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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "John Paul II is blessed because of his faith -- a strong, generous and apostolic faith," Pope Benedict XVI said May 1 just minutes after formally beatifying his predecessor. more
Perhaps you’ve noticed the devotional prayers that appear frequently in the Catholic press, in this newspaper and others, prayers addressed to Jesus, our Blessed Mother or one of the saints. For example, this novena to St. Jude: “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, help for the hopeless, pray for us. more
CUMBERLAND – Mercy Sister Althea Marie Margeson, 86, formerly Sister M. Irenes, a retired educator, physical therapist and advocate for the poor, died Nov. 30 at Mount St. Rita Health Centre. more
Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; and John 2:13-25 more
Fourth of July is a time to reflect upon our mission as Americans and as Catholics. As Catholic Americans our mission is the same as it was 2000 years ago when our church was founded, same as it was over 200 years ago when our nation was founded and the same as it was 100 years ago when our many of our own ancestors arrived from Europe and Canada. more
PROVIDENCE — It may be surprising to know that it wasn’t a group of recycling-savvy adults, but rather a group of fifth graders that established the state’s only non-profit entity that collects and donates used cooking oil to heat the homes of those in need. more
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin visits with former graduates of St. Cecilia who gathered to celebrate the Pawtucket school’s 100th Anniversary. more
The revelation of the Holy Trinity is like a wedding invitation. Such an invitation is a declaration of love. Whether simple, funny, or elaborate, this basic piece of mail speaks of love. It reveals a love of commitment, willing sacrifice and exclusivity. It is a love that will be shared, a love that will bring life into the world. more
Blessed Chiara Badano (1971-1990) was a young law woman in the Diocese of Aqui Terme, Italy. She was the daughter of Ruggero Badano, a truck driver, and Maria Teresa Caviglia. She was a happy, kind and pious girl, who at first wanted to be a flight attendant. more
PROVIDENCE — Thomas Mathieu, 67, is down on his luck. He’s had 16 surgeries during the last 12 years and is unable to work due to a heart condition, as well as a bone deficiency that causes severe issues with his back, knee and neck. He also suffers from emphysema, one of multiple diseases known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. more
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