for Partners in Charity. That’s what John L. Allen Jr., who’s […]

Fifty Shades of Grey’ called ‘direct assault’ on marriage, morality

February 13, 2015 | 5:33 pm | Featured Article #4

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The new movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is “a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God’s people,” Cincinnati’s archbishop told pastors in his archdiocese. “We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the […]

March for Life grows with youthful energy

January 30, 2015 | 11:58 am | Featured Article #4

By Nate Madden And CFP staff WASHINGTON (CNS) – At this year’s March for Life Jan. 22, the things to notice about the crowd in attendance were its youth, its growth and the sense that these young people are bringing about a cultural renewal. Groups from all over the United States came in droves and […]

Filling up local food pantries

December 11, 2014 | 6:50 pm | Featured Article #4

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent Cash is king. At least that’s the case at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Saint John Paul II Parish in Southbridge. During Advent, some people might be wondering what type of presents they can give to their local parish-based food bank, which serve the needy throughout the […]

Scholar goes to prison, forms Thomas Merton Society chapter

November 14, 2014 | 3:29 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor SHIRLEY – The only chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society that is located in a prison is at MCI-Shirley, according the 83-year-old who started it there. John Collins, a member of St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury who writes columns about the popular Trappist monk for The Catholic Free Press, said this […]

The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

October 6, 2014 | 12:42 pm | Featured Article #4

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WEBSTER – If he had to live his life over, he would do it the same way – with no regrets.  So said Father Charles Edward John Borowski, 73, who retired three years ago this June. In May he celebrated 48 years in the priesthood.  He is looking forward to […]

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

September 29, 2014 | 12:24 pm | Featured Article #4

By Joyce Duriga Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago. The appointment was announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to […]

Father Ryan balanced work and family

September 18, 2014 | 11:13 am | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent In Romans 8:28, the Apostle Paul proclaims: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” In 1990, Marianne Lauria, a loving, devoted 34-year old mom, passed away from a brain aneurysm. Her brother faced the tragedy by fulfilling her wishes that […]

800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

August 21, 2014 | 4:04 pm | Featured Article #4

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the […]

AIDS activists praise progress, warn about lingering danger of HIV

July 31, 2014 | 4:28 pm | Featured Article #4

By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) — Catholic AIDS activists said they are encouraged by the steady progress being made against HIV, but warned against complacency. As some 18,000 delegates and visitors to yet another international AIDS conference made their way home from Australia in late July, there were no headlines about […]