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The entire nation was shocked to learn the sad news last week that NBC Washington bureau chief and “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert had died of an apparent heart attack. more
“Unless the trumpet blast is strong and clear, few will follow.” This scriptural admonition given to angels and prophets sent to do God’s bidding describes the life and legacy of Blessed Pope John Paul II. more
The national debate over the healthcare system always seems to revolve around the same issues: How can it be affordable and accessible for all people? What is the legitimate role of government? What about the problem of skyrocketing premiums for employers? more
On January 22, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ban taxpayer funding of abortion. By a 63 vote margin, the House came to the common sense judgment that American tax dollars should not pay for abortion. The people of Rhode Island, however, were not well served as Congressman Jim Langevin voted against this ban. R.I. Catholics are profoundly disappointed that he chose not to vote on the side of life. more
The renewal of the Church depends on the family. Vibrant Catholic families — committed to living the faith with integrity and passing it on to future generations — provide hope for the future. more
The events in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Md., have rightly disturbed us. These protests and riots have led pundits on both sides of the aisle to blame police racism and brutality on the one hand, and criminals and “thugs” on the other. The problem, however, is much deeper than racism or criminality. more
It happened again this past week in Southern California: a disturbed gunman with no regard for human life opened fire on innocent persons, leaving survivors with more questions than answers. It is a scene that has played itself out, with haunting familiarity, from schools to businesses across America. Many in the media have summed it up as a social problem, or a legal issue that could have been prevented with better gun laws. We would be deceiving ourselves, however, if we failed to recognize that the problem is not primarily social or legal, but a spiritual one. more
A paper written by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza, while a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, has been reported but is not gaining widespread attention. In it, he indicates his preference for atheism, as it is commonly understood, in place of the God of the Judeo-Christian world. He argues that for most people God is simply a figment of one’s imagination. He contends that the faith which forms the basis of our nation’s constitution should be replaced with a completely secularized foundation. more
We can never underestimate the power of example, especially when it comes to living the Gospel in our daily lives. In the past two weeks, two high profile figures have spoken about either becoming Catholic or reentering the Catholic Church all because of Pope Francis. more
The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the holy rosary. The four weeks ahead represent a privileged time of the year for Catholics to recommit themselves to this prayer indispensable for … more
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