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“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
The world, provoked by recent media attention, was eagerly awaiting news from the Vatican announcing sweeping changes. As this year’s Synod of Bishops came to a close, it was anticipated by some that the Church would make some new advancements and announce that gay men and women are now a welcomed part of the faith community. more
As the Synod of Bishops on the family convenes in Rome, hundreds of shepherds from around the world have come together to ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance on leading the Catholic Church in the new evangelization. Their focus will target marriage and families in today’s world and there will not be any major doctrinal issues resolved in a few weeks but all growth in understanding begins with dialogue. more
During the Pope’s recent trip to the country of Georgia he addressed the topics of marriage and human sexuality. He did so with both clarity and compassion regarding the truth about human love and … more
Winter is holding on for dear life here in the Northeast. Nevertheless, it must lose its grip and die, because the spring will inexorably come. Hope springs eternal, but never more beautifully than … more
The future of many special needs students in Catholic and private schools was put in jeopardy recently. more
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wisely wrote in their statement Living the Gospel of Life, “We get the public officials we deserve. more
Where are the men? They are half the church but a small percentage of Catholic Church ministries. Since the 1960s, rightfully so, the vital role of the laity has been encouraged and elevated in the Church. When the call went out in the 1960s and even into the 70s the women were home with their kids during the day and were often the first to step up to the invitation to serve the Church. This in no way diminishes the role women have played, but is a practical reflection on a visible reality. There is no doubt, without the countless hours of labor and prayer from women the Church would not be where it is today. more
We all know that the benefits of practicing the Catholic faith are “out of this world.” But, according to a recent study done at Ohio State University, there’s also an important blessing in … more
Just over one year ago Governor Donald Carcieri announced his crackdown on illegal immigrants in Rhode Island. more
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