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While the flood waters have receded and some displaced families have returned to their homes, Rhode Islanders of all faiths have reached out to their brothers and sisters affected by the disaster with compassion, providing food, clothing, building materials and many other forms of support. more
Three months after a powerful earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti, aid money continues to flow in from all over the world to help the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, including millions of dollars from dioceses across the United States, including nearly $1 million from the Diocese of Providence. more
One of most notorious nominees of the Obama administration withdrew her bid for confirmation after languishing for more than a year without a Senate vote. more
The sexual abuse of innocent children is deplorable; the sexual abuse of innocent children by priests is diabolic. The sad history of priestly sexual abuse has wrought great pain to its many victims, great scandal to the faithful and great sadness to all those who love the church. more
In a reflection upon the meaning of Easter and the impact Jesus’ resurrection should have on believers, the great Christian apologist and writer, C.S. Lewis once recounted the story of a very small and very devout boy who was eager for Easter and the season of joy it would inaugurate. The young boy was heard murmuring what must have been a poem of his own making, it began: “chocolate eggs and Jesus risen...” more
Commentators have described last Sunday’s passage of the Health Care Reform Bill by the House of Representatives as historic. However, historic is not the only adjective to describe the bill- flawed is closer to the reality. more
When Andre Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his parish priest saying, "I am sending you a saint." The Brothers found that difficult to believe. more
In the midst of a bad economy and huge deficits some hard-pressed states and municipalities are targeting nonprofits for new sources of tax revenue at a time when charities struggle to meet the increased demands for their services. more
President Obama and Congressional leaders have launched the final push to enact healthcare reform. Notably absent from the proposed bill is the Stupak Amendment, a measure approved by the House which restricted the use of federal funds to pay for insurance coverage of abortions. more
Time and time again proponents of homosexual marriage have promised churches and religious institutions they have nothing to fear from their radical proposal to redefine marriage. more
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