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Today our nation carries on a tradition that goes back at least to the time of Abraham Lincoln — setting aside a Thursday late in November as a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. We are reminded of our origins as Americans, and of the pilgrims who came to this land searching for freedom — freedom of religion and freedom of expression. We thank God for our heritage, but we must reflect on how we have carried on our forebears’ traditions of tolerance and freedom. more
NORTH PROVIDENCE — Dr. Michael Belanger, an orthopedic surgeon based in Johnston, recently became the first Rhode Island surgeon to perform an innovative new “custom fit” knee replacement procedure that precisely mimics the anatomy of an individual’s knee. more
Although Jesus himself never treasured nor even accepted the title “king,” this royal identity is a logical result of centuries of Christian belief. Jesus was born into the line of King David. Jesus was worshipped by the three Persian noblemen. more
PROVIDENCE – The Diocese of Providence has responded to two separate inquires made by Attorney General Patrick Lynch relative to properties offered for sale, and accusations, many false, made by a Massachusetts-based organization about the church's reporting methods relative to sexual abuse. Lawyers for the diocese promptly responded to the inquiries. more
CHEPACHET – The American Camp Association (ACA) announced today that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence operated Mother of Hope Camp has received ACA-Accredited Camp status for 2008. more
The readings for this year’s feast of Christ the King proclaim the paradox of Christian faith. Jesus, the rejected and crucified one, is also the triumphant Messiah who brings salvation “through the blood of his cross.” more
BALTIMORE – The announcement of dates and locations for Pope Benedict XVI’s U.S. visit next year highlighted the U.S. bishops’ Nov. 12-15 fall general meeting in Baltimore. The Holy Father’s April 15-20 trip will include visits to New York and Washington and an address at the United Nations. more
PROVIDENCE – A Mass celebrated 12 years ago at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine ignited a dream that was finally fulfilled last weekend. more
­MANCHESTER, N.H. — At an October 27 Mass celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral by the Most Rev. John B. McCormack, Bishop of Manchester, several members of the Rhode Island clergy and laity were invested as Knights in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, an order with more than 900 years of history of individuals who have demonstrated a true commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church. more
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