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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although by March 6 the world's cardinals had not set a date to begin the conclave to elect a new pope, they had begun discussing "the profile" required of the next pope to meet the needs of the church, the Vatican spokesman said. more
PROVIDENCE — On Sunday, Oct. 27, Catholic parishes throughout the diocese and the United States will show support for their priests with prayer, celebration and dialogue. Priesthood Sunday is a one-day celebration of the priesthood organized by parish lay leaders and coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International. more
President Obama’s address at the National Prayer Breakfast this week was exactly right. On two issues his words hit the nail on the head. The President explained, “Central to [human] dignity is freedom of religion—the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose.” Second, he charged, “Killing the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will. In fact, it is the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.” Unfortunately, his words are not matched by the actions of his administration. more
NORTH SCITUATE - El retiro, Cámbiame a mi Señor para mujeres, se llevó acabo el 23, 24 y 25 de Mayo en las instalaciones de la Casa Roja en North Scituate, RI. El evento, fue organizado por el Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Providence y asistieron 36 mujeres de distintas parroquias. Desde sus inicios, el retiro está dirigido a por la señora Aida Hidalgo, quien lo implementó cuando se encontraba como directora del Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Providence. more
Claire McMahon of Warwick receives Communion from Father Roland Simoneau, pastor, during the Centennial Mass at St. Benedict Church, the first Roman Catholic Church in Warwick, on September 27. more
At St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, known for its saintly porter, Brother André, now St. André, there is a basilica on the top floor. Its stark simplicity seems to reach into the soul of anyone who steps inside it. The Stations of the Cross are particularly engaging. They are three dimensional life-size stone images, bas-reliefs. Unlike most stations, which are mounted above the heads of the people, these are at ground level. You stand in front of them as if in front of a real person, face to face, hand to hand. The cross is at shoulder height. You can look into the eyes and face of Jesus, the soldier, Mary, Veronica. The nails are large, more like spikes. more
NEWPORT — Accompanied by his service dog, John O’Brien of Jamestown beamed as he held his master’s degree in administration of justice and homeland security from Salve Regina University. more
Parishes, youth groups and Knights of Columbus participated in the 36th annual Autumnfest celebration in northern Rhode Island over Columbus day weekend. more
Go and make disciples of all nations and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. With this mandate, Saint Matthew closes his narrative of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ command … more
St. Augustine School in Providence held their second annual “Blessing of the Pets” on Oct. 6 in the morning before school. Pets were blessed by Father Robert Forcier. Younger students were also … more
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