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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. […]

Massachusetts pro-lifers react to Supreme Court proceedings

January 16, 2014 | 3:47 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor “It was very impressive – the whole thing. Being in the audience. Just getting into the place.” Roderick P. Murphy, of  Blessed John Paul II Parish in Southbridge, was talking about being at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday for the oral arguments about the buffer zone around abortion clinics in Massachusetts. He […]

Westborough parish embraces young man living with ALS

December 26, 2013 | 1:21 pm | Featured Article #4

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WESTBOROUGH – Matt Bruce was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis earlier this year. This progressive neurological condition, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, can strike anyone. But Mr. Bruce was an unlikely candidate. At 26, he was perfectly healthy. He lived in Worcester with two friends and he was working […]