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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 […]

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, […]