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    Last November, along with four other of my brother bishops, I was elected as a delegate to the international Synod on Synodality, which will take up the entire month of … more
We read in history books about the persecutions of Christians in the early centuries. But we would be mistaken to think that such persecution only existed in the past. Just last week a seminarian in … more
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” As God, Jesus knows everything. So, when he delivered these words to … more
Too often lately, it feels like the offices from which we’ve historically taken our cues — our political and community leadership, the punditry, local authorities and even some church … more
Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atomic bomb is the subject matter of a recently released feature film that bears the physicist’s surname. The movie has … more
I recently had the chance to make my first official “at-home” Eucharistic pilgrimage. It was a torrentially rainy day in Chicago — as a matter of fact, if you had a basement, there … more
I can remember driving through Narragansett in the backseat of my parents’ car and seeing a strange van passing by with peculiar images draped across the sides. Even though I don’t … more
On a cool Roman morning in November of 1998, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin arrived at the Apostolic Palace for his ad limina audience with the pope. John Paul II named the now 50-year-old Tobin a bishop six … more
In a scene from George Orwell’s “1984,” an interrogator tells the protagonist Winston Smith: “In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would … more
On June 29, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul — the patrons of our diocese. These two men were, unquestionably, the greatest leaders of the early Church, yet both … more
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is an anti-Catholic hate group, made up of drag queens whose specialty is blasphemy and sacrilege. When it was announced that the “Sisters” were to be … more
    On Saturday, June 24, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Also, on Saturday, the Church of Providence celebrates the ordination to the … more
Earlier this month Congress raised the debt limit and included work requirements for recipients of government aid. The Church’s social teaching necessarily discusses and elaborates on the … more
Toward the end of his Gospel, St. John recalls an encounter between the Risen Christ and Saint Peter by the Sea of Tiberias. Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Biblical commentators signal … more
Recently, reports surfaced from the Archdiocese of Hartford that a Connecticut pastor uncovered a “Eucharistic miracle” during his parish Mass. Fearing that there weren’t enough … more
This weekend the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. The dogma of the Trinity—which teaches us that there is one God in three Divine Persons—may sound theoretical and abstract, but in … more
Our Lady has appeared in many places throughout the world in the last two centuries, some of which (such as Fatima and Lourdes) are familiar to most of us. But many Catholics are not aware of the one … more
Students of contemporary American history will recall the national debate in the 1990s over legislative efforts to ban partial-birth abortion. President Bill Clinton twice vetoed a congressional ban … more
In the tech world one word stands out: ChatGPT. This remarkable piece of technology enables users to input a question or request and receive a response. Unlike prior search engines, this tool … more
May is the month Catholic devotion to Mary increases. Praying the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament and the May Crowning by children who received their First Holy Communion are common devotions … more
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