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The beginning of November marks the time that we celebrate All Saints’ Day, in which we commemorate those men and women who have persevered in their faith and have entered the Heavenly Kingdom, and … 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
The recent “March for Our Lives” marked a crucial moment for our nation’s young people. Several national and local media outlets, in connection with the march, have referenced Pope Francis’ … more
Over these last few weeks the airwaves of Rhode Island have been bombarded with negative advertisements from candidates. It is a recipe for cynicism and apathy among the eligible voting public. more
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Within three years of those famous words from then-President Ronald Reagan in 1987, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down and communism along with it. Of course, it is well-known even to those who are not religiously inclined that the fall of communism can be more accurately attributed to the relentless spiritual influence of St. John Paul II on the Western World. more
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