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As our Christmas celebrations are behind us and we have moved into the New Year, we must again turn our attention to the world around us. In Syria, for example, Christians hide from neighbors for fear of persecution and involuntarily being drawn into a three-year old civil war. The current ruler’s indiscriminate killing of those seeking change has included many of the two million Christians living in the nation. more
Two weeks ago, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Ecuador. More than 650 people were killed and 12,000 injured, and more than 25,000 are still in shelters. The quake, which had … more
It is graduation season in the nation once again and as is customary a whole host of celebrities, authors and politicians are invited to deliver commencement addresses to the graduating classes. more
The spiritual work is well underway for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. While these next two weeks will necessarily confront many challenging topics that feature prominently in the news, the working document in preparation for the synod also addressed the necessity for piety and fruitful spirituality within family life. more
Since last June Rhode Island has had a civil union law that grants homosexual couples “all the rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities” that have traditionally been assigned to marriage between one man and one woman. more
Franciscans the world over recently observed the annual Transitus, the solemn memorial of the transition of St. Francis from this world to eternal life. Transitus takes place each year on October 3, the eve of Francis’ death and feast day. In a mysterious and beautiful way, that sacred event was marked this year by the death of Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., one of St. Francis’ most beloved and well-known sons. more
Every year on Holy Thursday night, pilgrims across the global Church visit churches to adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Historians posit that this tradition originates from the nascent … more
President-elect and Mrs. Obama have made a choice for their children. They have chosen the Sidwell Friends School for Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. more
On Tuesday, the State of Rhode Island began another New Year at the State House as the General Assembly began their legislative session. more
Recently in Diocese of Providence two young men, who had begun their seminary preparations years ago, were ordained to the Diaconate. The Church always rejoices when new vocations are brought to … more
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