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TO THE EDITOR: For way too long there has been a hypocritical picking on of Christian religious symbols and holidays, and calling them something they are not, and doing so under the guise of not wanting to offend others. more
(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-The St. Anthony Good Citizehship Awards were presented to four outstanding students currently enrolled in diocesan Catholic schools. Ten students were nominated for their outstanding contributions to society. more
Readings: Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; and Mark 6:7-13 more
PROVIDENCE -The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence’s Catholic Charity Appeal has provided a significant grant of $50,000 to the Diocesan heating assistance program that provides immediate relief to those who cannot afford their heating bill and those in danger of utility shut offs. more
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Chanting the Litany of the Saints, asking a host of holy men and women to help them, the cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel in procession, aware of their enormous responsibility to elect a new pope. more
With pleasures of the body — it is desire that delights us, realization which disappoints; with pleasures of the soul, desire is weak but spiritual experience is a source of the greatest joy … When our souls are full of spiritual joy we long for more, since by tasting it we learn to desire it more eagerly. more
NORTH SMITHFIELD — John E. Unsworth Sr., 88, of Villa at St. Antoine and a former longtime resident of East Providence died on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Rhode Island Hospital. more
Mardi Gras celebration JOHNSTON — St. Anne Sodality of Our Lady of Grace Church, 4 Lafayette St., is sponsoring its ninth annual Mardi Gras on March 1 at Fioretti Hall, located below the church. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., with an antipasti table, while dinner will be served at 7 p.m. There will be music, dancing, games, gift raffle baskets, prizes and more. For ticket information, call 231-7334 or 949-0661. more
Last Thursday morning, more than 500 young women gathered on the lawn of St. Mary Academy — Bay View, in Riverside, to pray for the safe return of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria one month ago. more
PROVIDENCE — Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has a message for those who find themselves caught up in the current media storm – out of either excitement or anxiety – following a statement released Monday by the Synod of Bishops gathered at the Vatican that some believe portends a “seismic shift” in the church’s approach to specific issues of marriage and family, including the pastoral response to persons with homosexual orientation. more
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