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October 31 will mark the 499th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Pope Francis will be travelling to Sweden, once a Lutheran stronghold, to begin a year of inter-religious observances of … more
The Scripture readings at Mass this past weekend reminded us of the power of prayer. It’s an important lesson, for after all, without prayer the Christian life is an empty shell; it has no … more
The Perrys were a large family, ten children, who lived just across Route 95 from the former Sacred Heart Church in the Pleasant View section of Pawtucket. The children were very familiar to the … more
Although the Catholic Church and its preachers and educators have made tremendous progress over the past fifty years, the average Catholic is still not comfortable with the Bible, neither … more
Throw your political affiliation out the window! But you’re a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you’re a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that … more
The animosity among the various peoples of Asia Minor is not only legendary, hostilities continue to this day. The Parthians, Medes, and Elimites, the Canaanites, Samaritans, and Jews of yesteryear … more
Dear Brothers and Sisters, “In this year, the Diocese of Providence will renew its devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. We will strive anew to imitate her virtues, and to seek her grace and … more
Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent … more
There is an urgent need, especially nowadays, for a more widespread and deeply felt conviction that all the members of the Church, without exception, have the grace and responsibility to look after … more
“The weapon the devil has most at the ready for destroying the Church from within is division.” So said Pope Francis a few weeks ago when speaking to recently ordained bishops serving in … more
As the first pope in history to write an encyclical letter on the environment, Pope Francis demonstrated the urgent importance of caring for God’s creation to the Catholic church and the … more
The movie Ben-Hur, the last of the summer’s epic releases, cost $100,000,000 to produce but earned only $10,000,000 on its opening weekend. And the critics were no kinder. “Amateurish … more
One of the beautiful things about aging is the wealth of experiences that becomes available, as they accumulate over the years—beyond our control, and sometimes far beyond our wildest expectations. … more
By Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND Pope Francis wrote “Amoris Laetitia”, The Joy of Love, on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2016 after a two year study and Synod of Bishops on the topic of … more
Well, dear reader, I hope you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. But now it’s time to get back to work, and so I reclaim my regular spot here in the Rhode Island Catholic. During the … more
Just about everyone who reads or hears the Parable of the Merciful Father and his prodigal son has a bit of sympathy for the elder son who very dutifully stays by his father’s side, works hard, and … more
Allow me to share with you one of the highpoints of my life – a short, yet deeply enriching encounter with a saint. Nearly 30 years ago, I worked at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of … more
The Gospel according to St. Luke is rightly labelled the gospel of the poor. His sensitivity toward the needy is necessary in every generation and in every circumstance. St. Luke would have been as … more
Imagine, right now at this very moment you and your loved ones need to run for your lives! With hardly more than the clothes on your backs, you and your family must flee from an invading armed … more
St. Luke’s account of the industrious farmer who crowned his agricultural success by building bigger barns to store his remarkable produce is not the first Biblical story to note humanity’s bent … more
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