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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 […]

Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

June 9, 2014 | 11:28 am | Featured Article #4

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge […]

Pope Francis thanks religious for their presence in Holy Land

May 27, 2014 | 4:40 pm | Featured Article #4

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Pope Francis dedicated his final hours in Jerusalem to time with local Catholics, reminding them that despite difficulties, God is always by their side. “He never abandons us. And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but with courage and confidence let us […]

Partners in Charity at 76 %

May 15, 2014 | 4:22 pm | Featured Article #4

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal is three-quarters of the way to its $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. Gifts and pledges so far total $3,806,000, or 76 percent of the goal, he said. The Appeal needs $1,194,000 to reach goal. Several parishes are planning additional in-pew […]

Our Lady of Czestochowa obtains relic of St. John Paul II after praying for teen’s recovery

May 8, 2014 | 1:04 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Members of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish venerated a relic of St. John Paul II before and after his canonization. The parish received the relic thanks to Pope John Paul II’s secretary, their parish priests, the bishop, and a sick teenager the parish was praying for. That teenager, Sylvia Chojnowska, […]

Letters left at John Paul’s tomb show pilgrims see him as friend

April 25, 2014 | 10:46 am | Featured Article #4

By Judith Harris Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every day, countless visitors to the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica leave letters and notes addressed to him. “Some were obviously prepared with care the evening before and written on formal stationery with an old-fashioned fountain pen,” said Elisabetta Lo […]

Sister Paula retires from diocesan post as vicar for religious

March 6, 2014 | 10:43 am | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew After nearly 23 years as diocesan vicar for religious, Sister Paula A. Kelleher, S.S.J., who retired Feb. 28, plans to take a little time off. But, like a sister in Leominster said several years ago as she left one job and moved on to another, “I’m not retired, I’m recycled,” Sister […]

Monastery ale

February 28, 2014 | 1:09 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew SPENCER – “It’s a very put-together Belgian beer.” That was the assessment of Chris Pierce, assistant beer manager at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough. He was talking about Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed at the Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph’s Abbey. The ale went on sale for the first time last Monday at […]

Starting aNEW with youth, young adult ministry

January 31, 2014 | 12:52 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor The diocese’s youth and young adult ministry is taking new turns, in more ways than one. The diocesan office is getting a new name, and launched  its new website, according to the new director, Elizabeth Cotrupi. The office is called “New Evangelization Worcester For Youth & Young Adults” or NEW for short. […]