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Once again it is back to school time across the nation and notably weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic schools that were on the brink of closing for lack of enrollment. more
The recent decision by the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to mandate so-called “preventive services” that require private health plans to cover female surgical sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the Federal Drug Administration as contraceptives has been rightly criticized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other pro-life groups. more
Next week hundreds of thousands of young Catholics will gather in Spain to celebrate World Youth Day 2011. more
An Illinois judge ruled late July 12 that the State of Illinois termination of its contracts with Catholic agencies providing foster care and adoption services risks causing “irreparable injury" to the nearly 2,000 children involved. more
With little fanfare, Governor Chafee recently signed into law a bill that legally recognizes civil unions of same-sex couples in the Ocean State. The Governor remarked that he was reluctantly signing the bill as he truly wished to sign a bill that redefined marriage and legalized homosexual marriage. more
In recent months our diocese has celebrated the anniversaries of many priests who have served the Church of Providence faithfully for 65, 60 and 50 years. more
The nation’s bishops will gather next week in Seattle, Washington for their annual Spring General Assembly. On the docket is a debate and vote on a new document on physician-assisted suicide: To Live Each Day with Dignity. more
In just a few minutes on May 22, a twister between a half to one-mile wide tore through Joplin, Mo., a city of 50,000, leaving it in ruins, and at least 116 people dead. more
This past weekend graduating college seniors across the nation listened as commencement speakers offered words of wisdom and inspiration to them. The choice of sports figures or entertainers normally does not provoke protests or cause controversy in the elite world of academia. more
In these tough economic times with huge budget deficits and numerous proposals to either increase or reduce taxes and spending, the U.S. Bishops have issued a call to the nation’s political leaders to protect poor and vulnerable people in budget debates. more
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