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In late December the portrait of former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri was unveiled at the State House. It beautifully depicts the Governor as a leader and statesman at his desk with the American and Rhode Island flags in the background as well as a ship’s wheel. more
This new year of 2011 began with the cold of winter continuing to grip our state. Just before Christmas the cold arrived unwanted and unwelcomed. It soon began to takes its toll on the many homeless in Rhode Island as they sought shelter from the harsh winter nights. more
Christmas 2010 might be celebrated under the gloom of military conflicts in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, and the Sudan. Natural disasters have left countless people with nothing in places like Haiti, Pakistan, and Chile. more
In defiance of the Vatican’s objections, China’s government run “Patriotic” Catholic Church recently held a three-day meeting to select new leaders in Beijing. more
On December 2, 1980 four Catholic missionaries serving the missions in El Salvador were abducted, raped and murdered as the country descended into civil war. more
A new book has been published in which Pope Benedict XVI discusses a full range of issues ranging from communion in the hand to global warming. more
In a scene reminiscent of the ancient gladiator contests in the Roman Coliseum a couple from Minnesota is taking an online poll asking whether the woman who is 17 weeks pregnant should have an abortion. more
At the conclusion of the recent Synod on the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted the "challenges" to the churches of the region, from communion essential for ecumenical and interreligious dialogue to the urgent 'need for "religious freedom" and continued dialogue with Islam. more
"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief; it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light; it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope; it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us; we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven; we were all going the other way." more
November is traditionally known as “All Souls” month in the Catholic Church. It is time when Catholics remember the dead in prayer especially at Masses offered for deceased relatives and friends. more
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