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Rituals matters. They connect us to ourselves, our past, and to one another. They speak to the strong desire in us for continuity, for a future that somehow we will recognize. Rituals save us from anonymity. more
“That’s a really, really hard question,” explained Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline when asked if Catholic institutions such as Providence College and Fatima Hospital should be exempted from the Obama Administration’s mandate for healthcare coverage that includes birth control, sterilization and abortion inducing drugs. more
For 20 years the Catholic Church has celebrated World Day of the Sick on February 11 — the day on which the church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes — under the sponsorship of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. more
At the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul this week former Rhode Island Governor J. Joseph Garrahy was laid to rest. The Governor was a staunch advocate of the unborn and an outspoken pro-life Democrat. more
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, President Obama at a White House ceremony last week recognized nine Catholic teachers as “Champions of Catholic Education.” more
During political campaigns it too often seems that politics triumphs over principles. In the case of President Obama’s bid for reelection it seems that politics is not just triumphing over principles but rather trampling right over the principles of personal conscience and religious freedom. more
In St. Mary Cemetery in Pawtucket lies the grave of John Gordon. Gordon was an Irish immigrant who was convicted of killing the prominent businessman Amasa Sprague in 1843. more
This weekend thousands will once again make the pilgrimage for life and pause and pray for an end to the terrible evil begun on January 22, 1973. more
David Clohessy, the director of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is a longtime critic of the Catholic Church who frequently lectures church leaders on the need for transparency with regard to priests accused of abuse. more
The Christmas Season has ended and along with it the great controversy over the naming of the State House tree. However, just as the great debate of last month was laid to rest along comes the Freedom From Religion Foundation with their new billboard on Route 295 urging government officials to “Keep Religion OUT of Politics.” more
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