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“No sun; no moon. No morn; no noon. No dawn; no dusk. No proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease. No comfortable feel in any member. No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees. No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! November!” more
SCRANTON, Pa. — Sister M. Greta Collins, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Thursday, February 14, at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa. more
WASHINGTON —The U.S. bishops' second annual Fortnight for Freedom — a period of prayer and fasting to raise awareness of challenges to religious liberty, both nationally and internationally — is planned for June 21 to July 4. more
EAST PROVIDENCE — Joseph N. Iacovacci, 91, died on Wednesday, October 9, at Kent County Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Regina E. (Incollingo) Iacovacci. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Nicola and Rose (Regoli) Iacovacci. more
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI announced, on Feb. 11, 2013, that he would become the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, speculation was as varied as it was excited about the long-term consequences of his historic act. But one common line of thought held that, for better or worse, his decision might leave the papacy a less exalted and powerful office, bringing the supreme pontiff closer to the level of other bishops, clergy and faithful. 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
It has never been easy for lepers. In ancient Israel, a leper was forced to “dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.” His exile was a kind of quarantine. He was also required to alter his appearance, keeping “his garments rent and his head bare.” He was to be easily recognizable so that others could stay clear. If he did appear in public, he was to cry out repeatedly, “Unclean, unclean!” warning all bystanders of his presence. To top it off, he enjoyed little sympathy. Most considered leprosy a punishment for sin. Miriam was temporarily punished with leprosy for grumbling against Moses (Num 12:1-10). Job too, because of his leprosy, is accused of some secret wrongdoing. The leper suffered physically and spiritually. He bore the pain of open sores upon his body and the burden of condemnation upon his soul. 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
Parishioners of Sacred Heart Church, Woonsocket, gathered outside the rectory with their family pets on Sunday to receive a blessing from Father Brian Sistare. more
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