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Full text of Pope Francis’ in flight interview

February 19, 2016 | 10:44 am | Lead Story #1

Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Mexico to Rome  Vatican City, Feb 18, 2016 / 11:00 am (CNA) – In his hour-long inflight news conference on his way from Juarez to Rome, Pope Francis touched on a wide range of hot-button topics, including immigration, pedophilia, the spread of the Zika virus and his […]

Blessed Sacrament’s youth mission is love

January 15, 2016 | 5:39 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “It’s a little intimidating to say Mass in front of angels.” Father Chester J. Misiewicz, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, was talking about some of the young people who play a part in youth ministry at the parish. The ministry is not only to youth, but by them. They were […]

Bishop McManus present Retired Religious awards

December 8, 2015 | 1:12 pm | Lead Story #1

  By Tanya Connor Millions will sing, “O come, O come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel” this Advent, Bishop McManus said in his homily Sunday at St. Paul Cathedral. He asked whether they have considered the spiritual impact those words are meant to make. It was the first Sunday of Advent and the bishop was […]

Cathedral announces $800,000 capital campaign

November 19, 2015 | 9:03 pm | Lead Story #1

By Margaret M. Russell It begins in prayer and, through the grace of God, ends in success. An $800,000 capital campaign for St. Paul Cathedral was announced to parishioners Saturday evening and will be taken diocesan-wide in the coming weeks. Msgr. Robert K. Johnson, cathedral rector,  announced the “Legacy of Faith, Hope & Love” campaign […]

Catholic Charities workers hear encouragement from national leader

November 6, 2015 | 3:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Pope Francis “raised the bar” on the importance of being available to people, the president of Catholic Charities USA told local Catholic Charities representatives Monday. Dominican Sister Donna Markham was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the corporation of Catholic Charities Worcester County. She talked about meeting the […]

Thomas Merton Library dedicated at prison

October 30, 2015 | 12:49 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor SHIRLEY – A Thomas Merton library dedicated to a local Catholic Oct. 21 was willed to a Trappist abbey – then donated to a prison. The action itself was a reminder of points Pope Francis made during his recent U.S. visit. Thomas Merton, the famed Trappist, was one of the people “outside […]

‘Be like Christ’ to those who are suffering, dying

October 22, 2015 | 3:30 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – What do you say to people who are suffering and dying? That question was addressed at Saturday’s “Death with Real Dignity” forum at Assumption College, sponsored by the local Witness for Life Committee. The speakers – Bishop McManus and Jesuit Father Myles N. Sheehan – called for seeing to it […]

Walk and walk and walk with Worcester pilgrims

October 2, 2015 | 9:24 am | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Wish you could have been more a part of the papal visit to Philadelphia? Come along for a partial pilgrimage with the diocesan youth ministry office: New Evangelization Worcester for Youth & Young Adults. Friday, Sept. 25 Boarding our four buses, 190 of us receive matching blaze-orange backpacks that meet Philadelphia’s security […]

Bishop McManus awaits Pope Francis’ visit

September 18, 2015 | 2:35 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Bishop McManus is scheduled to pray and concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and later meet with Worcester diocesan pilgrims in Philadelphia during the Holy Father’s visit to the United States next week. “I’m looking forward very much to what he has to say to the bishops,” Bishop McManus said. […]

Final service at St. Anne’s

August 21, 2015 | 2:09 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor ASHBURNHAM – One couple went back to the church where they were married. A man returned to a place that’s been in his family since its beginning. Two sisters made a last visit. The church that drew these and a few dozen other people Saturday was St. Anne’s. All came to 162 […]